General Biology: Cells, Populations, and Ecosystems

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Fall 2017 and Winter 2018 quarters

Taught by

botany, phytochemistry, systematics
biology, virology, molecular biology
freshwater ecology, quantitative biology, environmental education

This program is intended to help students fulfill general biology requirements necessary for advanced work in environmental studies and the natural sciences. Throughout the two quarters, we will emphasize evolution as the framework that links the biological sciences across scales—from individual cells, to multi-cellular organisms, up to populations and communities of interacting organisms within ecosystems. The selective interface of ecology will be the lens through which we understand evolutionary processes and patterns.

In fall quarter, we will explore the diversity of life, how plants and animals work, and the evolutionary processes that have led to current patterns of species distributions. We will explore the origins of life on earth, and the evolution of various branches on the tree of life across geologic time scales. We will incorporate Pacific Northwest natural history to deepen our understanding of evolutionary relationships and focus on the process of science in biology, with a particular emphasis on experimental design, data collection, and statistical analysis.

In winter quarter, we will gain a deeper understanding of cellular and molecular biology, genetics and genomics, biomolecules (lipids, carbohydrates, proteins, and nucleic acids), basic thermodynamics, energetics, metabolic processes, cellular respiration, and photosynthesis. We will strengthen our understanding of evolution throughout the quarter by applying cellular and molecular biology concepts to the principles of ecology. We will continue our application of quantitative and statistical methodologies as a tool for understanding scientific information.

Program Details

Fields of Study

biology ecology zoology

Preparatory For

biology, ecology, and statistics


Fall Open Winter Signature

Location and Schedule

Final Schedule and Room Assignment

Campus Location


Time Offered


Advertised Schedule

First class meeting: Tuesday, September 26 at 10am (Sem II D1107)

Online Learning

Hybrid Online Learning < 25% Delivered Online


$250 in winter for an overnight field trip.


2017-05-22Winter fee added ($250).