What is life? These classes will explore the living world around us and connections between light and life - how the energy we receive from the sun supports all life on earth. The course will also support the monastic graduates capacity to engage biological sciences, namely neuroscience. By providing a basic foundation of biology and chemistry needed to understand fundamental principles of cell biology, the course will address the question, what is a cell? (1) Beginning with the concept of atoms, chemical bonds, and molecules. (2) Structure of a cell, focusing on membrane structure (phospholipid bilayers), how do cells stay together? (3) Genetics, DNA – the code the cell needs to build itself, stability of information that passed on from one cell to the next, how do cells replicate? (4) Cell function – what do different cells do?