Biology introduces students to the study of living things. Students learn about ecology, the basic chemistry of life, cellular processes, genetics, evolutionary theory, the major kingdoms and phyla of organisms, and the various biological systems of the human body. There is an alternate unit on contemporary issues in biology for those students whose religious beliefs preclude studying the unit on evolution. Activities are included to introduce students to various topics and to expand their understanding and experience of what is being discussed in the written course materials. For an additional fee, students may receive a laboratory kit and manual to perform and report experiments in conjunction with the exams submitted.
There are 10 examinations in Biology. Students will choose to do Unit 10A: Contemporary Issues in Biology or Unit 10B: History of Biological Diversity (including evolution). Biggs, Alton et al., Biology: The Dynamics of Life, Glencoe/McGraw-Hill.