Ten Themes of the Study of Life


I. Introductory Remarks on Class Expectations and Objectives

  1. Course Website: http://www.neuro.fsu.edu/faculty/fadool/biology11.html
  2. Course Tutors: Ms. Meghan Web mailto: mw08d@fsu.edu
  3. Tutor Hours (w/ our TA): KIN 1054
  4. Weekly Help Session with the Professor: Room 307 Biology Unit 1; 6:30 7:30 pm Wednesdays
  5. How to Prepare for BSC2010 Honors

1. Outside Text Book Readings

2. Study Guide Questions on Website

3. Text Book Calculations/Questions

4. Consistent Review of Your Notes and Outlines

5. Participation in Class, Weekly Help Sessions


II. Ten Themes of the Study of Life


A. The 10 Themes:

1. Emergent Properties

2. The Cell

3. Hertitable Information

4. Structure/Function

5. Interaction with the Environment

6. Regulation

7. Unity and Diversity

8. Evolution

9. Scientific inquiry

10. Science, Technology, and Society


B. Hierachy of Organization

1. Molecules Organelle Cells Tissue Organ Organism Community

2. The smallest structure capable of all the activities of life = The Cell

a. Scientists

1. Hooke

2. Van Leeuwenhoek

b. Two major cell types

1. Prokaryotes

2. Eukaryotes

3. The genetic material

a. Structure of DNA

b. Genome


C. Chemical Reactions and Energy

1. Transformation into heat

2. Feedback loops


D. Classification of Life

1. Taxonomy (K-P-C-O-F-G-S)

2. 3 Domains

a. Bacteria

b. Archaea

c. Eukarya


E. Evolution as the Core Theme of Biology

1. Charles Darwin

a. Origin of Species

1. Descent with modification

2. Natural selection


F. Process of Science

1. Two major practices

a. Observation

b. Hypothetico-Deductive Testing

2. Hypothesis versus a theory

3. Science as a social science