The Well-Oiled Machine - Biology 101

Since the dawn of civilization, humans have been fascinated with biology. Without delving into the study of plants and animals, we would not have been able to survive as a species. We needed to be able to identify certain animal species to understand which ones we could eat and what parts, as well as where to find them.

History of Biology

Upon the discovery of agriculture, this need deepened. The same can be said of plants for food and medicine, with some of the earliest records of medicine stemming all the way back to ancient China (2500 B.C.), then Mesopotamia (2112 B.C.), and Egypt (1800 B.C.).

During classical times, the study of biology flourished, with Aristotle being recorded as the first known scholar to study scientific zoology, after delving into the research of plants and marine life. Aristotle’s own student, Theophrastus, compiled a work of botanical texts in 300 BC, which is one of the earliest known texts on this subject in the western world.

Shortly after in 158 AD, the infamous Roman physicist, Galen, compiled texts he had written on surgical procedures, using knowledge he had gained from treating gladiators. This interest in biology only grew, with scholars such as Leonardo da Vinci, Leonhard Fuchs, Robert Hooke, Georges Cuvier, Charles Darwin and many other important historical figures keeping the candle of biological discovery burning.

Biology Today

These days, we know so much about biology, which means that studying this fascinating subject consists more of learning what we already know on the topic, rather than experimenting and starting from scratch. Even so, there is still so much room for expansion and innovation in this field. We are only just beginning to understand a little about how the human brain functions, for instance; however, we have advanced so much in this genre over the last half a century, that we can soon expect to see biological and technological developments that would have been considered unfathomable just a short while ago!

  1. Modern Biology – Freedom to Study

The most advantageous aspect of studying in this field in modern times is the ease of which we are able to do so. We no longer have to worry about punitive measures passed down by church or law and we certainly don’t need to pay urchins to exhume fresh corpses under the cover of darkness, like many before us were forced to do! All you need to do these days is find an appropriate course online, sign up and start studying!

  1. Human Anatomy and Physiology

Regardless of which field of biology you’d like to pursue, there’s no doubt that human anatomy and physiology is one of the most interesting. In a human anatomy and physiology course, you’ll not only learn of the basics – such as the skeletal, muscular, central nervous, digestive and respiratory systems, to name a few – but you’ll also learn how these vital systems work synchronously on a microscopic /cellular level. You’ll gain an understanding of how these aspects function and how to identify problems that can occur within the human body, allowing you to go on and study specialty sciences, such as nursing, dietetics, pharmaceuticals, lab science, physical therapies and other fields.

  1. The Different Fields of Biology

If you’d prefer a broader study of biology, an introduction course is a great place to start. In these courses, you’ll study the origin, evolution, structure, function, growth and distribution of living organisms. You’ll touch on the primary ‘umbrella’ of fields, such as biochemistry, botany, cellular biology, ecology, evolutionary biology, genetics, molecular biology, physiology and zoology, as well as each field’s individual branches.

Regardless of which field you’d like to study in, you’ll be following in the footsteps of some serious heavyweights and maybe, just maybe, you’ll be able to make your own footprints into the history of the fascinating world of biology.

The CFS Team
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