Take notes on the Core Concepts as you work through the Modules. Good notes on the Core
Concepts will help with both the Module Quizzes and the Portfolio Activities.
There are 4 main Themes in this class, divided into 14 Core Concepts.
Theme: Scientific Literacy
1. Identify, evaluate, and minimize the impact of the biases in the information
2. Explain and apply Occam’s razor and demonstrate the ability to make logical
connections between pieces of information.
3. Differentiate between of science, and parascience, pseudoscience, or
Theme: Understand the definition and processes of science
4. Explain and apply the scientific method.
5. Define and recognize examples of hypotheses, theories, natural laws, and
6. Explain the role of statistics and statistical significance in science.
7. Differentiate between scientific facts, scientific evidence, and scientific
Theme: Understand and discuss natural processes
8. Recognize and describe examples of the relationship between structure and
9. Discuss the relationships between diversity, redundancy, and stability in
10. Describe the Conservation Laws and the relationship between matter and
energy. Explain how this applies to homeostasis and metabolism or ecosystem
Theme: Understand and the definition of life and discuss life processes
11. Explain the relationship between chromosome, DNA, gene, and allele.
12. Explain genetic inheritance in terms of cell theory, semi-conservative
replication, and the central dogma.
13. Apply the terms adaptation, natural selection, and survival of the fittest
together and in the correct context.
Explain microevolution and macroevolution, and how this relates to the
classification of organisms.
Senses and Perception