Biology is the scientific exploration of the vast and diverse world of living organisms; an exploration that has expanded enormously within the last four decades revealing a wealth of knowledge about ourselves and about the millions of other organisms with whom we share this planet. The world is literally being "turned on its ear" by the recent advances through research in the biological sciences. Today, biological research around the world spans an almost infinite spectrum of studies from molecules to ecosystems.
The full range of topics covered in the biological sciences includes some of the most important aspects that affect human life on Earth. For example, the development and use of modern medicine has as its foundation the understanding of cell structure and microbiology as well as the function of tissues, organs and organ systems of the human body. In addition, a good classification system is essential for modern medicine. Physicians and medical researchers must know exactly what organism is causing a given disease. We live immersed in a world of bacteria. There are more bacteria on and in a person than the trillions of cells in the human body. Even so, humans have evolved a highly successful immune system that usually prevents successful bacterial invasions. By understanding the mechanisms of this immune system, health care workers are better able to advise the general public on cures for diseases as well as preventative health care measures.
The Community College of Aurora (CCA) provides a wonderful opportunity to study biology. Courses such as General Biology I (BIO 111) and Biology for non-majors (BIO 105) are designed to introduce students to the complexities of cell structure and function in plants and animals. General Biology II (BIO 112) exposes students to the more inclusive concepts of ecology and evolution, and how people fit into the world of life as part of the earth's ecosystems. Anatomy and Physiology courses (BIO 106, 201, and 202) help students become aware of the normal structure and function of the human body, as well as current issues in health care. Microbiology (BIO 204) allows students to delve into the microscopic world of a wide variety of bacteria and other microorganisms. CCA has also committed to increasing student awareness of the world around us by offering Special Topics courses (BIO 275) in Ecological Monitoring and Conservation Biology that take students to exciting places such as Costa Rica. For more info, contact Martha.Jackson-Carter@CCAurora.edu