Course Description

The plant and animal kingdoms may not be the majority of life on Earth, but they are the most interesting for humans. This course focuses on the comparative anatomy and physiology of multicellular organisms. The study of plants and animals, respectively called botany and zoology, gives an idea of the diversity of life on the planet. The diversity of living forms staggers the mind. However, there are patterns in the diversity that make biology comprehensible. For example, all multicellular organisms use the same basic organizational plan of cells, tissues, and organs, though each species develops the plan to accommodate its particular niche. This course provides an overview of the patterns that are used by plants and animals to grow, reproduce, and adapt. The three major topics are plants, invertebrate animals, and the vertebrates. The student will soon recognize that the basic solutions to life's challenges are solved in predictable ways by the various groups of multicellular organisms, and begin to see consistencies between the flora and fauna of this planet. This course is designed to prepare students for further studies in biology and environmental science.

Major Concepts


Grade Level


1 Semester

Biology or Honors Biology

Technology Skills