Introduces the fundamental principles of taxonomy, microscopy, cell structure, cultivation, growth, metabolism, and genetics of the microbial world. Microbial interrelationships and control are examined along with the discussion of the role microbes play in the ecosystem, in public health, and in industry. This course is required for Biology and Health sciences majors. Prerequisites: BIOLOGY 114 (Concepts in Biology 1) and CHEM 115 (Chemistry for the Sciences 1); and either BIOLOGY 115 (Concepts in Biology 2) or BIOLOGY 173 (Anatomy and Physiology 1). Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week.