Course Descriptions


This course is intended for Life Science majors or those with a strong background in the Biological Sciences.

This course may be used to fulfill the elective requirements of the Biological Sciences major.

Spring 2023: This course will be offered in person. Attendance is required.






General Biology 01:119:115-116 or 01:119:101-102

Course Description

As a consequence of our shrinking world, due to the increased frequency and ease of travel, the study of Parasitology has experienced a resurgence.  This course introduces the morphology, developmental life cycle, pathology, immunology, epidemiology, and treatment and control of each of the major parasites of humans.  In addition, modes of action of chemotherapeutic agents are presented.

Topics include:

  • Host-Parasite Relations
  • African Trypanosomes
  • American Trypanosomes
  • Leishmania 
  • Visceral Flagellates
  • The Pathogenic Amoebae
  • Ciliates
  • Toxoplasma  
  • Malaria
  • Visceral Trematodes
  • Schistosomes and Schistosomiasis
  • Cestodes
  • Nematodes
  • Arthropod-borne Diseases

Course Syllabus

 Spring 2023 Syllabus

Course URL


Course Satisfies Learning Goals 

Factual and conceptual knowledge; scientific reasoning to analyzing neglected diseases of the globe

Exams, Assignments, and Grading Policy 

Three 80 minute exams

Course Materials 

D. Fong & M. M. Chan (2022) Human Parasites: from Organisms to Molecular Biology, ISBN 978-981-123-626-6 (hardcopy), 978-981-123-627-3 (ebook) World Scientific

Course Closed?

If this course is closed, please use the following link to add your name to the wait list: Wait List Sign Up for Spring 2023 Courses . If you have any questions, please contact the Division of Life Sciences - Office of Undergraduate Instruction at 848-445-2075 or visit our office at Nelson Biological Laboratories B112, Busch Campus.


Dr. Dunne Fong

B424 Nelson

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** All information is subject to change at the discretion of the course coordinator.