to Biology 115! We hope that you find this course
interesting and stimulating, and that you will be inspired to
forge ahead in your studies of the biological world.
To introduce you to the course, we would like
to present to you in the following lessons two themes that you
will see reiterated throughout the semester:
The diversity in life and life’s
processes that we see today has come about as a result of
the differential survival and reproduction rates of
While life is astoundingly diverse in
many ways, there are also many commonalities found in all
life that result from shared evolutionary histories.
As you move through the course, keep these
themes in mind – they should help you keep a grip on the
material, and help you make sense of the living world. Good
luck, and welcome to the amazing world of Cells and the
Evolution of Life!
Topics covered in this Lesson