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.



Course meeting information

On line schedule of classes:

Credits:  3


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

Course Syllabus 

Fall 2022 Syllabus

Course URL

 A Canvas course website will be available at the beginning of the semester.

Course Satisfies Learning Goals

Parasites, in particular the Neglected Tropical Diseases, are emerging as some of the most important health issues in underdeveloped countries.  This course presents some of the current issues in parasitology, including epidemiology and drug/vaccine development.  Upon completion of the course, students will understand the life cycle, physiology, and treatment for the most common human parasite infections and use this as a solid foundation for future research in the field.  Course goals are consistent with those set by the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, as well as the Division of Life Sciences at Rutgers University.

Exams, Assignments, and Grading Policy

Study Quizes

Two hourly exams

Final exam

Course Materials

Parasitic Diseases, 7th edition

Despommier, DD, Griffin, DO, Gwadz, RW, Hotez, PJ, and Knirsch, CA.

Parasites Without Borders, 2017.       


Course Closed?

If this course is closed, please use the following link to add your name to the appropriate wait list: Wait List Sign Up for Fall 2022 Courses .  If you have any questions, please contact the Division of Life Science - Office of Undergraduate Instruction at 848-445-2075 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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