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.






General Biology 01:119:115-116-117 or 01:119:101-102 and General Chemistry 01:160:161-162-171 (or higher) and

Organic Chemistry 01:160:307. Systems Physiology is recommended.

Course Description 

This course will introduce the student to a real life patient case study each lecture, moving the course toward an understanding of specific human diseases (e.g. pharyngitis, hepatitis) as might be expected in a clinical environment. Each case will include a patient history, differential diagnosis, clinical cues, laboratory data, pathogenesis, treatment and prevention, additional points and references. The course will be interactive, engaging students in peer discussions and will emphasize journal articles, Pubmed, NCBI publications etc. to encourage integrative understanding of the microbiological world.

This course includes aspects of microbial pathophysiology, genetics, immunology,therapy it relates to the differential diagnosis of a particular clinical disease. For each case study a short overview of the possible organisms involved in each pathology together with their life cycle will serve as an introduction to the disease in question, and the cases will be grouped by disease presentation from the simpler to the more complex.                                              

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Course Satisfies Learning Goals 

Microorganisms are an essential component of human biology and it is sometimes just a flip of that physiological switch that turns the normal symbiont into a dangerous pathogen. This course will introduce students to the microbial environment as it relates to physiology, morphology, pathogenicity, and genetics of groups of microorganisms and their medical applications. By the end of the course, each student will be able to understand the role that certain microorganisms play in particular human diseases through a process of differential diagnosis and interpretation of laboratory results, pathogenesis and treatment options. The intention is to provide each student with the tools needed to understand medical microbiology, using a case-based approach to stress key principles of microbial pathogenesis, the use of clinical microbiology techniques and the selection and use of key antimicrobial agents.  

  • Knowledge specific goals: Know the terms, concepts and theories in genetics.
  • Integrate the material from multiple courses and research. That is, to think holistically and to see the whole as well as the parts.
  • Use genetic information and ideas to critically analyze published research articles in genetics.

Exams, Assignments, and Grading Policy 

  • TBA

Course Materials 

  • TBA

Course Closed? 

If the course is closed, please continue to monitor web-reg for openings. If you have any questions, please contact the Division of Life Science - Office of Undergraduate Instruction at 848-445-2075 or visit our office at Nelson Labs B112, Busch Campus.


 Dr, Haiyang Lu



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