Prerequisite: Chemistry I and Biology I with a minimum grade of B+

Biology II explores major topics in a depth that is equivalent to a first-year introductory Biology course for majors at the college level. Primary emphasis is placed on the development of concepts rather than on the memorization of facts, and students are encouraged to develop an understanding of, and appreciation for, science as a process. This will be accomplished through mastery of a series of key science practices. Many student-designed, long-term laboratory investigations will be undertaken, and there will be a heavy emphasis on the application of knowledge, data analysis, and authentic scientific inquiry. Content is organized into thematic units that explore evolution, energetic processes, information flow, molecular inheritance, biological systems, and homeostasis.

Upon the completion of this course, students may elect to take the corresponding College Board standardized test.