A study of the basic principles of microbiology. Topics covered will include the history of microbiology including classic experiments, microbial structure and function, nutrition, growth, control, metabolism, and genetics of microbes. Diverse microbial organisms will be covered and include viruses, bacteria, archaea, fungi, algae, and protozoa. Microbial roles in symbiotic relationships, the environment, and the food industry will be discussed. Biotechnology involving microbes will also be covered. This course is designed for upper level biology majors and minors but is appropriate as a general education science course as well. Concurrent enrollment in the associated laboratory, BIO 301, is required.