As you might have already guessed, General Biology includes a number of sub-fields of research, such as Zoology, Botany, Ecology, Parasitology, Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Most scientists will have at least some knowledge of a few of the sub-fields within the general category. As you might be able to tell from these sub-fields, there are several different ways that people describe the world. If you can describe the world in the most general terms possible, then you can probably use that same description for a number of other sub-fields.
In the simplest sense, General Biology covers all living things, or all life that exists in the physical world. But we must be careful not to lump all life into that category. That would include plants. Plants, while they do exist in the physical world, do not actually make up all of the living things on the planet. They’re just one part of the whole picture, which is the part that’s known as the physical world.
All living organisms contain the carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, sulfur, phosphate, and other compounds that make up everything in their cells. Those compounds combine to form the energy, which is used to convert the energy into biological processes and movements of matter. It’s important to remember that biological reactions work by breaking molecules down into smaller parts, or molecules, until they can be broken down into even smaller parts. And when they break down, the new molecules have to be put together in specific ways. And if we’re not sure about how to do that, it’s usually a good idea to look elsewhere for guidance.
We might be able to explain all that is going on inside an organism, but there might be something else going on with it at the same time. An organism may have its own metabolism, which is a group of chemical reactions that occur inside of an organism. Or it may have a central nervous system. It can even have a nervous system that’s a part of the body, or a separate organ. And an organism can have muscles. And it can have an immune system, but an organ to keep those functions in check.
So the next time you hear the term General Biology, you’ll know that it’s not limited to all of the science related to an organism alone. We need to include everything. But you may not be sure what the word encompasses. That’s okay too. You don’t have to learn all of that, though.
Just take some time to learn a little more about General Biology, like what it means, what it covers, and what else it includes. If you can’t find out anything more than that, you might find that you can’t really describe everything in the field that you’ve been studying. But you might be able to learn a lot more, at least enough to get started in a related sub-field. Once you have that basic knowledge, you may be able to expand your knowledge of General Biology, to include the many sub-fields that make up that discipline, or even to write your own article about it.
There’s an interesting way to expand your knowledge about a subject, which is to look up the word online. You can look up the definition for each word, or term that you’re looking at, or at least the meaning of the word, if you’re uncertain, to find out what the original meaning is.