Grade 9 - 1 unit / advanced grade points
Prerequisite: Matched ACC program entry criteria
This accelerated course covers the same subject matter as Biology with greater pace, depth, and complexity of content. Students are provided a more comprehensive, analytical study of biological processes, with increased emphasis on advanced-level group projects, research, critical thinking, and problem-solving activities. Biology requires students to conduct environmentally appropriate and ethical field and laboratory investigations and make informed decisions using scientific inquiry, critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making. Concept strands include the following topics: Metabolic Processes and Energy Transfers; Homeostasis; Living Systems within Living Systems; Cells as the Basic Structures of Life; Properties and Functions of Viruses; Growth and Development of Cells, Tissues, and Organs; Interdependence and Interaction of Ecosystems; Plants in the Environment; Nucleic Acids and Genetics; Biological Evolution; and Applications and Limitations of Taxonomy. One credit of Biology is required for graduation.