This course is designed according to the guidelines set by the College Board, and strives to be the equivalent of a college introductory biology course usually taken by biology majors during their first year of college. Students cultivate their understanding of biology through inquiry-based investigations as they explore the following topics: evolution, cellular processes, energy, communication, genetics, information transfer, ecology, and interactions. Whenever possible, topics under study are related to science in the news in order to demonstrate the practical importance of biology to society and the concept that biology is a constantly growing field. This course requires two class periods and meets six class periods per six-day cycle. Biology, Biology Honors, and AP® Chemistry are prerequisites for this class. Students may take this course with departmental approval. (Full year, 1 credit)