BIOL 204 is a preparatory course in general biology and the first of two introductory biology courses that will prepare students for most second-year biology courses. This course is designed for home study, supplemented with home labs. Topics covered include chemical basis of life, cell structure, biological membranes, cellular structure, cellular metabolism, photosynthesis, cell reproduction, principles of heredity, molecular genetics, genetics of development, natural selection, population genetics, speciation, and evolution.