Life Science is an introductory-level course designed to enable students to explore basic biological concepts in a laboratory setting. This course is designed to emphasize a greater understanding of change, cycles, patterns, and relationships in the living world. Students are introduced to fundamental principles related to these concepts by exploring cellular structure, function, and classification, the relationship among organisms, populations, communities, and ecosystems, and change as a productive of the transmission of genetic information passed on through reproduction among successive generations. Emphasis is placed on the ideology that these principles and explanations of the living world are developed and tested using observation, experimentation, models, evidence, and systematic processes based on logical thinking. Inquiry skills at this level include organization and mathematical analysis of data, manipulation of variables in experiments, and identification of sources of experimental error.