Courses: Perspectives in Biology: Six Drugs that Changed the World (BIOLH120B01)

Spring 2014

The development and impact of six common pharmaceutical drugs. It is becoming increasingly important to be able to understand health care treatment options in today’s American society. As a result, this class seeks to explore the pharmaceutical sciences, and the common misunderstandings surrounding drugs and the pharmaceutical industry. Specifically, we will focus on the biological mechanisms, history, and societal impact surrounding the six most influential pharmaceuticals of our time: antibiotics, analgesics, anesthetics, insulin, vaccines, and hormonal contraceptives. In addition, the controversies surrounding these drugs will be discussed, such as the rise of antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria, the recent popularization of the anti-vaccine movement, and the implications of these controversies for society as a whole.

Prerequisites: n/a

Fulfills: NA II Limit:25


Biology (Web site)

Taught By

Christopher Jang


Haverford, Stokes 010

Meeting Times

MWF 10:30-11:30