BIOL190-001: Freshman Seminar:Biology

Topic: Disease Detectives

August 24, 2016 - December 6, 2016
DaysTimeLocationInstructorGERCreditOPUS #
2:30pm - 3:45pm
Rollins Building 1033
Antia, Rustom N
Appropriate for First Year students.
Fall and spring. Freshmen only. Variable topics.

Special Evidence-Focused Seminar. For more information:

This class is for Freshmen only.

Infectious diseases have posed, and continue to pose, one of the severest challenges faced by mankind.  We will discuss these scourges, past, present, and future from a variety of viewpoints.  In particular, we will consider:  the history of infectious diseases; the biology of interaction between pathogens and their hosts; and how diseases can be controlled by drugs, vaccines, and other methods.

A focus of the course will be using the scientific method and in particular, a quantitative approach to understanding natural phenomena.  Enthusiasm for using the language of mathematics for describing natural phenomena is essential, and a strong background in mathematics will be helpful.

Grading will consist of a combination of quizzes, tests, and assignments.

Prerequisites:  None.

  1. Paul de Kruif
    Microbe Hunters
  2. M.L. Wayne and B.M. Bolker
    Infectious Disease: A very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press)

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