Introduction and Purpose
The course will involve moderately detailed study of living systems, including but not limited to members of the plant, animal, and protest kingdoms, among others. Most concepts will fit into a framework which reflects six primary characteristics of living things: homeostasis, reproduction/heredity, energy & organization, evolution, growth & development, and interaction. Various instructional methods (video, discussion, lecture, hands-on activities, labs, student projects, etc.) will be employed, with cooperative learning being imperative to group activities. Students are also encouraged to keep a notebook and develop their note-taking skills during this course.