Biology at ISM is designed to meet three broad goals: 

  1. To provide students with a useful orientation to themselves and their living world, such that they might make better decisions as individuals and as citizens;
  2. To promote understanding of science as a process by engaging students directly in that process, and
  3. To develop students’ background knowledge and science skills to provide a solid background for more advanced science coursework in high school and college.

Science process skills emphasized in Biology include logical reasoning, isolating variables, making predictions, developing and testing hypotheses, using data to support or refute explanations, and discussing experimental results in terms of strengths, weaknesses, and reliability. Students will apply and develop these skills throughout the course, and will demonstrate their competence in three major projects in which students design and carry out a correlational study (Term 1), a controlled experiment (Term 2), and a field study (Term 3).

 Major units include biochemistry, cell biology, photosynthesis & respiration, genetics, DNA and the genetic code, the history of life, evolution, human anatomy and physiology, animal behavior, and ecology.

Prerequisite: Life Science or ELL Biology