Spring 2019 - BISC 318 D100

Parasitology (3)

Class Number: 2317

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
    RCB 8100, Burnaby

    Th 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
    RCB 8100, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    BISC 101 and 102, and 204 or HSCI 212 with a grade of C- or better and completion of 60 units. Recommended: BISC 300 and 306.



Ecology and phylogeny of animal parasites (from protozoa to helminthes), including those of humans, domestic animals and wildlife. Parasite success, host-parasite interactions, general epidemiological principles of parasitic infections, and reproductive strategies used by parasites to increase the likelihood of transmission as well as host responses and medical options for past and current parasite problems. Students who have taken BISC 418 Parasitology may not take this course for further credit.


This will be a broad-based lecture course covering major aspects of general parasitology. Students will be exposed to the ecology and phylogeny of animal parasites, including those of humans, domestic animals and wildlife. The course will follow taxonomic guidelines: from protozoa to helminths. The success of parasitism will be presented in terms of host-parasite interactions; general epidemiological principles of parasitic infections, structure function comparisons and reproductive strategies used by parasites to increase the likelihood of transmission. The host response to parasites will be presented including options such as vaccines and drugs available for some parasites and why this is not available for others. The course will try and look at current problems in the world and will pick current events involving parasites for discussion.  

There will be a 3 hour laboratory session/week. In this period students will become more familiar with parasite structure function, and will be required recognize groups of parasites and to make permanent mounts of fresh parasite material.


  • Midterm 1 20%
  • Midterm II 20%
  • Final Exam 25%
  • Laboratory 35%



Parasitology & Vector Biology (Marquardt, Demaree, and Grieve)

Parasitic Diseases (Despommier, Gwadz, Hotez, Knirsch)

Foundations of Parasitology (Roberts and Janovy)

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