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Biology IB SL/HL
Chemistry 2 IB SL
Physics IB SL

Biology Course Description 

Biology is the study of life.  The vast diversity of species makes biology both an endless source of fascination and a considerable challenge.  Biologists attempt to understand the living world at all levels from the micro to the macro using many different approaches and techniques.  Biology is still a young science and great progress is expected in the 21st century.  This progress is important at a time of growing pressure on the human population and the environment.

By studying biology in the DP students should become aware of how scientists work and communicate with each other.  While the scientific method may take on a wide variety of forms, it is the emphasis on a practical approach through experimental work that characterizes the sciences.  Teachers provide students with opportunities to design investigations, collect data, develop manipulative skills, analyse results, collaborate with peers and evaluate and communicate their findings. (more)

Chemistry Course Description

Chemistry is an experimental science that combines academic study with the acquisition of practical and investigational skills.  Chemical principles underpin both the physical environment in which we live and all biological systems. Chemistry is often a prerequisite for many other courses in higher education, such as medicine, biological science and environmental science. (more)

 Physics Course Description

Physics is the most fundamental of the experimental sciences as it seeks to explain the universe itself, from the very smallest particles to the vast distances between galaxies.  Despite the exciting and extraordinary development of ideas throughout the history of physics, observations remain essential to the very core of the subject.  Models are developed to try to understand observations, and these themselves can become theories that attempt to explain the observations. (more)

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