The International Baccalaureate Biology course is a two-year class taken in the junior and senior year as a Standard Level (SL) or as a Higher Level (HL) course. IB Biology 1 is the first of the two years. It is designed to expand on the basic knowledge of biology and prepare the student for further study of pure and applied sciences in higher education. The IB course is designed to help the student develop the ability to critically analyze scientific literature and to develop manipulative and experimental skills necessary to perform college level scientific investigations. Topics include cellular biology, ecology, biochemistry, genetics and genetic engineering, evolution, and human health and physiology. An IB exam is taken at the end of IB biology 2. Students designate which exam they plan to take, SL or HL. Students will be prepared for both. The IB International Assessment for this course includes formal lab reports and participation in the IB Group 4 Project. Plan for extensive outside class reading and study. Summer assignments may be required.