Infectious Diseases: History, Pathology, and Prevention


Leveraging the primary research literature, this course examines the history and pathology of infectious disease, the development of antibiotics and vaccines, the rise of antibiotic resistance, and the emergence and reemergence of diseases including Zika virus, Malaria, and Tuberculosis. One unit will center on COVID and the pandemic, with a primary focus on the biology of SARS-CoV2 along with vaccine and antiviral development. In addition to gaining insights into the underlying causes and treatment of infectious disease, students will hone their ability to identify important biological questions, develop testable hypotheses, design experiments tailored to particular questions, and evaluate results. Through a series of written and oral assignments, students develop the skills to communicate about science effectively to both the research community and the general public. Prerequisites: One semester of Biology 500: Independent Research or equivalent is REQUIRED. Preference will be given to students who have completed Biology 349, Fundamentals of Microbiology. Students will be enrolled directly from the waitlist after the registrar confirms their prerequisites and BIO349 status. Small Class, Area A, 3.0 units. Writing Intensive. P. Levin.
Course Attributes: FA NSM; BU SCI; AR NSM; AS NSM; AS WI I

Section 01

Infectious Diseases: History, Pathology, and Prevention - 01
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