Fundamentals of Microbiology is an introductory course in which the basic concepts of microbiology are presented. The course covers the impact of microorganisms in a historical context, microbial functional anatomy, metabolic activities, growth, control of growth, and genetic mechanisms among bacteria. Also covered are the multiplication strategies and biological roles of viruses and selected prokaryotic and eukaryotic microorganisms. The role of microorganisms in the environment and public health will be discussed. The course also includes an overview of infectious disease principles. Enrollment in BIOL 2325L is strongly recommended.