Students will acquire basic literacy in the language of science and biology as evidenced by their ability to: Explain the foundational assumptions underlying science and evaluate the strengths and limitations of science as a human endeavor. Describe basic principles and concepts of biology using appropriate vocabulary. Describe data represented textually, numerically, and graphically, and infer a conclusion from the data. Plan and perform a simple experiment, actual or simulated; draw conclusions, and; communicate the results.
Students will exercise sound scientific reasoning as evidenced by their ability to: Evaluate scientific evidence and claims at the level of a well-informed layperson in order to make rational decisions on public-policy science issues. Develop intellectual abilities and character traits of sound judgment and effective communication.
Students will accept responsibility for personal and public stewardship as evidenced by their ability to: Integrate sound scientific reasoning with reasoning and methods from other disciplines to address real-world biology-related issues and concerns. Reflect on how literacy in biology and sound scientific reasoning combine with reasoning and methods from other disciplines to increase their ability to act responsibly as stewards and citizens in their own families, communities and the world.