This is an introductory immunology course for senior-level undergraduates interested to learn why we don’t die from a common cold and why we can’t always give a kidney to our best friend. This course will define the role of the immune system in fighting infection, its potential to prevent cancer, and describe how through the use vaccines we can avoid disease. We will also discuss the other side of the immune system, the one causing problems such as autoimmunity, allergy, and transplant rejection.

Course Objectives & Outcomes:

After learning the course, the students should be able to:

• Name and describe the principal organs, cells, and molecules of the immune system and their function
• Describe the process of immunity, including the regulatory controls of the immune system
• Predict the consequences of a deficiency in one particular component of the immune system
• Explain how abnormal immune function can cause disease