Characteristics of Life and Systems. What is Biology?. Bio = life Ology = the study of So biology is the study of life. What is Life? There are 8 characteristics:. 1. Cellular Organization: The cell is the most basic and smallest unit capable of all life functions.
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1. Cellular Organization: The cell is the most basic and smallest unit capable of all life functions.
*this is why viruses are not considered alive!
Unicellular: Entire organism composed of only one cell.
Multicellular: Organism composed of more than one cell.
Both of these humans live in vastly different environments and have similar internal body temperatures and conditions.
Ability to make copies of themselves.
Heredity: Ability to pass one’s characteristics (or genes) to their offspring.
Below is the growth of a nerve cell.