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Course Title
Course Level
Units
METX 41
Physiology of Disease
Lower Division
5 units
Introduces students to physiological processes governing cells and organs and covers mechanisms of physiological regulation and how their malfunction leads to disease. This course is designed to directly contribute to achieving the program learning outcomes for the B.S. in Global and Community Health and is specifically required for the Public and Community Health concentration. In addition, this course provides the foundation for a number of upper-division classes related to health including: BIOL130; METX 115; METX 135/METX 135L; METX 138; BIOL 117; METX 102. Prerequisites: METX 41 has no prerequisite but taking BIOL 20A is strongly recommended. Enrollment limited to 150. (General Education Code(s): SI.)
METX 80E
Aquatic Toxicology
Lower Division
5 units
An introduction to the sources, cycling, and impacts of toxicants in aquatic systems, including acid rain, ground water, fresh water rivers and lakes, estuaries, and the ocean. Emphasis is on the properties of toxic chemicals that influence their biogeochemical cycles and factors that influence their toxicity to aquatic organisms and humans. (General Education Code(s): SI.)
METX 100
Introduction to Microbiology
Upper Division
5 units
Introduces the biology of microorganisms (bacteria, archaea, viruses, fungi, and unicellular eukaryotes), with an emphasis on bacteria. Topics include microbial cell structure and function, physiology, metabolism, genetics, and diversity. Also considers the role of microbes in human health, the environment, biotechnology, and food production. Students cannot receive credit for both this course and METX 119. . Prerequisite(s): BIOL 20A or ESCI 30.
METX 101
Sources and Fates of Pollutants
Upper Division
5 units
Presents in-depth important principles of environmental toxicology related to the introduction, transport, and fate of toxicants in aquatic and terrestrial environments, including environmental chemistry and biogeochemical cycles as well as exposure pathways and uptake by organisms. Additional emphasis placed on susceptibility and effects of toxicants across organ systems, toxicokinetic and biomarkers of exposure, and effects at the ecosystem level. Students cannot receive credit for this course and METX 201.
METX 102
Cell and Molecular Toxicology
Upper Division
5 units
Emphases of biochemical, cellular, and organ system basis of intoxication, including dose-response relationships, biotransformation of toxicants, biochemical mechanisms underlying toxicity, factors influencing toxic action, and biomarkers of exposure. Emphasizes effects of various classes of toxins, including heavy metals and persistent synthetic organics, with a focus on susceptible biochemical/cellular processes of the central nervous, immune, hepatic, and renal target organ systems. Designed for advanced undergraduates. Students cannot receive credit for this course and METX 202. Prerequisite(s): BIOL 20A and BIOE 20B or equivalent; BIOL 100 and BIOC 110 recommended. Enrollment restricted to juniors and seniors.
METX 115
Environmental Health Science
Upper Division
5 units
Addresses challenges related to environmental health, their impact on the health of biological structures, and humans as active elements in the process of environmental degradation, and as passive elements as well. Students discuss events as case studies of environmental health that contributed to environmental protection, and disease control and prevention. Course involves collaborative endeavor in which students develop a group assignment throughout the 10 weeks of the course that is evaluated at the end of the course. . Prerequisite(s): BIOL 20A or ENVS 23 or BIOL 89. (General Education Code(s): PR-E.)
METX 119
Microbiology
Upper Division
5 units
Cell and molecular biology of bacteria and their viruses, including applications in medicine, public health, agriculture, and biotechnology. Students cannot receive credit for both this course and METX 100. . Prerequisite(s): BIOC 100A or BIOL 101 or BIOL 100 or CHEM 103.
METX 119L
Microbiology Laboratory
Upper Division
5 units
An introduction to the principles and practices of laboratory microbiology, with a substantial presentation of optical microscopy. Prerequisites: Satisfaction of Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements; one course from the following:BIOL 20L, BIOL 101L, BIOL 102L; and previous or concurrent enrollment in METX 100 or METX 119. Non-majors enroll by permission of instructor.
METX 125
Practicing Safe Science
Upper Division
2 units
Introduces research safety principles and practices. Instructors and guest experts discuss research hazards and control measures. Students explore the safe use of research methods and materials via hands-on and outside exercises. Issues include compliance with hazardous waste and other environmental safety regulations.
METX 135
Functional Anatomy
Upper Division
5 units
A rigorous systems-based course in anatomy. Lectures provide an overview of functional anatomy at all levels from the systems to the tissues. Provides a mechanistic understanding of the structures of the body as a foundation for human-health oriented studies. Prerequisite(s): BIOL 20A and BIOE 20B. Concurrent enrollment in METX 135L is required. Enrollment restricted to biological sciences majors and affiliated majors and biology minors.
METX 135C
Cadaver Dissection Laboratory
Upper Division
2 units
Dissection of a human cadaver under the direction of an anatomy instructor. Prerequisite(s): METX 135 and METX 135L, or ANTH 102A. Enrollment limited to 16. May be repeated for credit.
METX 135L
Functional Anatomy Lab
Upper Division
3 units
Complements lecture course 135. Emphasizes nomenclature and recognition; includes the embryology and histology of bones, muscles, and internal organs, and the interactions between the systems of the body. Prerequisite(s): BIOL 20A and BIOE 20B. The class is geared toward students in the biological sciences majors and affiliated majors and biology minors, but open to other majors. Concurrent enrollment in METX 135 is required. Enrollment limited to 24.
METX 140
Molecular Biology and Microbial Genetics
Upper Division
5 units
Introduces students to the field of molecular biology and microbial genetics. Covers the following topics: molecular mechanisms of DNA replication, transcription, translation, regulatory systems controlling replication, transcription, and translation; basic genetic principles with an emphasis on bacterial genetics; molecular biology and microbial genetics approaches used to understand the molecular mechanisms of interaction of microorganisms with their surroundings and other organisms; and experimental methods employing molecular biology and molecular genetics and biotechnology applications which have arisen from discoveries of bacterial mechanisms. . Prerequisite(s): BIOL 100 or BIOC 100A .
METX 144
Groundwater Contamination
Upper Division
5 units
Analyses of contemporary problems in groundwater contamination, based on current scientific understanding of contaminant transport in aquifers. Topics include both theoretical concepts and case studies. Prerequisite(s): EART 110B.
METX 150
Introduction to Research and Experimental Design
Upper Division
5 units
Lecture-based course for advanced undergraduates actively engaged in undergraduate research (e.g., independent study or senior thesis). Emphasizes basic lab skills, including laboratory safety and handling of laboratory equipment; experimental design; scientific record keeping; and literature searching, review, and management.
METX 151
Scientific Writing and Presentation
Upper Division
5 units
For advanced undergraduates who are actively engaged in undergraduate research (e.g., independent study or senior thesis). Emphasizes the collection, reduction, analysis, management, and interpretation of scientific data; the presentation of scientific data in written and oral formats; and further development of critical thinking. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements.
METX 170
Drug Action and Development
Upper Division
5 units
Lectures and case studies explore principles and approaches in drug discovery and development, emphasizing concepts in pharmacology; medicinal chemistry; and genomics- and bioinformatics-based approaches to drug discovery to illustrate pathways from discovery through development for clinical use. Cannot receive credit for this course and METX 270. (Also offered as Chemistry and Biochemistry 170 and Biomolecular Engineering 170. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) Prerequisite(s): BIOL 100 or CHEM 103 or BIOC 100A; BIOL 110, and BIOL 130 and BIOL 130L or BIOE 131 and BIOE 131L are recommended. Enrollment restricted to juniors and seniors.
METX 200
Interdisciplinary Approaches in Environmental Toxicology
Graduate
5 units
Introduction to interdisciplinary, case-based approaches to problem-solving. Demonstrates how important, current problems in environmental and human health have been addressed and solved. Presents assigned problems that integrate the different organization levels (environmental, molecular/cellular, organismal/public health) inherent to environmental and human health. Students work in collaborative teams to analyze each problem and create a proposal for a research plan/solution. This course must be taken for a letter grade. . Enrollment is restricted to graduate students. Advanced undergraduates may enroll by permission of the instructor.
METX 200B
Graduate Research Project Development
Graduate
2 units
Presents a framework for scientific writing related to developing a thesis research proposal in a topical area of microbiology and/or environmental toxicology. .
METX 201
Sources and Fates of Pollutants
Graduate
5 units
Presents in-depth important principles of environmental toxicology related to the introduction, transport, and fate of toxicants in aquatic and terrestrial environments including environmental chemistry and biogeochemical cycles as well as exposure pathways and uptake by organisms. Additional emphasis will be placed on the susceptibility and effects of toxicants across organ systems, toxicokinetics and biomarkers of exposure, and effects at the ecosystem level. Students cannot receive credit for this course and METX 101. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students; qualified undergraduate science majors may enroll with permission of instructor.
METX 202
Cell and Molecular Toxicology
Graduate
5 units
Emphasizes biochemical, cellular, and organ system basis of intoxication, including dose-response relationships, biotransformation of toxicants, biochemical mechanisms underlying toxicity, factors influencing toxic action, and biomarkers of exposure. Emphasizes effects of various classes of toxins, including heavy metals and persistent synthetic organics, with a focus on susceptible biochemical/cellular processes of the central nervous, immune, hepatic, and renal target organ systems. Students cannot receive credit for this course and METX 102 or BIOL 122.. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.
METX 203
Cellular and Molecular Toxicology
Graduate
5 units
Presents in-depth cellular and molecular principles of environmental toxicology. These include modes of action and cellular and molecular targets of toxicants, as well as mechanisms of cellular and molecular responses to toxicants and their detoxification. State-of-the-art biological methodologies and approaches to identify and study cellular targets of toxicants. Designed to provide students with a broad and deep understanding of the biological aspects of toxicology at both cellular and molecular levels, and the skills to approach emerging challenges in the field. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students; qualified undergraduates may enroll with instructor's permission.
METX 205
Scientific Grant Writing
Graduate
5 units
Provides fundamental training of graduate students in the scientific method; experimental design; ethics in science; grant proposal and scientific writing; and data presentation and scientific speaking. Students are evaluated on class participation, performance, and a written NIH/NSF-style research proposal. (Formerly Scientific Skills, Ethics, and Writing.) Enrollment restricted to graduate students. Advanced undergraduates may enroll with permission of the instructor.
METX 206A
Advanced Microbiology
Graduate
5 units
Focuses on aspects of bacterial molecular biology. Covers four main areas: (1) metabolism-catabolism, anabolism, building-block precursors; (2) transcription/signal transduction; (3) replication/plasmid biology/division; (4) translation/protein processing/secretion/cell structure. Strong focus on experimental techniques and approaches used in molecular biology, and on model bacteria, such as Escherichia coli and Bacillus subtilis. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students. Advanced undergraduates may enroll with permission of instructor.
METX 210
Molecular and Cellular Basis of Bacterial Pathogenesis
Graduate
5 units
Focuses on the molecular basis of bacterial pathogenesis with specific emphasis on gene expression, regulation, and ecology and evolution. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.Advanced undergraduates with extensive background in microbiology and biology may enroll with permission of instructor.
METX 215
Antibiotics: Actions and Resistance
Graduate
3 units
Critical review of scientific literature covering genetic and physiological mechanisms conferring resistance to antibiotics and their spread in the population. Format based on structured discussion of selected topics and original research proposal. Prerequisite(s): METX 206A or METX 119, or by permission of the instructor. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students. Enrollment limited to 12.
METX 238
Pathogenesis: Molecular Mechanisms of Disease
Graduate
5 units
Provides an overview of the mammalian innate immune response and the role of inflammation in disease. Also, presents how both environmental stressors and microbial pathogens impact inflammation. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.
METX 240
Molecular Biology of Prokaryotes
Graduate
5 units
Focuses on several aspects of prokaryotic molecular biology. Covers transcriptional regulation, translational regulation, DNA replication and segregation, protein secretion, transport of small molecules, control of metabolism, stress response, bacterial differentiation, signal transduction, biofilm formation, and motility. Strong focus on experimental techniques and approaches used in prokaryotic molecular biology. Focus on model bacteria such as Escherichia coli and Bacillus subtilis.Students cannot receive credit for this course and METX 140.
METX 245A
Scientific Communication in Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology A
Graduate
5 units
Introduces multiple forms of scientific presentation and communication to graduate students. Students learn to craft and deliver multiple types of written and visual communications, including formal and informal modes, on a topic developed as part of the class. Prerequisite(s): METX 200. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students. Enrollment limited to 10.
METX 245B
Scientific Communication in Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology B
Graduate
5 units
Continuation of METX 245A. Students develop and refine a capstone in-depth report in a written form and as an oral presentation. Prerequisite(s): METX 245A. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students. Enrollment limited to 10.
METX 250
Environmental Microbiology
Graduate
5 units
How microbes interact with their environments. Topics include anaerobic metabolism; biotransformation of toxic metals and organic pollutants; geomicrobiology; life in extreme environments; water quality. Advanced undergraduates with extensive background in microbiology and biology may enroll with permission of instructor. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.
METX 270
Drug Action and Development
Graduate
5 units
Lectures and case studies explore principles and approaches in drug discovery and development, emphasizing concepts in pharmacology; medicinal chemistry; and genomics- and bioinformatics-based approaches to drug discovery to illustrate pathways from discovery through development for clinical use. Cannot receive credit for this course and METX 170. (Also offered as Chemistry and Biochemistry 270 and Biomolecular Engineering 270. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.
METX 281A
Topics in Environmental Toxicology
Graduate
5 units
Selected topics in environmental toxicology. Topics vary from year to year. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students; qualified upper-division science majors may enroll with instructor's permission. May be repeated for credit.
METX 281C
Topics in Environmental Microbiology
Graduate
2 units
Seminar and discussion focusing on mechanism of microbial transformation of metals. Participants present results from their research projects in a seminar format. Relevant journal articles presented and discussed. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students; qualified undergraduates may enroll with instructor's permission.
METX 281J
Mechanisms of Virulence and Resistance to Infectious Disease
Graduate
2 units
Research seminar focusing on the mechanisms underlying host resistance or susceptibility to infectious diseases, and virulence strategies utilized by bacterial pathogens. Participants are required to present results from their own research and relevant journal articles. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students. Qualified undergraduate students may enroll with instructor’s permission. May be repeated for credit.
METX 281M
Topics in Molecular Toxicology
Graduate
2 units
Seminar and discussion on the mechanisms of toxicity in DNA alkylating agents. Participants present results from their research, and relevant journal articles are discussed. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students. Undergraduates may enroll with instructor's permission. Enrollment limited to 5. May be repeated for credit.
METX 281O
Topics in Bacterial Pathogenesis
Graduate
2 units
Intensive seminar focusing on mechanisms of bacterial pathogenesis of the ulcer-causing bacterium Helicobacter pylori. Participants are required to present results from their own research and relevant journal articles. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students; qualified undergraduates may enroll with permission of instructor. Enrollment limited to 20. May be repeated for credit.
METX 281P
Origins and Applications of Human Gut Microbial Symbiosis
Graduate
2 units
Research seminar focusing on how beneficial and harmful bacterial species living in the human intestine compete with one another for nutrients in food, and how our immune systems influence the outcomes of these competitions. Emphasis is placed on the evolution of relationships between organisms. Discussion will include genetic, biochemical, bioinformatic, and immunological methods for advancing knowledge about the impacts of microbes on host health. Participants are required to present results from their own research, analyze current literature, and develop future aims for their studies. All lab members of the Patnode Lab are required to take this course. . Enrollment is restricted to graduate students. Qualified undergraduate students may enroll with instructor’s permission. May be repeated for credit.
METX 281R
Topics in Genome-Environment Interactions
Graduate
2 units
Intensive research seminar focusing on the effects of exposure to environmental agents and multigenerational epigenetic inheritance of disease. Participants are required to present results from their own research and relevant journal articles. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students. Qualified undergraduate students may enroll with instructor’s permission. May be repeated for credit.
METX 281S
Cellular and Organismal Responses to Toxicants
Graduate
2 units
Intensive research seminar on the concepts, theory, and techniques in deriving physiologically based pharmacokinetic models of toxin exposure, metabolism, and efficacy of therapeutic treatment in mammalian models of human metal toxicity. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students; qualified undergraduates may enroll with permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit.
METX 281V
Topics in Bacterial Pathogenesis and Innate Immunity
Graduate
2 units
Focuses on the interplay between the human gut bacterial pathogen Yersinia pseudotuberculosis and the innate immune system of the host. Participants are required to present the goals, results, and conclusions from their own research. Participation in the general discussion during others' presentations is also required. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students. Qualified undergraduates performing research under the supervision of the instructor may enroll with instructor's permission. May be repeated for credit.
METX 281Y
Biofilms: Processes and Regulation
Graduate
2 units
Intensive seminar series focusing on the most current work on genes and the processes that regulate biofilm development dynamics as well as on the recent developments on visualization of biofilms. Presentation and discussion based. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students. Qualified undergraduate students may enroll with instructor's permission. May be repeated for credit.
METX 282
Current Approaches to Molecular Pathogenesis
Graduate
2 units
Graduate level seminar focusing on the mechanisms by which bacterial pathogens cause disease. Specific topics include basic concepts of virulence and virulence factors, virulence factor regulation, toxins, and interactions of pathogens with mammalian cells and organs. Discussions focus on several key pathogens, including Helicobacter pylori, Vibrio cholerae, Salmonella typhimuruim, and Listeria monocytogenes. May be repeated for credit.
METX 290
Proseminar
Graduate
5 units
Special topics offered from time to time by faculty, visiting professors, or staff members. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students; qualified undergraduates may enroll with instructor's permission. May be repeated for credit.
METX 290A
Epidemiology and Risk Assessment
Graduate
5 units
Approaches different techniques of biological monitoring and the exposure and effect of biomarkers related to occupational and environmental exposure to chemicals. Available methods for risk assessment and identification of protective exposure limits also considered.
METX 292
Introductory Graduate Seminar
Graduate
0 units
Weekly seminars by academic and research faculty on their areas of special interest. Students write weekly abstracts on articles covered by the seminars. This course can be taken for Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory credit only. . Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.