This course examines the remarkable environmental, physiological, and metabolic diversity of prokaryotic and eukaryotic microorganisms (i.e., bacteria, protists, algae, & fungi). More specifically, diversity will be studied in terms of taxonomy and phylogeny, the ability of species to live in various environments, and the application and value of genomics in diversity. Emphasis will be placed on the reading of primary literature, and on using that information to make connections with class lectures and generate hypotheses that will be tested in the laboratory. The structure of the course includes traditional lectures, class activities, and student presentations. Prerequisite: BIOL 150, 201, & 202, or consent. Diversity of Microorganisms qualifies as a "biological diversity" course for the major and minor. Students may either take General Microbiology (BIOL 315) or Diversity of Microorganisms (BIOL 317) during their academic career, but not both courses.