Biology has become too massive to memorize factoids the way you were encouraged to in traditional biology courses. This book is organized around the 5 Big Ideas of biology: Information, Evolution, Cells, Emergent Properties and Homeostasis - core concepts around which biological knowledge is built. Each Big Idea is examined at five levels of biological hierarchy. We have re-envisioned the introductory biology teaching and learning experience with a book that emphasizes concepts and the core competencies of critical thinking, quantitative reasoning, and data interpretation.
The five big ideas and five levels of the biological hierarchy