This course investigates ecology, evolution, biochemistry, molecular biology, bioenergetics, cell biology, Mendelian and non-Mendelian genetics, and diversity of life. Concepts with increasing complexity and abstraction will be tackled. Students should expect to handle large amounts of material and must be able to articulate their knowledge clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. Lab experiments will regularly be conducted in class, followed by assigned lab reports. Students should be able to apply algebraic skills and statistical analyses to their data. Students may be assigned technical and complex supplemental readings, in addition to readings from the textbook. This course is the required prerequisite course for IB Biology SL, IB Biology HL, and AP Biology; exceptions to this must be approved by the department.
The first mod of this course (which is the same as the first mod of Intensive Biology) focuses on Evolution and Ecology; the second focuses on Cell Biology and Biochemistry, and the third mod focuses on Molecular Biology.
This course fulfills the biology graduation requirement.
Min-Max Credit Hours: 3.0-3.0