Principles of microbiology and cell biology are covered, emphasizing microbial and viral structure, physiology, genetics, growth, pathogenesis and control. Specific and non-specific defenses will be explored in detail along with the dynamics of the spread of epidemics. The biology and medical implications of HIV infection will be addressed. Students will be responsible for understanding major features of approximately 60-80 microbial diseases.
Trained tutors and a variety of resources are available in the Learning Commons to assist with these topics, including a microscope and slides. Student should bring their notes, course handouts and assignments with them.