In this course, the characteristics and cycles of living organisms are studied. It also includes the structure and function of biologically important molecules, processes and the functions of related structures in unicellular and multicellular organisms, how traits are inherited and passed on from one generation to another, and the mechanism of evolutionary change. Emphasis is placed on the analysis of scientific processes and oral and written descriptions of these processes. Projects, reports, and readings of current scientific literature are required. This course is the first course in the high school science sequence and must be taken in the 9th grade.