This course is a 2 year course that meets the IB requirements of 240 hours of instruction.
The first year, identified as Biology SL, is
a survey of biology topics, including biochemistry, cytology, molecular
and applied genetics, organism diversity, human anatomy and health, and
ecology. In addition to mastering the content in preparation for the
required IB Biology examination, students will participate in a rigorous
practical program of laboratory activities. Students in this course
will participate in a 10-hour project with all IB science students in
addition to the regular program of practical study.
The second year, identified as Biology HL,
builds on basic biology concepts, developing a strong foundational
understanding of the nature of science. Students will learn to be the
scientist, creating, designing and implementing research that is student
led. Additionally, students will use a variety of professional-level
oral, verbal and written presentations. Topics include: cellular
biology, biochemistry, genetics, ecology, evolution and human health and
Chemistry SL (new in 2013)
IB Chemistry SL will provide a depth
of understanding of fundamentals and an appreciation of the essential
principles of chemistry. Topics addressed will be quantitative
chemistry, periodicity, kinetics and modern analytical chemistry.
Students will further develop their ability to analyze, evaluate and
synthesize scientific information.
Sports Exercise and Health Science SL (new in 2013)
Sports Exercise and Health Science SL
involves the study of science that underpins physical performance and
provides opportunity to apply these principles. This course
incorporates anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, psychology and
nutrition, which are studied in the context of sport, exercise and