Inspired by Jay Phelan’s What is Life?, this four-credit online-only course will explore the foundations of biological science. As part of their fulfillment of the Natural Science General Education Objectives, students will develop knowledge on the interdisciplinary nature of all natural sciences by integrating physical and chemical theories into explanations of how life works. Students will be expected to apply some of the content discussed in this class to their local environments, apply quantitative reasoning, and produce cogent writing samples in a scientific manner. Special Note for students starting Fall 2015: Concurrent enrollment in SCI 224 will be required.