Concepts Of Biology: The student will demonstrate the ability to use scientific skills and processes (Core Learning Goal 1) and major biological concepts to explain the uniqueness and interdependence of living organisms, their interactions with the environment, and the continuation of life on earth.
The student will be able to explain the correlation between the structure and function of biologically important molecules and their relationship to cell processes.
The student will be able to describe the unique characteristics of chemical substances and macromolecules utilized by living systems.
The student will analyze how traits are inherited and passed on from one generation to another.
The student will illustrate and explain how expressed traits are passed from parent to offspring.
The student will explain how a genetic trait is determined by the code in a DNA molecule.
The student will interpret how the effects of DNA alteration can be beneficial or harmful to the individual, society, and/or the environment.
The student will explain the mechanism of evolutionary change.
The student will explain how new traits may result from new combinations of existing genes or from mutations of genes in reproductive cells within a population.