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Biology 361

BIOL 361
Parasitology

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BIOL 361
Parasitology
Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory

Prerequisite: BIOL 231 or BIOL 232 or a “B” or better in BIOL 105

Study of the anatomy, systematics, ecology, and life cycles of the major parasitic groups.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

Through the lecture and laboratory sessions of the course, students will explore the science of parasitology by studying the most common parasite taxa. The concepts and major parasite groups that will be investigated are outlined below.

Content of Lecture Presentations

Lectures will cover basic terminology, epidemiological theory and models, basic laboratory techniques, and the major parasite taxa: protozoans, helminths, and arthropods.


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

Course content will may be presented and examined through lectures, interactive discussions, writing exercises, critical thinking exercises and integrated laboratory experiments.

In the laboratory portion of the course, students perform detailed microscopic examinations of parasite morphology.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

The objectives of the course are to acquaint the student with the important parasite taxa, techniques used by parasitologists, and the role parasites play in ecological communities. Emphasis will be placed on epidemiological concepts and theory.


Assessment Measures

Student assessment of their knowledge of course content may be based on examinations, a research paper, and in-class exercises.


Other Course Information

None


Review and Approval


01/2011