Students will demonstrate basic literacy in the language of science and an understanding of the foundational theories of biology (i.e., be able to formulate appropriate hypotheses and predictions to test specific biological phenomena and use appropriate vocabulary to do so)
o Atomic Molecular Theory
o Cell Theory
o Theories of Photosynthesis, Fermentation, and Cellular Respiration
o Cell Division and Meiotic Theories
o Chromosomal and Mendelian Theories of Inheritance
o Watson and Crick's Theory of DNA Structure and Replication
o Protein Synthesis Theory
o Darwin's Theory of Natural Selection
o Hardy-Weinberg Theory
o Ecosystem Theory
o Population Growth Theory
o Competitive Exclusion and Behavioral Theory
Scientific Process Skills
Students will demonstrate an understanding of the basic scientific principles which undergird the scientific process, including the strengths and weaknesses of this process.
Students will appreciate the excitement of discovery that has accompanied important scientific developments.
Students will demonstrate how scientific methodology can be used to analyze real-world science-related problems.
Students will be able to evaluate scientific data and claims in order to make rational decisions on public-policy science issues that affect their community.
Students will be able to express their thoughts (in oral, graphical, and written formats) on scientific topics clearly, including appropriate use of basic scientific vocabulary and effective interpretation of quantitative data.
Science and Religion
Students will be able to reflect rationally upon the interface between science and religion.
Students will demonstrate sound scientific reasoning ability.