Microbiology and Molecular Biology


Basic principles of virology, emphasizing selected molecular aspects of virus life cycles and disease processes.
 Hours3.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 0.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesMMBIO 240 & MMBIO 261
 TaughtFall, Winter
 ProgramsContaining MMBIO 465
Course Outcomes: 

Virology Fundamentals

Be able to answer basic questions about Virology: Why are viruses organized as they are? How do viruses replicate? How do viruses cause disease? What are the interactions between viruses and the host immune system? How to prevent/treat/cure viral infections? How can viruses be used as tools to study biological processes and for gene transfer? How can an understanding of viruses help you in your future career?

*Relates to Program Learning Outcome: “Exhibit mastery of four of the principal areas of the discipline”, one of which is Virology.

Experimental Tools

Understand experimental tools used to study viruses (these are broadly applicable to molecular biology, cell biology, and microbiology) and be able to develop experiments and interpret data.

*Relates to Program Learning Outcomes: “Devise experiments with appropriate hypotheses and controls” and “Interpret experiments from primary scientific literature”

Scientific Writing

Write about a current, pressing issue in the field of Virology.

*Relates to Program Learning Outcome: “Communicate scientific information”

Alleviating Human Suffering

Understand how research of viruses “by study and also by faith” can lead to alleviation of human disease and suffering.

*Relates to Program Learning Outcome: “Reflect/discuss/explore how faith in the Lord and Christ-like living are affected by an understanding of fundamental biological processes”