Introduction to Biology
This Powerpoint presentation can be used as an introduction lecture for an low-level biology class, either in high school or college. The Powerpoint gives a broad overview of some of the important concepts in biology, beginning with the characteristics of life. Each of the levels of biological organization are outlined, from a molecule up through the entire biosphere. The steps of the scientific method are also covered, along with the difference between a hypothesis and theory. The lecture ends with a few examples of some of the major fields of study in biology, such as taxonomy and genetics.
Essential concepts: Biology, characteristics of life, adaptation, response, regulation, growth, development, energy processing, organization, biosphere, ecosystem, community, phopulation, organism, cell, tissue, organelle, molecule, organization of life, scientific method, variables, experiment, observation, hypothesis, controlled experiment, control, independent variable, dependent variable, qualitative data, quantitative data, sample size, peer review, bias.
Test questions: Available at the biology instructor resources subscription page.