KS.3. Life Science: The student will develop an understanding of the cell, molecular basis of heredity, biological evolution, interdependence of organisms, matter, energy, and organization in living systems, and the behavior of organisms.
3.3. The student will understand biological evolution.
3.3.1. The student understands biological evolution, descent with modification, is a scientific explanation for the history of the diversification of organisms from common ancestors.
3.3.2. The student understands populations of organisms may adapt to environmental challenges and changes as a result of natural selection, genetic drift, and various mechanisms of genetic change.
3.3.4. The student understands organisms vary widely within and between populations. Variation allows for natural selection to occur.
3.3.5. The student understands the primary mechanism acting on variation is natural selection.
3.3.6. The student understands biological evolution is used as a broad, unifying theoretical framework for biology
3.4. The student will understand the interdependence of organisms and their interaction with the physical environment.
3.4.4. The student understands organisms cooperate and compete in complex, interdependent relationships