Description of the Course: The first year of biology is designed to facilitate an understanding of the patterns and interrelationships of the natural world. During the first quarter, emphasis will be on scientific methodology and the structure and function of cells. We will also cover a unit on ecology and the role of humans in our environment. The second quarter’s content includes the energy processes of life and its continuance through DNA. The second semester starts with a quick survey of genetics followed by the process of evolution. The rest of the year is an in depth study of human anatomy and physiology. Many topics are supported by related laboratory investigations or activities that illustrate the topic we are studying. In addition to these core aspects of biology, the class will spend time developing group work skills, technology skills and exploring the moral/ethical side of science. The regular biology class will be slightly broader and cover a few less topics than an accelerated biology class would cover.