Examines the major lineage of life on Earth. Overview of evolutionary principles and classification; the history of life; and the key adaptations of prokaryotes; protists; fungi; plants; and animals. Laboratories survey the diversity of biological form and function; and introduce the students to data collection and scientific writing. Prerequisite: Biology 30 Note: BIOL 217 is not a pre-requisite for BIOL 218. Note: BIOL 217 and 218 can be taken in either order.