This course is designed to be the student’s first high school science course. Typically, we recommend that the student take this course during the same year that he or she is taking Algebra 1. This Biology class is a college-prep biology course that provides a detailed introduction to the methods and concepts of general biology. With a strong emphasis on the vocabulary of biology, the course provides the student with a strong background in the scientific method, the five-kingdom classification scheme, microscopy, biochemistry, cellular biology, molecular and Mendelian genetics, evolution, dissection, and ecosystems. Please note that this course does not contain a discussion of human anatomy and physiology. (Most college biology professors do not consider human anatomy and physiology to be a part of a solid, college-prep biology course.) Anatomy is such a detailed subject that it merits an entire course.