Biology seeks to challenge learners to a detailed and critical evaluation of life on both a very small scale (cellular structure and function, DNA) and on a much larger scale (ecology). Learners explore a wide variety of areas of biology and are challenged to ask deep, thoughtful questions not simply about the content itself, but about their role in the greater world. Learners participate in researched, academic debates about ecology and evolution, investigate their own familial history during the study of genetics and examine their own cells and even DNA in the lab during the units on cells and genetics. Learners explore the human body as well. Learners learn how the various body systems work together to maintain physiological homeostasis and have the opportunity to participate in two dissections in class, comparing our own anatomy to that of the organisms they examine in class. Learners apply the knowledge they gain directly to their own lives and experiences in order to translate the classroom science experience to the real world. Learners conceptualize the scientific method and employ that understanding throughout the course, developing a method of analyzing not only their data in class, but their practical experiences in their day to day lives.