Biology is the study of the fascinating diversity of life. Investigation of biological systems and their interactions, from the cellular level to ecosystem dynamics, has led to biological knowledge and understanding that enable us to explore and explain everyday observations, find solutions to biological issues, and understand the processes of biological continuity and change over time.
Living systems are all interconnected and interact. These interactions are evident from the molecular level through the ecosystem level. Investigation of living systems involves classification of key components and analysis of how these interact, particularly with regard to the movement of matter and the transfer and transformation of energy. Students will analyse the ways living systems change over time, develop an understanding of the factors that impact them and investigate how organisms respond to internal and external changes within their environment. The theory of evolution by natural selection is critical to explaining biology and it will be studied in this course.
To understand, address and successfully manage environmental, health and sustainability challenges we need an understanding of biology. Issues addressed include bio-security, resilience of ecosystems, the health and well-being of organisms and their populations, and the sustainability of biological resources. Students will use their understanding of the interconnectedness of biological systems when evaluating human impacts. Students will also propose strategies to address biological challenges now and in the future at the local, national and global levels.
Studying the Biology ATAR course provides students with skills and understandings that are valuable to a wide range of pathways and careers including medical, veterinary, food and marine sciences, agriculture, biotechnology, environmental rehabilitation, biosecurity, quarantine, conservation and eco-tourism. This course will also provide a foundation for those wanting to develop their application and critical thinking skills.