BIOL& 260L : MICROBIOLOGY
Introduction to bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms. Includes microbial structure, metabolism, genetics, ecology, technological applications, microbial diseases of humans, immunology, public health, and medical control strategies. (NS)
- Discuss the structural features of bacteria, viruses, and prions, and how those features are related to mechanisms of infection.
- Discuss how strategies such as disinfection and pasteurization are used to control microbial growth.
- Discuss how mutations coupled with rapid growth support the emergence of multidrug-resistant pathogens.
- Explain how recombinant DNA technology can be used to produce large quantities of human proteins in bacteria for further study.
- Discuss the importance of arthropod vectors (mosquitoes, e.g.) in transmission of malaria and other diseases.
- Explain the fundamental differences between the innate and adaptive immune systems and the advantages/disadvantages of each.
- Discuss the general mechanisms by which pathogens cause damage to the host, and be able to explain the difference between exotoxins and endotoxins.
- Explain how immunoassays are used to detect the presence of particular pathogens, and why it is useful to know the identity of the infectious microbe.
- Discuss the principles of transmission of disease including the importance of portals of exit, portals of entry, and reservoirs of infection.
- Demonstrate the ability to use the CDC website, including the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), to learn about infectious diseases.
At a Glance
Eligibility for both ENGL& 101 and MATH 090/091; 2.0 or higher in BIOL& 160L (BIOL& 222L may substitute for BIOL& 160L.)