This introductory course provides a survey of biology’s diverse fields of study. Topics covered include ecology, evolution, biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, Mendelian genetics, bioethics, diversity of life, human anatomy and physiology, and botany. Concepts presented in lectures are illustrated using demonstrations and experiments. Students will hone their abilities to articulate their knowledge clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. Lab reports include data collection and analysis of experimental outcomes; students should be able to apply basic algebraic skills to these analyses. Students are assigned supplemental readings, in addition to readings from the textbook.

This course fulfills the life science requirement.

Students interested in taking an IB or AP Biology course in the future should take Intensive Biology instead of this course.

Recommended for: Sophomores and juniors