600 Level Courses

BIOD 604: Emerging Infectious Diseases I: Bacteria and Toxins. 3 credits.
Covers the microbiology, pathogenesis, clinical effects, and epidemiology of bacteria and toxins that pose threats to global health or can be utilized as biological weapons. Offered by Schar School of Policy & Govt. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture
BIOD 605: Emerging Infectious Diseases II: Viral Agents. 3 credits.
Covers the microbiology, pathogenesis, clinical effects, and epidemiology of viruses that pose threats to global health or can be utilized as biological weapons. Offered by Schar School of Policy & Govt. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture
BIOD 607: Introduction to Biodefense/Threat Analysis III: Toxins. 3 credits.
Discusses the threat of toxins as biological weapons. Special focus on microbiological toxins, including botulinum toxin, and biochemical action of toxins. Comparison to chemical weapons and debate about classification as such. Offered by Schar School of Policy & Govt. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Biodefense, Biological Threat and Defense or Microbial Biodefense.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture
BIOD 609: Biodefense Strategy. 3 credits.
Introduces students to the biodefense and biosecurity strategies and policies of the United States, other nations, and international organizations. Evaluates the effectiveness of these policies in strengthening defenses, improving intelligence, increasing oversight, enhancing nonproliferation, and reinforcing norms. Examines the interaction of biodefense and biosecurity with homeland, national, and international security. Offered by Schar School of Policy & Govt. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: BIOD 604 and 605; or permission of instructor.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture
BIOD 610: Advanced Topics in Global Health Security. 1-4 credits.
Different topics, depending on instructor's specialty. Topics include ethical, legal, scientific, security, political, and/or policy aspects of global health security, emphasizing current problems and research. Notes: May be repeated when topic is different. Offered by Schar School of Policy & Govt. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 18 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: BIOD 604 and 605 or permission of instructor.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture
BIOD 620: Global Health Security Policy. 3 credits.
Explores issues emerging from the interaction of health and security that represent novel challenges to policy makers confronting a rapidly changing international landscape. Examines the origin and evolution of the concept of health security. Analyzes strategic impact of infectious disease outbreaks, global health security case studies, global health governance, and formulation and implementation of U.S. global health security policy. Offered by Schar School of Policy & Govt. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: BIOD 604 and BIOD 605; or permission of instructor.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture
BIOD 621: Ethics and International Security. 3 credits.
Challenges students to wrestle with dilemmas raised by the desire to behave ethically in an international system in which consensus about ethical matters is absent. Students will develop, apply, and justify their own perspective on an ethical problem related to international security using ethical theory and social science research. Ethical issues related to nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons that confront researchers, policy makers, and practitioners will be addressed. Offered by Schar School of Policy & Govt. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture
BIOD 622: Negotiating in the International Arena. 3 credits.
Provides students with the concepts and tools for analyzing complex negotiation processes and introduces them to the challenges facing international negotiators. Students will read about the frameworks and perspectives that have guided the scholarly research on negotiation, as well as the latest findings from that research; analyze complex cases of actual negotiations in the security, trade, and environmental areas; and negotiate key issues on the agendas of nations and international organizations. Offered by Schar School of Policy & Govt. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture

700 Level Courses

BIOD 705: Intelligence: Theory and Practice. 3 credits.
Theory and practice of intelligence, including the intelligence cycle, organization of the intelligence community, and the origins and impact of recent reforms. Examines the capabilities and limitations of the different collection disciplines, analytic methodologies and pathologies, and the relationship between intelligence and policy. Analyzes challenges posed by collecting and analyzing intelligence on weapons of mass destruction programs conducted by states and terrorists. Offered by Schar School of Policy & Govt. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: BIOD 604 and 605 or permission of instructor.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate or Non-Degree level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture
BIOD 706: Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Weapons Policy and Security. 3 credits.
Explores the causes, conduct, and consequences of the proliferation of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons. Covers the historical, technological, normative, and strategic factors that have promoted and restrained the spread of these weapons. Addresses the motives for states to develop these weapons and the debate over the security implications of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapon proliferation. Offered by Schar School of Policy & Govt. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: BIOD 604 and 605 or permission of instructor.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate or Non-Degree level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture
BIOD 709: Nonproliferation and Arms Control. 3 credits.
Examines the array of national and international measures used to slow, halt, and reverse the spread of nuclear, biological, chemical, and missile weapons. Explores the theory and practice of proliferation to provide insights into the supply and demand aspects of proliferation. Offered by Schar School of Policy & Govt. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: BIOD 604 and 605 or permission of instructor.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate or Non-Degree level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture
BIOD 710: Health Security Preparedness. 3 credits.
Examines national and international public health and medical preparedness for and response to natural disasters, terrorist acts, and disease outbreaks. Explores organizational and policy architecture, implementation challenges, and strategies for preventing, detecting, and mitigating these threats. Offered by Schar School of Policy & Govt. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate or Non-Degree level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture
BIOD 722: Examining Terrorist Groups. 3 credits.
Introduction to terrorism including the history and evolution of terrorism, case studies of key terrorist groups, the current nature of the terrorist threat and counterterrorism strategies. Offered by Schar School of Policy & Govt. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: BIOD 604 and 605 or permission of instructor.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate or Non-Degree level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture
BIOD 723: Legal Dimensions of Homeland Security. 3 credits.
Introduces the impact of legal issues on homeland security and biodefense. Topics include the origins of the Department of Homeland Security, the relationship between public health and law enforcement, the role of the military in homeland security, trade-offs between privacy and security, legal aspects of public-private cooperation in biodefense and homeland security, quarantine authority and enforcement, ensuring compliance with international treaties, and implementing biosecurity regulations. Offered by Schar School of Policy & Govt. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: BIOD 604 and 605 or permission of instructor.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate or Non-Degree level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture
BIOD 725: Terrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction. 3 credits.
Examines the capabilities and intentions of terrorists to acquire and use chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) weapons. The course provides an in-depth understanding of the history of CBRN terrorism, the current challenges posed by this threat, and the range of national and international policy tools available to address this threat. Offered by Schar School of Policy & Govt. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: BIOD 604 and BIOD 605; or permission of instructor.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate or Non-Degree level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture
BIOD 726: Food Security. 3 credits.
Analyzes threats to food security globally including those related to climate change and environmental degradation; animal and plant diseases; access to clean water; agricultural terrorism; and antimicrobial resistance. Explores the national and global health, economic, social, and ethical impacts of these disruptive forces. Examines strategies for enhancing the security of the global food production and supply systems. Offered by Schar School of Policy & Govt. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate or Non-Degree level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture
BIOD 751: Biosurveillance. 3 credits.
Provides an understanding of the capabilities required to provide reliable early warning of disease outbreaks and identify their etiological agents. Assesses strengths and limitations of physicians, laboratories, epidemiologists, aerosol sensors, and syndromic surveillance systems. Considers challenges posed by the integration and analysis of the information collected by these sources. Offered by Schar School of Policy & Govt. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: BIOD 604 and BIOD 605; or permission of instructor.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate or Non-Degree level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture
BIOD 752: The Role of the Military in Homeland Security. 3 credits.
Analyzes the role that the armed forces play in homeland security, including historical and legal developments, the role of the National Guard, capabilities for crisis and consequence management, and case studies of military assistance to civilian authorities in response to riots, terrorist incidents, and natural disasters. Offered by Schar School of Policy & Govt. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: BIOD 604 and 605; or permission of instructor.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Washington Consortium level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture
BIOD 760: National Security Technology and Policy. 3 credits.
Introduces students to the intersection of science, technology, and policy in national security. Will examine the players in the formation of science policy; the roles they play; how the types, uncertainties, and availability of data affect science policy debates; and how science policy decisions are made. Topics to be covered include weapons of mass destruction, nonlethal weapons, nanotechnology, bioengineering, energy security, and pandemic influenza. Offered by Schar School of Policy & Govt. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: BIOD 604 and 605; or permission of instructor.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Washington Consortium level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture
BIOD 762: Biotechnology and Society. 3 credits.
Examines the growing role of biotechnology in modern society, including benefits to human and animal health, industrial applications, and potential for misuse. Analyzes key variables influencing the revolution in biotechnology and impact in both developed and developing countries. Explores the political, economic, social, legal, security, and ethical implications of advances in life sciences and biotechnology. Offered by Schar School of Policy & Govt. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: BIOD 604 and 605 or permission of instructor.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Biodefense, Biological Threat and Defense or Microbial Biodefense.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate or Non-Degree level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture
BIOD 766: Development of Vaccines and Therapeutics. 3 credits.
Analyzes the process of developing new medical countermeasures against biological weapons and emerging infectious diseases such as SARS and pandemic influenza. Special attention is paid to the scientific, technical, political, regulatory, and economic obstacles to developing new vaccines and therapeutics. Examines the causes and potential solutions of public and private sector failures. Offered by Schar School of Policy & Govt. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: BIOD 604 and 605 or permission of instructor.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate or Non-Degree level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture
BIOD 780: Master's Supervised Internship. 1-6 credits.
Internship under supervision of qualified professional in biodefense at a government agency, consulting firm, industrial firm, or other acceptable agency. Offered by Schar School of Policy & Govt. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 6 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: Permission of program director or advisor.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Biodefense, Biological Threat and Defense or Microbial Biodefense.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate or Non-Degree level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Internship
BIOD 790: Global Health Security Capstone. 3 credits.
Provides students with the opportunity to hone their research, writing, collaboration, and presentation skills through completion of a capstone project that synthesizes the theoretical and subject matter knowledge students have gained in the program. Offered by Schar School of Policy & Govt. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate or Non-Degree level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Seminar
BIOD 793: Directed Studies in Biodefense. 1-3 credits.
Individualized study of topics not otherwise available in graduate program. May involve reading assignments, tutorials, lectures, papers, presentations, or lab or field study, determined in consultation with instructor. Offered by Schar School of Policy & Govt. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 6 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: Permission of instructor and program director.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Biodefense, Biological Threat and Defense or Microbial Biodefense.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate or Non-Degree level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Independent Study
BIOD 798: Master's Research Project in Biodefense. 3 credits.
Research project related to student's concentration under supervision of faculty advisor. Student produces substantial and original contribution to the field of biodefense on the model of an article in a scholarly journal. Offered by Schar School of Policy & Govt. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: 24 credits in BIOD and permission of project director.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Biodefense, Biological Threat and Defense or Microbial Biodefense.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate or Non-Degree level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Thesis

800 Level Courses

BIOD 810: Advanced Seminar in Biodefense. 3 credits.
Explores issues of contemporary and emerging concern in biodefense and biosecurity. Topics may include legal, ethical, scientific, economic, and political aspects of biodefense and biosecurity. Notes: May be repeated when topic is different. Offered by Schar School of Policy & Govt. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 9 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: BIOD 604 and 605 or permission of adviser.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Schedule Type: Lecture
BIOD 890: Doctoral Supervised Internship. 1-6 credits.
Internship under supervision of qualified biodefense professional at government agency, consulting firm, industrial firm, or other acceptable agency. Offered by Schar School of Policy & Govt. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 6 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: Permission of program director or advisor.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Biodefense, Biological Threat and Defense or Microbial Biodefense.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Schedule Type: Internship
BIOD 899: Directed Research in Biodefense. 1-12 credits.
Research on a pertinent topic in biodefense; scope and subject determined by instructor. Offered by Schar School of Policy & Govt. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 12 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: Approval of program director.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Biodefense, Biological Threat and Defense or Microbial Biodefense.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Schedule Type: Independent Study

900 Level Courses

BIOD 996: Doctoral Reading and Research. 1-9 credits.
Independent reading and research on specific biodefense topic under faculty member's direction. Specific arrangements for designing scope and area of study to be determined in consultation with instructor. May involve literature searches and review, workshops, tutorials, or other formats. Offered by Schar School of Policy & Govt. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 9 credits.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Biodefense, Biological Threat and Defense or Microbial Biodefense.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Schedule Type: Independent Study
BIOD 998: Doctoral Dissertation Proposal. 1-12 credits.
Development of a research proposal, which forms the basis for doctoral dissertation under guidance of dissertation director committee. Notes: Only 12 credits may be applied to the degree. Offered by Schar School of Policy & Govt. May be repeated within the degree.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Biodefense, Biological Threat and Defense or Microbial Biodefense.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Schedule Type: Dissertation
BIOD 999: Doctoral Dissertation. 1-12 credits.
Doctoral dissertation research under direction of dissertation chair. Offered by Schar School of Policy & Govt. May be repeated within the degree.
Recommended Prerequisite: BIOD 998.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy.

Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Biodefense, Biological Threat and Defense or Microbial Biodefense.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Schedule Type: Dissertation