Covid-19 Biotechnology & Research

Course Description

This course is designed to help you apply knowledge from an introductory high school biology course to problems related to Covid-19. We will examine how the virus SARS-CoV-2 attacks the human body, how the immune system responds, how testing works, and how this information can be used to design drugs and vaccines to halt the spread of the virus. As scientists scramble to learn more about the virus, there has been an explosion of research papers and many claims in the media about the virus. We will evaluate the claims critically and explore the underlying science by reading a few selected papers.

Course Details

  • Class Number: 20502
  • 2021 Schedule: MoWeFr 10:00AM - 11:20AM PDT
  • Online Format - Synchronous: This course is taught in real-time, and students are expected to attend virtual sessions at specific times during the week.


Ideal student has had one biology course in high school such as 9th grade biology and who would like to move beyond a classroom understanding of biology and develop more familiarity with biotechnology and biological research. 

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