11th - 12th Grade
Credit - 1/2
Prerequisite: Biology (or concurrent enrollment in the second semester of Biology), or departmental approval.
Evolution is a course of study that explores the nature of change on the universal, planetary, and population levels. The broad theme of the class is that the laws of nature have shaped the development of the cosmos, the formation of the Earth, its geologic processes, and the organisms that inhabit it. We will investigate this theme by exploring the Big Bang, rock formation, the fossil record, relative and absolute dating techniques, plate tectonics, and population genetics. We will also examine the paleontological evidence for the progression of life forms, from the first cells to modern-day plants and animals, including humans.
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