Introduces microbes and their activities. Covers a wide range of material in lecture and laboratory exercises, including structure and function of diverse microbes, nutrition, growth, metabolism, microbial genetics, and the role of microbes in disease, immunity, and other selected applied areas. Emphasizes the biology of microbes and their interaction with humans and the environment, and in learning the techniques used to safely work with bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Recommended for students anticipating further study in biological or biomedical sciences. Three hours of lecture and five hours of lab each week.