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Fundamental Virology

East Baltimore
1st Term
Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
Academic Year
2023 - 2024
Instruction Method
Class Time(s)
M, W, F, 3:30 - 4:50pm
Auditors Allowed
Yes, with instructor consent
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Year
Next Offered
2024 - 2025
Discusses cellular, molecular, genetic, and immunological principles that govern viral infection. Presents a survey of main virus groups with a detailed discussion of several representative human pathogens. Includes topics: replication strategies, pathogenesis, carcinogenesis, vaccination, and the use of viruses as tools in molecular and cell biology. Emphasizes interactions of viral and host cell processes.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Compare and contrast replication strategies from attachment to egress for a variety of viruses.
  2. Evaluate how the structural and genomic features of viruses impact their epidemiology and pathogenesis.
  3. Discuss mechanisms by which viruses are spread and controlled in human individuals and populations.
  4. Explain mechanisms of viral pathogenesis for a variety of viruses.
  5. Analyze and interpret scientific writing and data on virology topics.
  6. Debate and defend positions on public policy regarding infectious diseases based on scientific data.
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 10% Quizzes
  • 20% Midterm
  • 20% Final Exam
  • 20% Discussion
  • 30% Assignments
Special Comments

Required for MMI students. All students taking this course should have a good cell biology background.