A copy of the summer pre-work assignment can be found on your class Edmodo.
Follow all the directions and if you have any questions feel free to contact me.
The units are organized around biological principles called big ideas that permeate the entire course and focus on the following topics:
Big Idea 1: The process of evolution drives the diversity and unity of life.
Big Idea 2: Biological systems utilize free energy and molecular building blocks to grow, to reproduce, and to maintain dynamic homeostasis.
Big Idea 3: Living systems store, retrieve, transmit, and respond to information essential to life processes.
Big Idea 4: Biological systems interact, and these systems and their interactions possess complex properties.
Of these big ideas, evolution will emerge as the primary, overarching theme that unites all biological concepts. The discussion of evolution and the use of the terms evolution and “change over time” are introduced early on in our discussions as we discuss and construct the tree of life. Evolution is examined again during our exploration of prokaryotes and eukaryotes when we discuss the theory of endosymbiosis. The concept of evolution and change over time is interwoven into every subsequent unit and expanded upon in our evolution unit prior to examining animal and plant physiology.