3 hours + 1 hour lab (4 credits)
Prerequisite: BIOL 121 or concurrent, or BIOL 151.
This course is a study of bacteria, viruses, fungi, protozoa, and helminths and their relationship to health, disease, and other living systems. Topics include structure, taxonomy, physiology, reproduction, genetics, immunology, infectious agents and pathogenesis, method of control, and the role of microorganisms in nature. Laboratory methods include culturing, slide preparation, staining, and aseptic techniques. Three hours of lecture and two one-and-one-half hour laboratories per week are required.