Prerequisites: Introductory Microbiology and Genetics or Perm. Instr.
Description: This course covers the basics of the biochemistry, molecular biology, and genetics of chemotaxis and flagella, pili and adhesins, extracellular proteases, bacterial toxins, invasion and intracellular growth, phase and antigenic variation, gene transfer, LPS, iron, M-proteins, capsules, chemotherapy, antibiotic resistance and global regulation of virulence elements.
Course Goals: The goals of this course are to have the students gain a basic understanding of the kinds of virulence factors used by pathogenic bacteria to cause disease.
Competencies: This course is currently one of the Group 2 "Specified Electives" for the Microbiology Concentration Major. In the future it will also be one of the options for the "Public Health Approaches to Infectious Disease" requirement in the soon be started Bachelor of Science in Public Health.