Principles of Biology

Biology touches our lives every day. Whether we are concerned about the health of our own bodies or the health of the planet, an understanding of the basic principles of biology is important. This course explores some of the fundamental and unifying concepts of modern biology. Topics covered may include cell structure and processes, genetics, evolution, biodiversity, animal and plant form and function, and ecology. The interconnections within the natural world, along with biology’s relevance to everyday life, will be highlighted. Biology is an extremely diverse and complex discipline, and an introductory course can only explore a thin slice of this diversity and complexity. Although this is an introductory course, it will provide enough depth and rigor to equip students to make scientifically informed evaluations of biological issues confronting contemporary society. Furthermore, it is hoped that after completing this course, students will have a greater appreciation of the wonders of the natural world.

Credits: 3 Cr.