May 30, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

BIO 364 Virology

This course will emphasize the unifying principles that describe the propagation of all viruses. Unity in diversity can be seen even in the smallest forms of life-viruses. Viruses infect everything from humans to bacteria to other viruses, and yet their strategies for survival and propagation are remarkably similar. Topics covered will include viral genomes, virus structure, infectious cycles, and virus-host interactions. Viruses of current interest will be discussed (e.g. HIV, influenza). In addition, we will consider the roles of viruses in evolution and oncogenesis, emerging viral infections, and biomedical applications utilizing viruses. Students should expect to critically analyze scientific literature, design and perform original research, and show proficiency in oral and written communication skills. 3 hours lecture. 1 three-hour laboratory. Prerequisite: BIO 290  and BIO 350  is recommended

4 credit hours