Microorganisms and their role in infectious diseases, biotechnology and the environment...
Microbiology explores the biology and diversity of microorganisms, their cellular biology and basic genetics.
Microorganisms have important applications in agriculture and biotechnology and can play a vital role in protecting the environment. Bacteria, viruses and parasites are also major causes of infectious disease in humans.
Understanding how these organisms produce disease and how they interact with the host’s immune response is crucial for the development of new vaccines and therapeutics.
What do I do in this course?

MICR2000 provides the platform knowledge for understanding the diversity of the microbial world and its link to biotechnology and medical science.

  • Explore the structure and biology of microorganisms, including their evolution, ecology and diversity and their role in biodiscovery.
  • Learn about environmental microbiology, which examines the role of microorganisms in environmental sustainability and biotechnology
  • Understand the role of microorganisms in infectious diseases and how disease is controlled and prevented by the immune response.
  • Receive showcase lectures by active researchers in key modules of environmental microbiology, virology, bacteriology and immunology. 
  • Be involved in practical sessions that demonstrate microbiological and immunological principles and the core techniques of these disciplines.
Career relevance of this course:
Microbiology and Immunology are key elements of medical research and biotechnology.
Infectious disease research continues to be important in the biomedical sciences, particularly with the recent emergence of highly virulent viruses such as SARS, Hendra and bird flu and the appearance of antibiotic resistant strains of deadly bacteria. Training in microbiology and immunology will provide excellent opportunities for careers in Research and Development for production of new vaccines and anti-microbial agents.
Expertise in microbiology also provides a career path in cutting edge technology for the future of waste treatment and water conservation that will be vital for protecting our environment.
The ability to handle microbes is also an essential skill for any avenue of molecular biology research.
Program planning advice:
MICR2000 is compulsory in the Microbiology major and compulsory in both the single and extended Biomedical Science majors. It is compulsory for the Immunology & Infectious Diseases stream in the Biomedical Science single and extended majors. MICR2000 is also recommended by the course coordinator for inclusion in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Marine Science and Plant Science majors. It is also recommended for inclusion in the Human Genetics stream of the Biomedical Science major, the Biophysics dual major, the Chemistry and Chemical Biology stream of the Chemical Sciences dual major, and the Molecular Genetics stream of the Genetics major.
MICR2000 leads to:
  • BIOL3003Advanced Immunology
  • BIOL3008Aquaculture &Marine Biotechnology
  • MICR3001Microbes &Human Health
  • MICR3002Virology
  • MICR3003 Molecular Microbiology  
  • MICR3004Microbial Biotechnology
  • PARA3002Molecular & AppliedParasitology
  • SCI3012Introduction toResearch
  • SCI3044Vacation Project

For an official description of this course, including prerequisites and contact hours, and for the official rules of programs, including majors requirements, see the UQ Programs & Courses website.