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Biology 1,2 (P) (6111, 6112)


Grade Range:
 9–12
 Prerequisites:
 None
 Course duration:
 Two semesters
Subject area in which graduation credit will be given:
 Science
 UC subject area satisfied:
 d - Laboratory Science
Course Description:
 This introductory course is designed to meet college entrance requirements and prepare students for the worlds of school, work, and citizenship. The course is aligned to NGSS, integrating Disciplinary Core Ideas from Life Science and Earth and Space Science, Crosscutting Concepts and Science and Engineering Practices. It builds on physical science concepts, and emphasizes mechanisms for the functioning and continuity of the biosphere and examines it interacts with each of the other Earth systems. Unifying themes of biology are stressed (evolution, homeostasis, energy, matter and organization, continuity, development, and ecology) and the application and relevance of biology to students’ lives and to society. Inquiry and the nature of science are important content elements.

Laboratory activities have clearly labeled safety precautions and hazardous waste disposal procedures.

Basic Texts and Teaching Guides:
 BSCS Biology: A Human Approach, Kendall/Hunt, 2003.

Supplemental Resources
Science Safety Handbook for California Public Schools, California Department of Education, 2014.