Biology is a yearlong course which fulfills a lab science requirement for graduation and university entrance. Biology provides a knowledge base that helps students understand the nature of life, and prepares them to make informed decisions about health, medicine, genetics, and the environment. There is an emphasis on problem solving and using scientific inquiry.

For optimal success in this course, it is recommended that students be proficient in lab technique, grade level reading, and graphing.

Students will be actively engaged in learning and experiencing the following:

  • Biochemistry
  • Cellular biology; respiration, reproduction, use of matter and energy
  • Classification and relationship among organisms
  • Ecology, ecosystems and human impact on the biosphere and population
  • Evolution with speciation, natural selection, adaptation and diversity
  • Genetics to include molecular genetics, genetic regulation of life processes and genetic engineering
  • Plant systems physiology and anatomy; photosynthesis

Note: This course fulfills college prep requirements as outlined by the Higher Education Board of the State of Washington (HEC Board) as a lab-based science course.