This survey course assists students in understanding the basic and unifying principles of life. Students focus on a wide variety of topics including structure and function, organization, diversity, biochemistry, evolution, behavior, ecology, and population dynamics.
(writing intensive) The objective of this course is to introduce students to the innate mechanisms by which the human body prevents infection, as well as those involved in specifically acquired immunity. Topics include the structural, functional and genetic aspects of a fully competent immune system that can successfully prevent attack by millions of microorganisms each day. Exploration of the many medical conditions which result from hyperactive- or impaired-immune responses including allergy, autoimmunity, cancer and AIDS are studied.