Immunology and Infectious Disease
Description of the major
Immunology is the study of how animals and humans protect themselves from pathogens. Understanding basic mechanisms of immunity provides insights into how blood cells develop and how pathogens are recognized and attacked. Furthermore, understanding the concepts behind immunology is necessary for drug and vaccine design. Immunology covers a broad range of disciplines, including but not limited to microbiology, virology, animal health, genetics, biochemistry, and molecular and cell biology. Students will develop an understanding of normal immune responses to bacterial, fungal, and viral agents and the potential pathological outcomes of these responses. Students will learn about events that shape the immune response, the general biology of pathogens, and the mechanisms by which they cause disease. In addition, basic skills in microbiology, molecular biology, and biochemistry will be acquired.
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