Full-year course. This course will provide a thorough survey of basic biological principles and topics including but not limited to biochemistry, cell structure and function, heredity, molecular genetics, evolutionary theory, organism diversity, and ecology. The class is structured in the manner of a "flipped" classroom, in which students will watch a video and read material from the textbook to prepare them for a class meeting focused on discussion and mastery of the material. Upon completion of this course, successful students will have a mastery of introductory concepts and principles of biology as well as an ability to think scientifically. Students will become more adept at applying their knowledge of biology and the scientific method to real scenarios, interpreting data and the results of scientific investigations, and thoughtfully engaging in scientific discourse.