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Biological Sciences
Term : Fall 2023
Catalog Year : 2023-2024

BIO 204 - Germs: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

Description: This course will cover how microbes affect human health through disease, symbiotic relationships, and with the foods we eat. This will be done using case studies from real-life microbiology and infectious diseases examples to illustrate basic concepts. The case studies will include for example: COVID-19, plague, anthrax, the human microbiome, and food microbiology. These case studies will be used to teach the relevant basic biological tenets of genetics, molecular genetics, cell biology, the immune system, ecology, epidemiology, and clinical medicine. Core concepts presented early in the lecture series will be reenforced in later case studies. Students will learn the fundamental principles of scientific inquiry and apply the concepts and analytical skills they acquire in the class to address questions about infectious disease and how microbes affect our lives. Letter grade only.

Units: 3

Sections offered: Fall 2024

Requirement Designation: Science and Applied Science

Prerequisite: Any 100-level BIO course