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MIP 619 -  MIP Masters Topics 

  • 2 credits

The goal of this course is to help students transition from ‘student’ to a ‘scientific professional’. This course is designed to foster the professional development of students in the Master of Science in Microbiology and Immunology Program. The course will cover an array of topics, including professional development, cutting-edge research discussions, and student presentations. Ultimately, work in this course will also assist the student in preparing the final scholarly paper for the program. 

Upon the completion of this course, students will be able to: 

  • Effectively describe current topics in microbiology
  • Be able to discuss current challenges facing the field of applied and translational microbiology
  • Be able to write an effective scientific paper
  • Be able to describe how to give an effective scientific presentation
  • Develop "soft skills" needed to work effectively in a team environment 

Textbooks and Materials

Please check the CSU Bookstore for textbook information. Textbook listings are available at the CSU Bookstore about 3 weeks prior to the start of the term.


Dr. Brian Geiss

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Dr. Brian Geiss is an Professor in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology at Colorado State University. He received his PhD from Saint Louis University School of Medicine in 2002. His research interests lie in developing translational technologies toward infectious diseases, including development of antivirals, vaccines, and novel pathogen diagnostics. Dr. Geiss has been teaching since at CSU since 2006, and has taught MIP 613 as a lecture course since 2013. Dr. Geiss is an advocate for development of critical scientific thinking skills, and creative application of scientific principles and effective communication of practical applications are strongly encouraged in his courses.