• Introduction to Biology

    Introduction to Biology

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Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the emergent properties that arise at each increasing level of biological organization from atoms to biospheres.
  2. Define life.
  3. Classify living organisms based on the characteristics of life.
  4. Recognize the impact of evolution on past and present living organisms.
  5. Identify the basis for the scientific method.
  6. Apply scientific methodology to simulated and real world situations.


Biology in Real Life

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, is a strain of bacteria whose symptoms range from mild skin infections to life-threatening bloodstream infections. While viewing this CNN news video, consider why it is important to understand the biological development of MRSA.

Video Focus Points

Look for answers to these questions when watching the video:

  • Why is infection by MRSA a greater health concern than many other infections?
  • Which environmental agent is most responsible for the prevalence of MRSA?




  1. Before continuing this lesson, please read the appropriate chapter in your textbook as directed in your course calendar.
  2. Complete the online lesson activities:
    • Emergent Properties
    • What is Life?
    • Change Over Time
    • Scientific Thinking
    • Progress Check
  3. Complete Lab 1: Safety and Laboratory Techniques.
    • This lab is about the precautions to follow and protective equipment to wear to stay safe when working with lab materials. It also includes learning how to use specific equipment and how to perform precise measurements required for experimentation.
      • Make sure to plan ahead by reading the appropriate pages in your lab manual.
      • This lab is estimated to take about 1 hour.
      • Allow additional time for completing and submitting your lab report as directed by your instructor.
    • Completion of the Safety and Laboratory Techniques lab is required for you to earn points on any future labs. frog rock

Additional Resources


Learn more about MRSA on the website for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.