The many fields of biology are rapidly expanding. I want to give my students the tools they will need to understand the basic concepts of biology and to connect those concepts to their every day life. Biology is not just a list of terms to memorize, it is a field of study designed to help students understand how the living world and current events (global warming, environmental issues, diseases, epidemics etc.) interrelate with their daily lives. In order to help my students conceptualize this, they will perform laboratory procedures, participate in field work, and study written materials in the text and periodicals.