This survey course introduces students to many of the enduring concepts in the study of biology. These include biochemistry, cellular structure and function, energy transfer, genetics, biotechnology, ecology, and the core theme of the discipline: evolution. Attention is paid to how each of these topics has applicability to humans and to the world around us. Emphasis is also placed on key science practices including the development of testable hypotheses, and implementing original, student-designed experiments. Thus, the laboratory component of this course is a central feature of the students’ experience. Students are also challenged to think critically and to explore the ethical ramifications of many issues facing society today. This course is a prerequisite for all upper level life science courses.