Biology I is a program that fulfils the need of students to develop knowledge and understanding of the living world that surrounds and includes them. The course will focus in these topics chemistry of life, biodiversity and ecology, cellular biology, and anatomy and physiology. The unifying concepts are organic evolution and the functioning of DNA and energy transfer. The development of a solid understanding of the structure and function of living organisms will enable the students to make informed decisions related to their personal and community health and environmental well being. Students will be introduced to the field of biotechnology with the intention of developing and enhancing student understanding of the molecular basis for life and heredity leading to development of the ability to critically evaluate the risks and benefits of this technology to the living systems.