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 compare the transfer and use of matter and energy in photosynthetic and non-photosynthetic organisms.
The student will investigate the interdependence of diverse living organisms and their interactions with the components of the biosphere.
The student will analyze the interrelationships and interdependencies among different organisms and explain how these relationships contribute to the stability of the ecosystem.
The student will illustrate how all organisms are part of and depend on two major global food webs that are positively or negatively influenced by human activity and technology.
Environmental Science: The student will demonstrate the ability to use the scientific skills and processes (Core Learning Goal 1) and major environmental science concepts to understand interrelationships of the natural world and to analyze environmental issues and their solutions.
The student will investigate the interdependence of organisms within their biotic environment.
The student will explain how organisms are linked by the transfer and transformation of matter and energy at the ecosystem level (At least - Photosynthesis/respiration; Producers, consumers, decomposers; Trophic levels; Pyramid of energy/pyramid of biomass).