Upon completion of the course, students will be able to do the following:
1. Recognize and identify the various levels in the hierarchy of life and the variety of living organisms and their characteristics.
2. Be able to list characteristics which distinguish living systems from non-living systems in nature.
3. Explain and demonstrate the scientific method.
4. Identify basic atomic chemical structures to include recognition of the properties of inorganic and organic molecules.
5. Recognize and describe cell structures to include recognition of the properties of inorganic and organic molecules.
6. Explain basic energy laws (as they pertain to living systems), metabolic pathways, and photosynthesis.
7. Identify and describe DNA/RNA structures, functions, and replication.
8. Demonstrate factual knowledge of human inheritance to include the process of crossing over during meiosis, dominant and recessive alleles, sex chromosomes, and inheritance of sex linked traits.
9. Describe basic Mendelian genetics, cloning and evolutionary principles and be able to formulate and compute Punnett squares.
10. Describe man’s major organ systems and functions and physiology as related to flight.
11. Recognize and explain the characteristics of populations, limiting factors, humanpopulations, and community interactions.
12. Describe the morphology and chemical make- up of the HIV virus and the effect that HIV infection has on the human immune system.