This introductory course will move at a pace and depth more typical of AP and IB Biology classes, covering at least 25 chapters in the textbook. Topics covered include ecology, evolution, biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, Mendelian and non-Mendelian genetics, bioethics, microbiology, diversity of life, human anatomy and physiology, and botany. Concepts with increasing complexity and abstraction will be tackled (for example, photosynthesis and cellular respiration pathways). Students should expect to handle large amounts of material and to spend considerable time studying outside of class. Students in this class must be able to articulate their knowledge clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. Lab experiments will regularly be conducted in class, with an occasional required evening lab (one per term). Lab reports include data collection and in-depth analyses of experimental results; students should be able to apply algebraic skills and statistical analyses to their data. Some laboratories will be administered and assessed according to IB criteria. Students are frequently assigned technical and complex supplemental readings, in addition to readings from the textbook. No summer work is required for this course. 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.
This course fulfills the life science requirement.
Recommended for: Sophomores and juniors