Pathogens: the Microbes Making

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Natural Science
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Hampshire College
Infectious diseases have killed billions of humans throughout history, and have the potential to wipe us out completely, whether emerging naturally or from bioterrorism. Students will read primary literature and popular science media to explore the molecular mechanisms and social impact of medically important microorganisms. Topics will be wide-ranging and interdisciplinary (e.g., nanoweapons inside microbes, how epidemics emerge, antibiotic resistance, diagnostic technology, social and political factors that contribute to human vulnerability, and public misinformation). This course is ideal for students who are ready for a deeper dive into medical microbiology but also care about the social factors of disease.
Independent Work Multiple Cultural Perspectives Quantitative Skills In this course students are generally expected to spend at least 6 to 8 hours a week of preparation and work outside of class time.
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Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
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Course Sections

Pathogens: the Microbes Making
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
1 4.0 Megan Dobro 12:30PM-01:50PM TU;12:30PM-01:50PM TH Cole Science Center 333;Cole Science Center 333