Course title

Biology 1 - Virtual



Course description

The academic standards and performance indicators establish the practices and core content forall Biology courses in South Carolina high schools. The core ideas within the standards are notmeant to represent an equal division of material and concepts. Therefore; the number ofindicators per core idea should not be expected to be equal; nor should equal numbers ofperformance indicators within each standard be expected.The five core areas of the Biology 1 course standards include:? Cells as a System? Energy Transfer? Heredity ? Inheritance and Variation of Traits? Biological Evolution ? Unity and Diversity? Ecosystem DynamicsThe eight science and engineering practices describe how students should learn and demonstrateknowledge of the content outlined in the content standards. Engaging in these practices will helpstudents become scientifically literate and astute consumers of scientific information. The sevencore concepts (patterns; cause and effect; scale; proportion; and quantity; systems and systemmodels; energy and matter; structure and function; and stability and change) are reinforced in theappropriate context of the core science content through hands-on instruction in the classroom.Students should engage in scientific and engineering practices as a means to learn about thespecific topics identified for the course. It is critical that educators understand the Science andEngineering Practices are not to be taught in isolation. There should not be a distinct ?Inquiry?unit at the beginning of each school year. Rather; the practices need to be employed within thecontent for each grade level.Teachers; schools; and districts should use these standards and indicators to make decisionsconcerning the structure and content of Biology 1 courses. All biology courses must includeinstruction in the practices of science and engineering; allowing students to engage in problemsolving; decision making; critical thinking; and applied learning. All biology courses arelaboratory courses requiring a minimum of 30% hands-on investigation. Biology laboratorieswill need to be stocked with the materials and equipment necessary to complete investigations.The academic standards and performance indicators for Biology 1 should be the basis for thedevelopment of classroom and course-level assessments. In addition; the academic standards andperformance indicators for Biology 1 will be the basis for the development of the items on thestate required End-of-Course Examination Program (EOCEP) for Biology 1.

School country

United States

School state

South Carolina

School city


High school

South Carolina Virtual Charter School

School / district Address

2023 Platt Springs Rd

School zip code


Requested competency code

Lab Science

Date submitted



Approved competency code

  • LBIO
  • Biology

Approved date

Online / Virtual