Prerequisites: Teacher Approval

Grades: 9

Credit: 10 Credits; Weighted Course*(Grade C or lower will not be weighted)

Biology is a course that takes a molecular and scientific inquiry approach to facilitate the understanding of the fundamental concepts and processes of biology. Topics covered are based on six themes: the nature of science, systems and interactions, form and function, energy transfer, evolution and the diversity of life. In comparison to the introductory biology course, the curriculum is taught at an accelerated pace and in greater depth. Included in the study of molecular genetics will be a reading of The Double Helix by James Watson. One or two major essays will be written about the book for a major grade.