General Biology introduces students to the living world and to the fundamental processes that control all living things. This class utilizes a standards aligned curriculum framework to encompass the essential concepts of biological science. The four major themes of the course emphasize unity or common features of all living things, diversity of the Earth’s many life forms, continuity between life in the past and present, and interaction among organisms and their environment. These themes are woven into the following topics: scientific method, chemical basis of life, cell structure and function, cell division, genetics, evolution, and ecology. Biological concepts are introduced and reinforced by active participation in laboratory experiments and simulations, computer programs, and discussions of bioethical and environmental issues. This course leads up to the Biology Keystone Exam which is required for graduation.