An introductory level course designed to enable students to explore basic biological concepts. Students focus on concepts that are shared by all living things such as cell structure, biochemical make-up, and inheritance. As students move into the second semester, the focus is on the diversity of life as they classify the many different species of living organisms into kingdoms and other classification categories. Students finish the year with a unit on ecology that relates the interdependence of living organisms with each other and with their environment.