Students pursue a more advanced and specialized study of biology topics. Students conduct standard first year college-level laboratory research as well as analyze and interpret biological data. Students engage in authentic science practices and examine biology content within four big ideas: 1) the process of evolution drives the diversity of life, 2) biological systems utilize energy and molecular building blocks to grow, reproduce and maintain homeostasis, 3) living systems retrieve, transmit, and respond to information essential to life processes, and 4) biological systems interact, and these interactions possess complex properties. If dissections are part of the laboratory experience, alternatives are available. Students are encouraged to take the associated Advanced Placement exam and may earn college credit if a qualifying score is achieved.