BIOLOGY 120 - First Year Seminar in Biology
Section: 001 Evolution and Ecology of Infectious Diseases
Term: WN 2010
Subject: Biology (BIOLOGY)
Department: LSA Biology
Requirements & Distribution:
Credit Exclusions:
Credit is granted for a combined total of 17 credits elected in introductory biology.
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Infectious diseases have changed the world in the past (e.g., bubonic plague, 1918 flu pandemic), in the present (AIDS pandemic), and certainly will impact our world in the future.

  • What are the origins of infectious diseases?
  • How do environmental factors influence their spread?
  • What, if anything, can we do to reduce the impacts of these diseases?

After we familiarize ourselves with the structure and function of the vertebrate immune system, we will explore the biology of twelve major infectious diseases and their impacts on society. The course will consist of readings, lectures, discussions, and student presentations. We will compare and contrast perspectives from popular science magazines and peer-reviewed journals.

BIOLOGY 120 - First Year Seminar in Biology
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001 (SEM)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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We will read the popular science book by Sherman in addition to science articles. The science articles will be available as PDF files on CTools course site.
ISBN: 9781555814663
Twelve diseases that changed our world, Author: Irwin W. Sherman., Publisher: ASM Press 2007
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