Biology is the scientific study
of living organisms. That may sound simple, until we start to think
about the vast number of organisms that inhabit planet Earth. When
we also consider the interactions among organisms, and between an
organism and its environment, it becomes clear that a lot of
information can be classified as biological.
How is biological information
acquired, and by whom? We'll discover the answers to these questions
as we begin to explore how biologists do their work.
We'll also see how the field of
biology is divided into subfields that allow for specialization.
Collaboration among specialists in many fields is critical for
solving many of today's complex biological problems.