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Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology

Graduate Courses

DMP 610: Feedlot Health Systems (2 Credits; fall semester)

Health of cattle in a commercial feedyard. Includes health risk assessment, cattle handling, processing, vaccination protocols, identification/treatment of sick cattle, necropsy techniques, using computer data to make management decisions for feeder cattle, other management issues. Discussion of disease syndromes and foreign diseases.

DMP 611: Cow Calf Health Systems (2 Credits; spring semester)

Management of animal well-being and efficient production in a cow-calf system. Includes the areas of health, growth, nutrition, pharmaceutical management, and reproduction.

DMP 650: Fundamentals of Public Health and Food Safety (3 Credits; fall semester)

Organization and function of food inspection services; principles of disease transmission; diseases transmitted to humans through the food chain. 

DMP 690: Essential Practices of BSL-3 Research Settings (1 credit; fall semester)

This hands-on laboratory centered course will offer students functional skills training and an in-depth understanding of standard microbiological practices, principles and techniques necessary to safely and successfully conduct research in a Biosafety Level-3 setting. 

DMP 691: Introduction to High Containment Research Topics and Techniques (2 credits; fall semester)

This course examines the rationale behind the skills and techniques taught in Essential Practices for BSL-3 Research Settings.  Students will gain familiarity with case studies, scientific readings, and laboratory practices.  Students review and discuss research papers, topics, and practices related to biological agents and toxins appropriate for research conducted in BSL-3, ABSL-3, and BSL-3Ag facilities.

DMP 705: Principles of Veterinary Immunology (2 Credits; spring semester)

Innate and adaptive defense mechanisms in domestic animals. Topics include Vaccinology, Immunopathology, Autoimmunity, Immunodeficiency, and Immunomodulation. 

DMP 708: Veterinary Epidemiology (2 credits; spring semester)

Introduction to the principles and methods of veterinary epidemiology: emphasizing how diseases affect populations (and associated implications for individuals), and application to disease diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and control.

DMP 710: Introduction to One Health (2 Credits; fall semester)

One Health encompasses the complex interrelationships among humans, animals, and the environment. This online course provides a broad introduction to One Health, incorporating original videos of leading experts, case studies, and scientific readings. It addresses zoonotic diseases and environmental issues that impact human, animal, and ecosystem health. 

DMP 719: Herd Disease Outbreak Investigation Techniques (2 Credits; summer semester)

This course is designed to provide the knowledge necessary, through a combination of lecture, discussion, and practical experience, for new graduate veterinarians to practice herd disease-outbreak investigation in cow-calf, feedlot, and dairy practices.

DMP 725: GIS (Geographic Information System) Applications in Animal and Public Health (2 Credits; fall/spring semester)

Explores the relevance/benefits of applying GIS (Geographic Information System) and the concept of spatial thinking in animal/public health research and practice. Health relevant GIS concepts and terminologies, nature and sources of geospatial data, their manipulation methods in a GIS environment, and spatial analysis techniques will be presented.

DMP 726: GIS (Geographic Information System) Applications in Animal and Public Health Lab (1 Credits; fall/spring semester)

Through hands-on laboratory exercises, different technical methods of applying GIS for health data analysis, spatial analytical methods, model building, cartographic principles and geographic visualization are explored.

DMP 753: Veterinary Public Health (2 Credits; spring semester)

The linkages between human health and animal health and production. Topics include zoonotic disease, emerging and exotic animal diseases, disaster preparedness, regulatory and community health issues focusing on the role of the veterinarian in all.

DMP 754: Introduction to Epidemiology (3 credits; fall semester)

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the basic principles and methods of epidemiology in order to recognize and understand how disease affects populations (and the associated implications for individuals). This course will prepare students to use Epidemiologic methods to solve current and future challenges to diagnose, treat, prevent, and control disease during their professional training and throughout their career.

DMP 770: Emerging Diseases (3 Credits; summer Intersession)

An investigation into recently identified emerging diseases, the conditions that enable their emergence, and the human health implications of each disease. 

DMP 801: Toxicology (2 Credits; spring semester)

Effects of harmful substances on the animal body. Emphasis placed on Toxicologic principles and management of the poisoned patient. 

DMP 802: Environmental Health (3 Credits; fall semester)

This is a three-credit graduate-level course consisting of a 3-hour meeting per week. Students will be exposed to professional practice of environmental sciences, epidemiology, toxicology,occupational health and industrial hygiene, and consumer health and safety. Topics include the methods for defining environmental contamination; identifying contaminants, pathogens and toxins; assessing risks and causality; determining health impact; ameliorating hazards; and protecting the population through waste management, regulatory programs, environmental inspections, food and product safety, and environmental policy. Includes interaction with professionals in public health practice. There will be 3 one hour lectures each week.  Participation is required. 

DMP 803: Advanced Toxicology (3-6 credits; fall, spring, summer semester)

An advanced course in toxicology stressing independent problem-solving utilizing data bases and technical resources to identify toxicological concerns, to define the problem, to consider possible remedial alternatives, and to select and implement the most appropriate management and recommendations for correction and future prevention. 

DMP 804: Ecotoxicology (1 Credit; spring semester)

It will be an elective course in ecotoxicology aimed at DVM students with interests in wildlife and public health. Students will examine the interface between toxicology and ecology, including the toxic effects of natural and synthetic pollutants on ecosystem health and ecosystem services. Students will develop an appreciation and understanding of the mechanisms and processes that lead to ecotoxicity. They will also be introduced to the methodologies involved in assessing ecotoxic effects, and how ecotoxicological considerations impact industry and society. 

DMP 805: Toxins in the Biological System (2 credits; fall semester, odd years)

An advanced toxicology course concerned with the cellular land subcellular effects of various groups of toxins on the intact animal organism. 

DMP 806: Environmental Toxicology (2 Credits; spring semester)

An advanced toxicology course concerned with the occurrence, biological effect, detection, and control of foreign chemicals in the environment. 

DMP 810: Cancer Pathogenesis (2 Credits; fall semester, even years)

This lecture will meet once a week for 2 hours per period. The first hour of each meeting will consist of brief student presentations of research papers illustrating key concepts presented in the previous lecture. The second hour of each meeting will consist of a lecture on the indicated topic. 

DMP 812: Veterinary Bacteriology & Mycology Lecture and Lab (4 credits; fall semester)

Morphology, biology, and classification of pathogenic bacteria and fungi and their relation to the causes of disease. 

DMP 814:Veterinary Bacteriology & Mycology Lecture (3 Credits; fall semester)

Veterinary Bacteriology and Mycology, is designed to provide graduate students in pathobiology or related field with basic knowledge of bacteria, fungi and the diseases that they cause primarily in animals. The course is also designed to provide latest information of the pathogenic mechanisms, virulence factors, antigenic nature, zoonosis and disease transmission, treatment and prevention.

DMP 815: Multidisc Thought/Presentation (3 credits; fall/spring semesters)

Training in critical thinking, writing, and speaking for the food, veterinary, plant, health, and related sciences. With emphasis on writing, students prepare technical reports, news releases, abstracts, and commentaries. Students prepare meeting agendas and present seminars. Committed students will emerge with enhanced critical-thinking and written-presentation skills. 

DMP 816: Trade and Agricultural Health (2 Credits; spring semester)

This course considers the multilateral trading system as it relates to food safety, food security, animal health, plant health, and international cooperation. The course content will be of value to students interested in food safety and security, epidemiology, public health, agriculture, food science, security studies, political science, agricultural economics, veterinary medicine, and international relations. 

DMP 820: Rumen Metabolism ((3 credits; spring semester of even-numbered years)

Metabolism, absorption, digestion, and passage of nutrients in the rumen; factors affecting the environment of the rumen; certain aspects of rumen function and dysfunction; techniques used in rumen research.

DMP 822: Veterinary Virology (3 credits; spring semester)

Morphology, biology, and classification of viruses and their relation to the causes of disease. Veterinary Virology is a 3 credit lecture course that is designed for veterinary students in the second year of the professional curriculum. The course provides basic and fundamental knowledge on the classification, pathogenesis, and diagnosis of viral pathogens affecting common veterinary species, including ovine, caprine, feline, canine, equine, bovine, avian, and porcine species. In addition, the course is designed to provide adequate knowledge and training for veterinarians in practice on the prevention and management of these viral diseases.

DMP 830: Quantitative Analysis in Food Production Veterinary Medicine (3 credits; fall semester)

Practical experience manipulating numerical data bases and turning that information into usable knowledge to aid veterinary diagnostic strategies, implementing health management programs, and food animal production decision making processes. 

DMP 844: Global Health Issues (3 Credits; fall semester)

A review of global health problems and various strategies to manage international health concerns. The class is open to graduate students, including veterinary students, with an interest in public health that have at least 12 hours in biology or related courses. 

DMP 845: Food Safety Risk Analysis (3 Credits; spring semester)

Three hours of lectures on interwoven roles of risk assessment, management and communication – defined as risk analysis – will be applied to problems and policy development in food safety. This course will aid students in developing the ability to critically examine food safety risk issues from various stakeholder perspectives, leading to risk management and communication activities to reduce the impact of foodborne disease. A significant portion of the course will focus on the importance of thorough research and good communication skills, as well as the suitability of communication efforts. The course will be presented through lectures, case study presentations, and Internet-based support material including text, audio and video through the extensive database maintained by Dr. Douglas Powell of Kansas State University and colleagues (foodsafety.ksu.edu; barfblog.com). 

DMP846:  Foundation of Biosecurity (3 Credits; fall semester)

The course examines the biosecurity policies and procedures required in high and maximum-containment research facilities. It provides a historical perspective of biosecurity, establishes definitions and explores concepts related to personnel, governmental and contemporary biosecurity topics. Agro-security topics are highlighted providing a perspective on risk and threat assessment to public health and institutional, local, regional, national and global threats. 

DMP 850: Immunology of Domestic Animals (3 credits; fall semester)

This course is designed to introduce graduate students to immune responses of domestic animals to pathogens and parasites. 

DMP 851: Pathology of Body Fluids (4 credits; fall semester of even numbered years)

Alterations of the components of body fluids occurring in disease processes, and interpretations of these changes. 

DMP 854: Intermediate Epidemiology (3 credits; spring semester)

Epidemiologic principles of disease with a focus on measures of disease occurrence, association and impact, determinants of disease, diagnostic test evaluation, study design and critical literature evaluation. 

DMP 855: Disease Detection, Surveillance, and Risk Assessment (3 credits; fall semester)

The course is focused on understanding the principles underlying quantitative risk assessments and disease detection/surveillance systems suited to a variety of animal health and food safety applications. These will then be used to advance the practical application of risk assessment and disease detection in the development of valid and useful herd, regional and national disease surveillance programs.

DMP 858: Introduction to Infectious Disease Modeling for Animal Health (3 Credits; summer of even numbered years)

This is a graduate-level course focused on understanding and implementing infectious disease models using Excel and Monte-Carlo Statistical Methods as well as Spatially Explicit Stochastic models. The course is focused on food animal diseases using a mixture of lecture, scientific literature evaluation, discussion and hands on computer lab exercises. 

DMP 860: Bacterial Pathogenesis and Host Response (3 credits; Fall semester of even-numbered years)

Virulence factors of infectious microorganisms and the host response to infection. Topics include pathogenesis of human and animal diseases and mechanisms of immunity. 

DMP 862:  Applied Domestic Animal Immunology (2 credits; spring, odd years)

Real-life immune problems of veterinary and zoonotic relevance and their application to domestic animal immune systems. 

DMP 865: Diagnostic Veterinary Virology (3 credit; fall, odd years)

Viruses associated with diseases of veterinary medical significance with emphasis on diagnosis. Clinical observations, pathogenesis, lesions, epidemiology, immunity, and control will be considered.

DMP 870: Seminar in Pathobiology (MS) (1 credit; fall, spring and summer)

Oral report on topics in microbiology, parasitology, immunology, pathology, epidemiology, or microbial genetics. The report will include critical review of relevant literature; experimental design and methodology; and presentation and evaluation of data.

DMP 871: Molecular Diagnostics of Infectious Diseases (3 credits; Fall semester of odd-numbered years)

This graduate course is aimed at reviewing, and evaluating new and improved molecular diagnostic methods for infectious diseases. Theory, development, and applications of molecular diagnostic tests will be discussed in the context of current literature. This course will provide an opportunity for students to learn and apply recent advances in the development of molecular diagnostic test. 

DMP 878: Applications of Flow Cytometry (1-3 credits; fall, spring and summer semester)

Theory and practical experience in the use of flow cytometry in diagnosis and research. 

DMP 880: Problems in Pathobiology (MS) (1-3 credits; Fall, Spring and Summer)

A special problems course for graduate students working toward the MS degree in Pathobiology. The course is generally problems- or techniques-based in any of the disciplines in the Pathobiology program, conducted under the supervision of a graduate faculty in the Pathobiology Graduate Program. 

DMP 888: Globalization, Cooperation, & the Food Trade (1 Credit; fall, spring semester)

The course will include 15, 45-minute lectures and/or reading assignments. They will be assessed through online quizzes and one essay project. 

DMP893: Principles of Biosafety and Biocontainment (3 credits; spring semester)

This graduate course will introduce participants to the advanced and administrative principles of biosafety and biocontainment. The course targets future P.I.’s, lab managers, and individuals with previous high-containment research experience. Specific topics include laboratory biosafety levels, special considerations for agriculture and animal labs, facility and building design, regulations, biosafety practices and procedures, and risk assessment processes required in high and maximum containment research facilities. 

DMP 895:Topics in Pathobiology (MS). (1 to 3 credits; Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters)

A special course for graduate students working toward the MS degree. Lectures, readings, and discussion of topics of current interest in any of the disciplines of Pathobiology.

DMP 899: MS Research in Pathobiology (Variable credits; Fall, Spring and Summer semesters)

For graduate students working towards the MS degree. Individual research in the fields of epidemiology, food safety, immunology, microbiology, molecular biology, parasitology, pathology, and toxicology.

DMP 910: Pathogenic Mechanism of Viruses (3 credits; spring, even years)

The goals of the course are to learn various pathogenic mechanisms (virus-host interactions) of selected virus (RNA and DNA) and Prion diseases. The course will cover the molecular basis of pathogenesis both in vitro and in animal models. 

DMP 925: Rumen Microbiology (3 credits; spring semester of odd-numbered years)

Lectures dealing with the microorganisms of the rumen, their habitat, diversity, structure, interactions, and biochemical activities. Techniques for enumeration, isolation and identification of ruminal microorganisms. 

DMP 954: Advanced Epidemiology (4 credits; fall semester)

Advanced theory and methods for designing, analyzing and interpreting epidemiologic research. Emphasis on observational study design and analysis issues including design identification and optimization, bias recognition and control, and appropriate analytical approaches for epidemiologic data.

DMP 963: Advanced Molecular Biology of Foodborne Pathogens (2 Credits; fall odd years)

This lecture will meet once a week for 2 hours per period. The first hour of each meeting will consist of brief student presentations of research papers illustrating key concepts presented in the previous lecture. The second hour of each meeting will consist of a lecture on the indicated topic. 

DMP 965: Cellular and Molecular Pathology (4 credits; spring semester)

Biochemistry of the injured cell, relationship of intracellular parasitism to cellular metabolism, metabolic and genetic basis of inherited disease.

DMP 970: Seminar in Pathobiology (PhD) (1 credit; fall, summer and spring semesters)

Oral report on topics in microbiology, parasitology, immunology, pathology, epidemiology, or microbial genetics. The report will include critical review of relevant literature; experimental design and methodology; and presentation and evaluation of data .The course is for PhD students. 

DMP 971: Seminal Papers in Molecular Biology (1 credit; summer semester)

This discussion course will improve graduate student communication, scientific reasoning, and data analysis skills. Students will gain familiarity with the seminal papers of molecular biology that resolved key issues of the central dogma. Key breakthroughs in molecular evolution, microbial genetics, and biotechnology will be discussed. 

DMP 980: Problems in Pathobiology (PhD) (1 to 6 credits; Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters)

An individualized special course for graduate students working toward the PhD degree in Pathobiology. The course is generally problems- or techniques-based in any of the disciplines in the Pathobiology program, conducted under the supervision of a graduate faculty in the Pathobiology Graduate Program. 

DMP 995: Topics in Pathobiology (PhD). (1 to 3 credits; Fall, Spring and Summers semesters)

A special course for graduate students working toward the PhD degree. Lectures, readings, and discussion of topics of current interest in any of the disciplines of Pathobiology. 

DMP 997: Postdoctoral Research (Variable credits; Fall, Spring and Summer semesters)

Postdoctoral research in collaboration with a faculty member, involving projects in any area of pathology or microbiology. 

DMP 999: PhD Research in Pathobiology (Variable credits; Fall, Spring and Summer semesters)

For graduate students working towards the PhD degree in Pathobiology. Individual research in the fields of epidemiology, food safety, immunology, microbiology, molecular biology, Parasitology, pathology, and toxicology.

Graduate Courses Offered in the Department of Clinical Sciences 

CS 879. Applied Production Medicine (1 Credit; fall, spring semester)

Advanced training in agricultural production medicine. Emphasis on answering production medicine problems through the appropriate design and interpretation of research models. Course is discussion-based and facilitated by a team of faculty members. Students will be expected to participate in weekly topic discussions. 

CS 880. Design and Interpretation of Production Livestock Field Trials (3 Credits; spring semester)

Designing appropriate studies to answer research questions that can be addressed in livestock production settings and to interpret and present the results in a suitable manner. 

CS 895. Research Methods (1 Credit; fall, odd years)

Discussion of research design, grantsmanship, practical statistics, manuscript preparation, and ethics. 

Graduate Courses relevant to the Pathobiology Program Offered in Other Departments 

Department of Anatomy and Physiology 

AP 874: Clinical Pharmacokinetics (3 credits; fall semester)

 An overview of pharmacokinetics with emphasis on practical implications for the clinician, including bioavailability, bioequivalence, residues in food of animal origin, dosage forms and regimens, therapeutic drug monitoring, drug interactions, interspecies difference, and the effect of disease on the pharmacokinetics of drugs. Background in physiology and statistics strongly recommended.

AP 896: Introduction to Responsible Conduct in Biomedical Research (2 credits; fall semesters)

This course will focus on providing graduate/professional students an introduction to the regulations, practices, ethical considerations, and professional interactions that define responsible conduct of biomedical research. Investigator responsibilities associated with initiating and establishing a research program, conducting experimental studies, analyzing and reporting data, publishing in peer-reviewed journals, considerations for submitting grant applications, and understanding compliance issues and regulations will be emphasized. Students will learn through reading journal articles and discussion of pertinent topics to identify and consider issues that are germane to the biomedical research environment. 

Department of Animal Sciences 

ASI 675: Monogastric Nutrition (1 Credit; fall semester)

An overview of the nutritional principles involved with feeding nonruminants. Topics will include digestive anatomy and the metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids, vitamins, and minerals. 

ASI 676: Avian Nutrition (1 Credit; fall, even years)

Nutritional requirements of game birds, caged birds, exotics, and commercial poultry. Interactive discussion will be emphasized. 

ASI 677: Companion Animal Nutrition (1 Credit; fall, odd years)

This course is intended to be taken in sequence following Monogastric Nutrition, ASI 675. The course will cover the unique nature of nutrition for companion animals with an emphasis on the nutrition of dogs and cats. Details regarding dentition, digestion, metabolism and nutritional requirements will be covered. In addition, an overview of the nutrition of other minor companion species will be provided. Besides standard assessments methods students will be expected to review current research publications on the topic and provide written and oral presentations germane to the topic.

ASI 678: Equine Nutrition (1 Credit; fall, odd years)

Equine digestive anatomy and physiology. Nutrient requirements of the equine as they relate to growth, work, reproduction and lactation, as well as the relationship of nutrition to disease and environment. Practical management considerations and current equine nutrition research will be reviewed.

ASI 680: Ruminant Nutrition (1 credit; spring semester)

Advanced study of nutritional management of different species of ruminant livestock. Topics covered include ruminal function, post-ruminal digestion and absorption, utilization of key nutrients, and discussion of select metabolic disorders.

ASI 681: Dairy Cattle Nutrition (1 Credit; spring semester)

Nutritional management of dairy calves, replacement heifers, dry and lactating dairy cows. Diet formulation, feeding systems and current concepts in dairy cattle nutrition.

ASI 682: Formulation of Livestock and Poultry Diets (1 credit; fall semester)

Diet formulation for the major species of livestock and poultry. Major topics include hand formulation of diets: ingredient/nutrient cost comparisons; dry matter manipulation; computerized diet formulation; developing specifications for diets, supplements, basemixes and premixes; projecting animal performance; and feed labeling.

ASI 683: Grazing Livestock Nutrition (1 credit; spring semester)

Nutritional management of grazing beef cattle. Nutrition of beef cows and stocker cattle maintained under grazing conditions. Major topics to be covered include nutrient requirements, forage intake, forage quality, and supplementation.

ASI 684: Nutrition of Feedlot Cattle (1 credit; spring semester)

Nutritional management of growing and finishing beef cattle maintained under confined feeding conditions. Utilization of cereal grains and byproducts in the production of beef. Major topics include nutrient requirements, feed processing, growing-finishing systems, feed additives, metabolic disturbances, and nutrient management.

ASI 825: Stress Physiology of Livestock (3 Credits; fall, even years)

Integrative physiology of livestock during environmental, management, and pathological stresses. 

ASI 826: Nutritional Physiology (3 Credits; spring, odd years)

The course focuses on the structures and function of the gastrointestinal tract, with an emphasis on digestive physiology in the small intestine. Details of gastrointestinal tract secretion, regulation, digestion, and absorption of the major nutrient groups are emphasized with species comparisons. 

ASI 860: Analytical Techniques–Sample Preparation and Beginning Analyses (1 Credit; fall semester)

Sample collection, processing and handling methodologies will be addressed as they pertain to research methods in the animal sciences. Basic laboratory techniques, sample collection, and analyses of moisture and nitrogen will be covered. 

ASI 861: Analytical Techniques–Mineral Analyses (1 Credit; fall semester)

This course focuses on the analysis of minerals in common feedstuffs. This course will cover sample preparation and atomic absorption, emission, utraviolet/visible and fluorimetric spectrophotometric methods of analysis of feedstuffs and biological fluids. 

ASI 862: Analytical Techniques–Carbohydrate and Lipid Analyses (1 Credit; fall semester)

This course covers the analysis of carbohydrate and lipid components of feedstuffs and biological materials using conventional as well as HPLC and gas chromatographic methods. 

ASI 863: Analytical Techniques–Radioisotope Use (1 Credit; fall, even years)

Study of radioisotope use in physiological applications of research in domestic animals including radioactive decay, detection methodology, and isotope dilution. 

ASI 864: Analytical Techniques-Immunoassays (1 Credit; fall, even years)

Study of measurement of biological substances and hormones utilizing enzyme-linked immunoassays (ELISA) and radioimmunoassay’s (RIA). 

ASI 865:  Analytical Techniques: mRNA and Protein Analysis (1 Credit; fall, even years)

The course will provide an overview of techniques commonly used for analysis of mRNA and protein in animal physiology research. Topics will include RNA and protein isolation from tissue, use of sequence databases, polymerase chain reaction-based mRNA analyses, and Western blotting. 

ASI 920: Energy Utilization in Domestic Livestock (2 Credits; fall, odd years)

Comprehensive discussion of the development and application of energy systems used to guide livestock feeding, procedures used in energy experimentation, dietary/digestive/environmental factors that influence efficiency of energy utilization, and the efficiencies with which different energy substrates are used to support various maintenance and production functions. Emphasis will be placed upon ruminants. 

ASI 921: Protein and Amino Acid Utilization in Domestic Livestock (2 Credits; fall even years)

Comprehensive discussion of protein and amino acids and their role in digestion, absorption, metabolism, protein synthesis, and degradation in livestock. Emphasis on techniques and interpretation of results from experiments designed to evaluate protein utilization and factors which influence amino acid metabolism in monogastrics and ruminants. 

ASI 923: Vitamin and Mineral Nutrition of Domestic Livestock (2 Credits; spring, even years)

A detailed examination of the vitamin and mineral nutrition of domestic livestock. Emphasis will be placed on current literature on the determination of vitamin and mineral requirements, practical considerations for vitamin and mineral supplementation in livestock feeding, and the potential for vitamin and mineral deficiency and toxicity in domestic livestock. 

Department of Biochemistry 

BIOCH 521: General Biochemistry (3 Credits; fall, spring, summer semesters)

A basic study of the chemistry and metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids. 

BIOCH 571: Medical Biochemistry (3 Credits; fall semester)

Covers medically related concepts, structures, pathways and mechanisms in biochemistry.  Addresses the fundamental biochemistry behind veterinary, medical or dental topics and issues.  Instructs in the fundamental principles of protein structure and function, enzymology, carbohydrate and lipid metabolism, hormones, biochemical energetics, membranes, nucleic acid and protein metabolism, information transfer and the genetic code, genomic and proteomic analyses, the interdependence of biochemical pathways, pathogenesis and additional new topics. 

BIOCH 755: Biochemistry I(3 Credits; fall semester)

An introduction to physical methods, kinetics, and thermodynamics of biochemical reactions and bioenergetics, chemistry of proteins and amino acids, carbohydrate chemistry, and metabolism. BIOCH 755 and BIOCH 765 are for students interested in a two-semester comprehensive coverage of biochemistry. For a one-semester course, enroll inBIOCH 521.

BIOCH 765: Biochemistry II(3 Credits; spring semester)

Continuation of BIOCH 755; lipid chemistry and metabolism, amino acid metabolism, nutrition, nucleic acid chemistry and metabolism, integration of biochemical pathways and metabolic control mechanisms.

BIOCH 815: Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectroscopy of Macromolecules (2 Credits; Intersession)

A lecture and laboratory course on ‘state-of-the-art’ multi-dimensional nuclear magnetic resonance methods and strategies in solving three dimensional structure of peptides, proteins, nucleic acids and other macromolecules.

BIOCH 910: Lipids (2 Credits; fall, odd years)

Chemistry of plant and animal lipids, their occurrence, metabolism, and industrial uses.

BIOCH 920: Nucleic Acids (2 Credits; spring, even years)

Structure and function of nucleic acids: structures and properties of DNA, RNA, and chromatin; recombinant DNA techniques; mutagenesis and carcinogenesis; protein-nucleic acid interactions; structural influences on replication, transcription, translation, and regulation

BIOCH 930: Proteins (2 Credits; fall, odd years)

Lectures and readings on the chemical nature of proteins; fractionation; purification, structure, chemical and physical properties of proteins and amino acids.

BIOCH 935: Biochemistry of Cell Regulation (3 Credits; spring, odd years)

Integration of biochemical pathways and molecular mechanisms regulating cell growth, movement, differentiation, and death. Emphasis on molecular interactions and signaling cascades controlling gene expression, protein synthesis and folding, proteolysis, cytoskeleton, cell cycle, cell survival, and apoptosis

Division of Biology 

BIOL 604: Biology of the Fungi (3 Credits; fall semester)

An introduction to fungal structure, function, physiology, ecology, and genetics. Importance of fungi as disease organisms, as saprotrophs, and in industry. Techniques of isolation, cultivation, and as experimental organisms. 

BIOL 609: Cellular and Molecular Biology of Human Diseases (3 Credits; spring, odd years)

Fundamental basis of the major common non-infectious diseases and disorders affecting our society, with emphasis on the biochemical and molecular biological mechanisms by which the structures and functions of specific human tissues, organs and systems are altered. 

BIOL 670: Immunology (4 Credits; spring semester)

Chemical, genetic, and biological properties of the immune response, acquired immunity, and antibody production. 

BIOL 675: Genetics of Microorganisms (3 credits; fall semester)

The genetics of bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms. Both the use of genetics in microbiological studies and the use of microbial systems to investigate basic genetic problems will be covered.

BIOL 690: Microbial Physiology and Metabolism (2 Credits; spring semester)

The study of structure, function, regulation, and intermediary metabolism of bacteria.

BIOL 702: Radiation Safety in the Research Laboratory (1 Credit; fall semester)

Principles of radioactive safety and isotope handling, licensing procedures, and laboratory techniques.

BIOL 730: General Virology (3 credits; spring semester)

Structure and function of nucleic acids: structures and properties of DNA, RNA, and chromatin; recombinant DNA techniques; mutagenesis and carcinogenesis; protein-nucleic acid interactions; structural influences on replication, transcription, translation, and regulation. 

BIOL 734: Introduction to Genomics and Bioinformatics (4 credits; spring, alternate years)

A problem solving approach to understanding genomics and bioinformatics. Practical use of databases and web-based tools used to study biological problems. Introduction to the algorithms behind these tools. 

BIOL 808:  Mechanisms of Eukaryotic Gene Regulation (2 Credits; spring semester)

Examines important concepts in the mechanisms of gene regulation at the molecular level. Focuses on gene regulation in eukaryotes at the level of transcription, splicing and translation and on RNA’s diverse roles.

BIOL 830: Advanced Virology (4 Credits; fall, odd years)

In-depth readings and discussions of current topics in virology and the impact of viruses in today’s society with emphasis on recent research literature.

BIOL 835: Cellular and Molecular Parasitology (3 Credits; fall, even years)
Biochemistry, immunology, and molecular biology of medically important eukaryotic parasites.

BIOL840. Molecular and Cellular Immunology (3 credits: fall, even years)

Discussions and readings covering the molecular and cellular interactions during various phases of the immune response.

BIOL 850: Advanced Topics in Immunology (1-2 Credits; fall, spring semester)

Current research in immunology.

BIOL 855: Molecular Biology of Cellular Membranes (3 Credits; fall semester)

Intensive discussions of molecular interactions between proteins and lipids within cellular membranes, and the impact of these interactions on diverse cellular functions. Format is primarily group discussion of primary literature, with the goal of instilling the ability to think critically and evaluate published studies.

BIOL860: Modern Molecular Approaches (3 credits; spring semester)

An introduction to approaches and techniques used in the molecular analysis of biological systems, with a focus on modern molecular and cellular biological approaches. Format is primarily group discussion of primary literature, with the goal of instilling the ability to think critically and evaluate published studies.

BIOL 886: Confocal, Fluorescence and Light Microscopy (3 Credits; fall, odd years)

An introduction to theories, functions and applications of confocal, fluorescence and light microscopy, and fluorescent molecules. Lab emphasis on students working on independent research projects requiring microscopy.

BIOL 888: Electron Microscopy Techniques (3 Credits; fall, even years)

Theory and techniques involved in using the transmission electron microscope for the study of biological materials. Includes individualized instruction on the operation of the Philips 201 electron microscope and techniques for processing biological samples.

Department of Entomology 

ENTOM 849: Biology of Disease Vectors of Human and Veterinary Importance (3 credits; fall semester)

This course focus will be vectors of medical and veterinary importance. Students will learn several underlying aspects involved in pathogen-vector-vertebrate host interactions, including those associated with cellular, molecular and innate immune response of insects to pathogens they transmit. Students will be introduced to current research programs and topics of interest in the field of medical entomology.

ENTOM 850: Scanning ElectronMicroscopy (2 Credits; spring, even years)

Use of scanning electron microscopy for studying organic, inorganic or synthetic materials. Includes theory of SEM operation, techniques for specimen preparation, one-on-one sessions with a technician on a Hitachi 3500N variable pressure SEM, and post-image processing. 

Department of Statistics 

STAT 701: Fundamental Methods of Biostatistics (3 Credits; fall, spring, summer)

A course emphasizing concepts and practice of statistical data analysis for the health sciences.  Basic techniques of descriptive and inferential statistical methods applied to health related surveys and designed experiments.  Populations and samples, parameters and statistics; sampling distributions for hypothesis testing and confidence intervals for means and proportions involving one sample, paired samples and multiple independent samples; odds ratios, risk ratios, simple linear regression.  Use of statistical software to facilitate the collection, manipulation, analysis and interpretation of health related data.

STAT 703: Introduction to Statistical Methods for the Sciences (3 Credits; fall, spring, summer semesters)

Statistical concepts and methods applied to experimental and survey research in the sciences; tests of hypotheses, parametric and rank tests; point estimation and confidence intervals; linear regression; correlation; one-way analysis of variance; contingency tables, chi-square tests.

STAT 705: Regression and Analysis of Variance (3 Credits; fall, spring, summer semesters)

Simple and multiple linear regression, analysis of covariance, correlation analysis, one-, two- and three-way analysis of variance; multiple comparisons; applications including use of computers; blocking and random effects. 

STAT 716: Nonparametric Statistics (3 Credits; fall, odd year)

Hypothesis testing when form of population sampled is unknown: rank, sign, chi-square, and slippage tests; Kolmogorov and Smirnov type tests; confidence intervals and bands.

STAT 717: Categorical Data Analysis (3 Credits; spring semester)

Analysis of categorical count and proportion data. Topics include tests of association in two-way tables; measures of association; Cochran-Mantel-Haenzel tests for 3-way tables; generalized linear models; logistic regression; loglinear models.

STAT 720: Design of Experiments (3 Credits; spring, summer semesters)

Planning experiments so as to minimize error variance and avoid bias; Latin squares; split-plot designs; switch-back or reversal designs; incomplete block designs; efficiency.

STAT 726: Introduction R Computing (1 credit; fall semester (distance Ed)

Topics may include basic environment and syntax, reading and importing data from files, data manipulation, basic graphics, and built-in and user-defined functions.

STAT 730:  Multivariate Statistical Methods (3 Credits; spring semester)

Multivariate analysis of variance and covariance; classification and discrimination; principal components and introductory factor analysis; canonical correlation; digital computing procedures applied to data from natural and social sciences.

STAT 870: Analysis of Messy Data (3 Credits; fall semester)

Design structures; treatment structures; equal and unequal variances; multiple comparisons; unequal subclass numbers; missing cells; interpretation of interaction; variance components; mixed models; split-plot and repeated measures; analysis of covariance; cross-over designs

Food Science 

FDSCI 600: Food Microbiology (2 Credits; fall semester)

This course deals with the isolation, identification, enumeration, and characterization of bacteria, yeasts, molds and other microbes associated with foods and food processing. Effects of physical and chemical agents on micro-organisms will be studied. Microbiological problems in food spoilage, food preservation, food fermentation, and food-borne diseases will be discussed. 

FDSCI 601: Food Microbiology Lab (2 Credits; fall semester)

Laboratory procedures involving isolation, identification, enumeration, and characterization of bacteria, yeasts, molds and other microbes associated with foods and food processing. Two two-hour labs a week. 

FDSC1690: Principles of HACCP and HARPC (3 Credits; fall semester)

A comprehensive study of the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) System and the Hazard Analysis Risk Based Preventive Controls (HARPC) and thier application in the meat and food industries. Students will meet the training requirements under USDA HACCP and the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) for food safety. 

FDSCI 694: Food Plant Management (3 Credits; fall semester)

The integration of food science knowledge in managing a food processing operation to produce high quality food products. 

FDSCI 730: A Multidisciplinary Overview of Food Safety and Security (2 Credits; fall, summer, spring semesters)

Multidisciplinary food safety and security perspectives provided by numerous subject matter experts. Topics include food safety policy, ag bioterrorism, border security, animal ID, food defense and site security, risk analysis, crisis communication, epidemiology, HACCP, and more. 

FDSCI 753: Risk Assessment for Food, Ag, and Vet Med (3 Credits; fall semester)

Risk assessment principles as applied to biological systems. Exposure and effects characterization in human and animal health and ecological risk assessment. Risk analysis frameworks and regulatory decision-making. Introduction to quantitative methods for risk assessment using epidemiological and distributional analyses. Uncertainty analysis. 

FDSCI 791: Advanced Application of HACCP Principles (3 Credits; spring, odd years)

Evaluation of control parameters and methodology at critical control points, validating and auditing the effectiveness of critical control points, critical limits, monitoring tools, corrective action procedures, recordkeeping and verification procedures in addressing biological, chemical, and physical hazards that may be present in food products. 

FDSCI 820: Advanced Food Microbiology & Biotechnology (2 Credits; fall, odd years)

Principles of food biotechnology, including introduction of molecular biology and enzyme immobilization. Theory and concepts of current biotechnology trends as it relates to food safety and security issues. 

Olathe Campus 

AAI 840: Regulatory Aspects of Drug and Vaccine Development (2 credits: fall, spring semester)

This course explores the topic of regulations associated with animal health product development and manufacturing. Topics for discussion will include an overview of the regulatory affairs process in the U.S. and other countries, drug and vaccine classifications and the approval process, GCP/GLP guidelines, drug and vaccine efficacy and safety testing, human and environmental safety issues, and future challenges and current industry needs.