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Department of Molecular Biology

University of Wyoming

Department #3944

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-3300

Fax: (307) 766-5098


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The Ph.D. Program in Molecular Biology

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources


USP Codes are listed in brackets by the 1991 USP code followed by the 2003 USP code (i.e. [M2<>QB]).



Problems in Molecular Biology. 1-3(max.6). To introduce the graduate and undergraduate student to biochemical literature, scientific reports, and introductory research. To introduce graduate molecular biology students to the teaching process.

Prerequisite: Courses in molecular biology and related areas necessary to pursue problems selected; consent of instructor.


Student Seminar. 1(max. 4). Examines selected topics appearing in journal literature with oral presentation and discussion. Exposes undergraduate students to current research in molecular biology.

Prerequisite: Molecular biology course. Dual listed with MOLB 4050.


Departmental Seminar. 1 (max. 15). Students are required to attend a series of weekly seminars presented by faculty from other universities on a diverse set of research topics. Undergraduates will be able to use one credit hour of this course to partially fulfill the seminar requirement.

Dual listed with MOLB 4051. Online Course Materials.


Summer Seminar. 1 (max. 5). The course consists of one week of lectures, presented by a renowned scientist from either academics or industry. The material presented will be taken from the research program of the speaker.

Dual listed with MOLB 4052.


Radioactive Tracer Techniques in Biochemistry. 1. Theoretical and applied aspects of radioisotope utilization in biochemical research. 

Dual listed with MOLB 4130.


Receptor Biochemistry Laboratory. 1. Membranes from various cell sources will be isolated and selected biochemical properties will be examined.

Prerequisite: MOLB 3610 or 4600.
Dual listed with MOLB 4140.


Membrane Biochemistry Laboratory. 1. An introduction to the laboratory techniques used for studying hormone-receptor interactions.

Prerequisite: MOLB 4510 or 4600.
Dual listed with MOLB 4150.


Cloning and DNA Sequencing Laboratory. 1. An introduction to cloning and DNA sequencing.

Prerequisite: MOLB 3610 or 4600.
Dual listed with MOLB 4170.


Protein Isolation and Characterization Laboratory. 1. Protein isolation using HPLC techniques followed by limited chemical characterization.

Prerequisite: MOLB 3610 or 4600.
Dual listed with MOLB 4180.


Nucleic Acids Identification Laboratory. 1.Filter hybridization techniques in isolation of recombinant DNA clones and analysis of genome structure.

Prerequisite: MOLB 3610 or 4600.
Dual listed with MOLB 4230.


Plant Molecular Biology Laboratory. 1. Introduces techniques in plant molecular biology.

Prerequisite: MOLB 3610 or 4600.
Dual listed with 4240.


Microbial Genetics Laboratory. 1. Provides hands-on laboratory experience in manipulating the genetics of virus, bacteria and fungi. Both classical and molecular genetic techniques will be used.

Prerequisite: MOLB 2210, 3610 or 4600 or BIOL 4000.
Dual lised with 4250.


Quantitative Microscopy. 1. Acquaints students with principles of light microscopy, use of fluorescent probes and image processing software. Students use phase contrast, fluorescent, and confocal microscopes learning to measure and compare size and intensity of images.

Prerequisite: MOLB 4600 or BIOL 4600, and PHYS 1120.
Dual listed with MOLB 4260.


Immunology. 4. Biology of the immune system; cellular and molecular mechanisms; host resistance to infectious agents; as well as hypersensitivities, autoimmunity, tumor and tissue rejection. Includes laboratory for immunological techniques.

Prerequisite: MOLB/MICR 2220.
Dual listed with MOLB 4400.


Molecular Genetics. 3. Introduction to reading the molecular genetics literature. Discusses historical background and current literature.

Prerequisite: MOLB 2210, 3610, or BIOL 4000 or consent of instructor.
Dual listed with MOLB 4440.


Cell and Developmental Genetics. Integrates the genetic control of cell regulation and animal development in both vertebrate and invertebrate model systems such as Drosophila, C elegans and the mouse. Includes studies of eukaryotic signal transduction, gene control, and current transgenic technologies.

Prerequisite: MOLB 4600 and 4610 or 3610, BIOL 4000.
Dual listed with MOLB 4450.


Microbial Physiology and Metabolism. 3. Studies life processes of microbes as mediated by their structures acting in consort, in response to changing environments.

Prerequisite: MOLB/MICR 2210 and two semesters of biochemistry or consent of instructor.
Dual listed with MOLB 4460.


Microbial Physiology and Metabolism. 1. Introduces techniques and strategies involved in the study of physiological and metabolic phenomena in microbes.

Prerequisite: Concurrent registration in, or prior completion of MOLB 4460 or equivalent.
Dual listed with MOLB 4480.


Microbial Gene Expression Laboratory. 1. Provides theoretical background and hands-on experience in biochemical, spectroscopy, DNA microarray, and bioinformatics techniques used to study bacterial physiology. Will measure and analyze changes in physiological parameters as well as changes in patterns of gene expression in Rhoderbacter r sphaeroides in response to environmental conditions.

Prerequisite: MOLB 4460/5460 or MICR 3000 and MOLB 4610/5610 (the latter may be concurrent).
Dual listed with MOLB 4490.


Introductory Virology. 3. Prokaryotic and eukaryotic viruses as infectious agents and models for modern molecular biology. Examines concepts and principles of pathogenesis, host response and the regulation of virus-host interactions. Genome organization, structure and replication will be examined within the context of the co-evolution of virus and host.

Prerequisite: MOLB 3610 or 4600 plus 4610 or consent of the instructor.
Dual listed with MOLB 4510.


Advanced Problems in Molecular Biology. 1-3(max.10).

Prerequisite: 6 semester hours above MOLB 4610 and consent of instructor.


General Biochemistry I. 3. The first semester of a comprehensive two-semester course for biochemistry majors and all biological and physical science majors.  Students wishing to acquire laboratory experience in biochemistry should enroll in MOLB 3980 or MOLB 4120, or 4210.

 Prerequisite: Course in organic chemistry.
Dual listed with MOLB 4600.
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General Biochemistry II. 3. The second semester of a comprehensive two-semester sequence for molecular biology majors.

Prerequisite: MOLB 4600.
Dual listed with MOLB 4610.


Membranes and Hormones. 3. An advanced seminar in the structure, function, and dynamics of biological membranes.

Prerequisite: MOLB 4610.


Advanced Topics in Molecular Biology. 1-3(max.15). Lectures, literature reviews and discussion of selected current topics in different areas of microbiology. Please check class schedule for current offerings each semester.

Prerequisite: 9 hours of molecular biology and consent of instructor.


Protein Structure and Function. 3. A course designed to provide an in-depth look at proteins and their structure. Topics will include protein purification, structure analysis, folding, modification, interactions with other molecules, enzyme mechanism, and other current topics.

Prerequisite: MOLB 4610.


Maintenance and flow of genetic information: A molecular perspective. 3. The focus of the course will be on current research concerning the maintenance and flow of genetic information - replication, recombination, repair, transcription, and translation.  Students will be exposed to new knowledge of DNA and protein structure and function, organization of the genome, gene expression, and principles of contemporary experimental methods.

Course syllabus


Developmental and Molecular Cell Biology. 3. An advanced course dealing with molecular aspects of intracellular protein localization, organelle biogenesis, and cellular architecture. Molecular aspects of development will also be addressed. Current literature sources will be used.

Prerequisite: MOLB 4610 or consent of instructor.


Practicum in College Teaching. 1-3 (max. 3). Work in classroom with a major professor. Expected to give some lectures and gain classroom experience.

Prerequisite: Graduate status.


Continuous Registration (On Campus). 1-2 (max. 16).

Prerequisite: Advanced degree candidacy.


Continuous Registration (Off Campus). 1-2 (max. 16).

Prerequisite: Advanced degree candidacy.


Enrichment Studies in _____. 1-3. The course is designed to provide an enrichment experience in a variety of topics. NOTE: Credit in this course may not be included in a graduate program of study for degree purposes.


Thesis Research (Master's). 1-12 (max. 24).

Prerequisite: Advanced degree candidacy.


Internship. 1-12 (max. 24).

Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

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Department #3944

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-3300

Fax: (307) 766-5098


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