The course covers the biology involved in the study of microorganisms and their relation to human health and disease. The topics include bacteria, fungi, algae, protozoa and helminthes as well as viruses and disease causing prions. Microbial genetics, recombinant DNA and biotechnological applications are examined. The epidemiology of disease and the role of the immune system and antibiotic drug therapy will be emphasized. Microbial diseases affecting all major human organs and tissues are covered. The lecture course is accompanied by a weekly 3-hour laboratory course exposing students to modern techniques of microbial and cellular/molecular Biology. (3,3,0)
CHEM 11, 040 or 0401/0402 and BIOL 12 or 050 or 0501/0502.