Course Descriptions


This course is intended for Life Science majors or those with a strong background in the Biological Sciences. It is recommended that students have a background in human physiology and/or anatomy and physiology.

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

As of Fall 2008, this course may not be used to fulfill the elective requirements of the Genetics major.



Fall, Spring, and Summer




General Biology 01:119:115-116 or 01:119:101-102 Credit not given for both this course and Cancer 01:447:495

Course Description

Introduction to Cancer provides the student with an overview of conventional and state-of-the-art aspects of oncogenesis. Students will become familiar with the process involved in neoplastic transformation to the cancer phenotype through aspects of epidemiology, pathophysiology, virology, in vitro and in vivo cellular transformation and genetics. They will then apply these aspects to the understanding of classic therapeutic modalities and new state-of-the-art rational therapies. This comprehensive course will concentrate on the human disease process by applying clinical aspects of oncogenesis during a series of Grand Rounds discussions that will include recent patient clinical cases and their outcomes.

Subjects that will be addressed during the course include:

• The nature of cancer
• Pathophysiology of neoplasia
• Genetic changes in neoplasia and multi-step tumorigenesis
• Tumor Viruses
• Phenotypic characteristics of neoplastic cells
• Epidemiology of Cancer
• Cancer Therapeutics; traditional and emerging
• Rationale behind new state-of-the-art cancer treatments

Course Syllabi

Course Syllabus Spring 2017

Course URL

Course Satisfies Learning Goals

This course is designed to provide the student with a general knowledge of the biology of cancer and oncogenesis, with particular emphasis on the clinical oncology process by applying it to the speciifc clinical case studies. By the end of the course, the student will have a comprehensive knowledge of cancer as it applies to the human body and its function.

Exams, Assignments, and Grading Policy

There will be three equally weighted examinations, each 70 min in length. There will also be one clinical case study quiz 40 min in length at the end of the course. In-class assessment for the Grand Rounds section of the course will include 10 individual clinical case study exercises on selected patient oncologies.

Course Materials

The Biology of Cancer: Robert Weinberg. 2013 ISBN: 9780815340768 available in both hard and paperback, NY Garland Science

Course Closed?

If this course is closed,  please use the following link to add your name to the course wait list: Wait List Sign Up for Spring 2020 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 Labs B112, Busch Campus. 


Dr. Kishore Joshi


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