This course is designed to introduce the student to the diverse organisms that cohabitate with humans on this planet. Attention will be paid to understanding how the needs of the organisms are met by morphology, relationships with other organisms, and interactions with the environment. A comparative focus will be used to investigate the way in which organisms from the six kingdoms of life respond to changing conditions in their environment. This course is also designed to offer the student an excellent foundation in cellular structure and function. Emphasis will be placed on cellular processes such as transport, respiration, reproduction, replication, and development. Students will be engaged in inquiry-based activities that further their understanding of Cellular Biology.