Required and Offered Courses

Pathogenic Bacteriology (MICR 6315) — Summer


Recommended: Bacterial Pathogenesis, A Molecular Approach, 3rd Edition. Brenda A. Wilson, Abigail A. Salyers, Dixie D. Whitt, Malcolm E. Winkler. ASM Press, 2010. Available for rental at Amazon.

Helpful Web Resources

Download this free eBook collection of #JBacteriology minireviews on Bacterial Pathogenesis and Interactions with the Host at:

Course Format

Three one-hour lectures per week, two Journal Clubs, one Critical Thinking class spread throughout the semester and 30-minute student mini-lectures.

Location: Levin Hall 3.320

Lectures: 8:30 – 9:30 A.M. – Monday, Wednesday, and Friday – Location: Levin Hall 3.320

Exam I: May 29th - 9 AM to 1 PM - Location: TBA
Exam II: June 28th - 9 AM to 1 PM - Location: TBA
Final Exam: August 2nd - 9 AM to 1 PM - Location: TBA

Exam Policies

There are no make-up examinations. All examinations are in class, closed book/notes. Examinations are four hours.


The final grade for the course will be determined by performance in the following components:

  1. Exams I, II and II: 80%
  2. Critical Thinking: 5%
  3. Student Mini-Lecture: 15%

Grading may be subject to change at the discretion of the course co-directors. Grades will be determined using the GSBS grading scale:

90-100 = A
80-89 = B
70-79 = C
69 or below = F

*Any appeals for grading changes must be submitted to the instructors responsible for the writing and grading of the question within 5 business days after the return of the graded assessment to the student. The instructors must report any grade changes to the course director.

Course Evaluation

Students are strongly encouraged to complete an evaluation if one is required. According to the Texas Education Code, to preserve the anonymity of evaluations classes with fewer than five students will not require course evaluations. In a desire to continue to correct issues or recognize outstanding professors, we encourage students in these small classes to reach out to the course director, or program director, to discuss any comments they have regarding the course. Additionally, the GSO nominates outstanding professors for recognition each year, and we encourage students to reach out to their GSO representatives to put forward names of any outstanding educators.

Excused Absences

The GSBS policy states that students taking a full-term graduate course offering are allowed up to three (3) excused absences from any required activity and is determined at the discretion of the course directors. Excused absences must be obtained in advance. If a student is absent during a session that contributes to the final grade (for example, during a test or oral presentation), it will be up to the Course Directors to determine if the student can perform a ‘make-up’ activity, provided that the reason for the absence is a legitimate one. Once a student exceeds and misses more than allowed for the length of the course, the course directors must notify the GSBS Student Affairs Dean, who will then contact the appropriate Program Director.

Professional Etiquette

Please come to class prepared, ready to participate, and on time. Class begins promptly at 8:30 a.m.  To ensure an environment for constructive academic dialogue, the use of cell phones is not allowed during class time.

Artificial Intelligence (AI)

All work submitted in this course is to be done entirely by students. This includes all process work, drafts, and final works, whether in group or individual work. The following are violations of academic honesty: using generative AI tools such as ChatGPT,,, having other people or entities do any portion of a graded assignment, whether for hire or not.


Refer to Blackboard to obtain articles and presentations:


MICR 6315 Pathogenic Bacteriology Topics

Course Directors

Ashok Chopra, PhD, CSc 
MRB Bldg. Rm 3.102
Ext. 70578

Vladimir Motin, PhD
Keiller, Room 3.148
Ext. 23155

Course Coordinator

Aneth Zertuche 
MRB, Room 4.102
Ext. 22322