This course is designed to address concepts in organismal biology from single celled prokaryotes to multicellular eukaryotic plants and animals. The evolutionary context of organismal diversity will be explored as well as the relationship of organisms with their environments. Special emphasis is placed upon interrelationships among the structural levels, and topics discussed are chosen to illustrate the correlation of structural and functional properties at each level. The process of scientific inquiry will be practiced in the laboratory via collaborative research projects that explore structure function relationships in model organisms culminating in a scientific manuscript. Students will also explore the ethical use of organisms in the laboratory setting. This course includes a lab period.

Three hours lecture, three hours lab