Biology is the “science of life”—a broad definition for a broad and ever-expanding field, and one that is based primarily on observational and empirical evidence, although its origin can be traced back to the natural philosophy of ancient Greece. In this course, students can expect to study everything from the function of biological molecules to the integration of the global ecosystem. In addition to learning the fundamental principles of biology, students will also become knowledgeable about its social, economic, and political significance. This is an introductory course, so a background in biology or science in general is not required.