Course title




Course description

The course is designed to provide information regarding the fundamental concepts of life and life processes. This course includes; but is not restricted to; such topics as cell structure and function; general plant and animal physiology; genetics; and taxonomy. This course satisfies a lab credit for graduation requirements.

Subject Area

Life and Physical Sciences

State Course Code



Two Semesters

Total Hours


Learning Goals

Students who demonstrate understanding can:

  1. From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
    1. Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the structure of DNA determines the structure of proteins which carry out the essential functions of life through systems of specialized cells.
    2. Develop and use a model to illustrate the hierarchical organization of interacting systems that provide specific functions within multicellular organisms. † † † ††
    3. Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence that feedback mechanisms maintain homeostasis. † † † ††
    4. Use a model to illustrate the role of cellular division (mitosis) and differentiation in producing and maintaining complex organisms.
    5. Use a model to illustrate how photosynthesis transforms light energy into stored chemical energy. † † † ††
    6. Construct and revise an explanation based on evidence for how carbon; hydrogen; and oxygen from sugar molecules may combine with other elements to form amino acids and/or other large carbon-based molecules. † † † ††
    7. Use a model to illustrate that cellular respiration is a chemical process whereby the bonds of food molecules and oxygen molecules are broken and the bonds in new compounds are formed resulting in a net transfer of energy. †
  2. Ecosystems: Interactions; Energy; and Dynamics
    1. Use mathematical and/or computational representations to support explanations of factors that affect carrying capacity of ecosystems at different scales. † † † ††
    2. Use mathematical representations to support and revise explanations based on evidence about factors affecting biodiversity and populations in ecosystems of different scales. † † † ††
    3. Construct and revise an explanation based on evidence for the cycling of matter and flow of energy in aerobic and anaerobic conditions. † † † ††
    4. Use mathematical representations to support claims for the cycling of matter and flow of energy among organisms in an ecosystem. † † † ††
    5. Develop a model to illustrate the role of photosynthesis and cellular respiration in the cycling of carbon among the biosphere; atmosphere; hydrosphere; and geosphere. †
    6. Evaluate the claims; evidence; and reasoning that the complex interactions in ecosystems maintain relatively consistent numbers and types of organisms in stable conditions; but changing conditions may result in a new ecosystem. † † † ††
    7. Design; evaluate; and refine a solution for reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment and biodiversity. † † † ††
  3. Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits
    1. Ask questions to clarify relationships about the role of DNA and chromosomes in coding the instructions for characteristic traits passed from parents to offspring.
    2. Make and defend a claim based on evidence that inheritable genetic variations may result from: (1) new genetic combinations through meiosis; (2) viable errors occurring during replication; and/or (3) mutations caused by environmental factors. †
    3. Apply concepts of statistics and probability to explain the variation and distribution of expressed traits in a population. † † † ††
  4. Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
    1. Communicate scientific information that common ancestry and biological evolution are supported by multiple lines of empirical evidence. Emphasis is on a conceptual understanding of the role each line of evidence has relating to common ancestry and biological evolution. † † † ††
    2. Construct an explanation based on evidence that the process of evolution primarily results from four factors: (1) the potential for a species to increase in number; (2) the heritable genetic variation of individuals in a species due to mutation and sexual reproduction; (3) competition for limited resources; and (4) the proliferation of those organisms that are better able to survive and reproduce in the environment. †
    3. Apply concepts of statistics and probability to support explanations that organisms with an advantageous heritable trait tend to increase in proportion to organisms lacking this trait. † † † ††
    4. Construct an explanation based on evidence for how natural selection leads to adaptation of populations. † † † ††
    5. Evaluate the evidence supporting claims that changes in environmental conditions may result in: (1) increases in the number of individuals of some species; (2) the emergence of new species over time; and (3) the extinction of other species. † † † ††
    6. Create or revise a simulation to test a solution to mitigate adverse impacts of human activity on biodiversity.

This course guides students through the study of living and non-living systems and how they interact with one another. Students explore the world they live in by posing questions and seeking answers through scientific inquiry. Discovery takes place through observation and data collection. The students will be introduced to the structure; function; diversity; and evolution of living matter. This is a course with real relevance. It encourages curiosity and provides an opportunity for students to work on hands-on lab activities and develop relationships through collaboratively learning. Engaging in the study of biological science broadens the picture of the world around us.

Delivery Method



Module 01 Foundations of Biology


Module 01 Foundations of BiologyModule 02 Life's Origins


Module 02 Life's Origins


Module 03 Cell Reproduction


Module 03 Cell Reproduction


Module 04 Earth's Diversity


Module 04 Earth's DiversityModule 05 Scientific Connections


Module 05 Scientific ConnectionsModule 06 Classification and Diversity


Module 06 Classification and DiversityModule 07 Human Body Systems


Module 07 Human Body Systems

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School country

United States

School state


School city

Kettle Falls

High school

Columbia Virtual Academy

School / district Address

325 East 3rd Ave., Suite C P.O. Box 458

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Requested competency code

Lab Science

Date submitted



Deferred date

Deferred Reason

Please provide details about the hands on labs performed in this course.

Online / Virtual