Biology is a lab oriented introductory course that focuses on living systems at a molecular level. Course activities include lectures, class discussions, demonstrations, cooperative group work, small group laboratory activities, homework and at least one individual project. Evaluation criteria are based on student performance on exams, quizzes, journal writing, formal and informal lab write-ups, homework and other classroom activities. Course topics include: Biology as a science, Biochemistry, energy flow through living systems, cellular and sub cellular structure and function, the cell cycle, genetics & inheritance, protein synthesis, ecology and agriculture. Evaluation criteria are based on student performance on exams, quizzes, journal writing, two formal lab write ups, informal lab write ups, homework and other classroom activities.