Pathogens & Parasites
This course will apply cell biology, microbiology and immunology to the study of disease-related microorganisms. Students will become familiar with the mechanisms by which bacterial, fungal, viral, and parasitic infections cause disease. The course will also address the progression of infection, disease development, and cellular responses to pathogens. To complement their scientific understanding, students will also consider the historical and social impact of disease.
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What are the biological factors that cause disease?
How can we characterize parasites?
How can we characterize the host-parasite relationship?
What adaptations do disease-causing organisms use to evade attack by the host?
How do organisms, humans and others, combat disease?
How does disease affect entire populations of organisms?
Understanding the essential structure and function of prions, viruses, bacteria, fungi, protozoan, and metazoan parasites
Investigation of microbes in our surrounding environment
Complexity of the human microbiome
Understanding of molecular biology techniques such as PCR, gene sequencing, bacterial transfection
Antibiotic production by bacteria and fungi
Plant defenses against parasites
Mechanisms of innate and acquired immunity in humans
Epidemiology of cholera and HIV
New pharmaceutical drug development
*Thinking critically through scientific reasoning
*Learning to work collaboratively
*Using a computer to organize data
*Representing data visually as graphs, figures, charts, etc.
*Tests and quizzes
*Laboratory work and lab reports
Biology (Campbell, AP 8th edition)
current media resources
scientific journal articles
various news and data websites