Science encompasses both a growing and evolving body of knowledge, but also heavily leans on scientific processes to investigate our world and the mysteries found within it. Life science, also called biology, is one branch within the sciences that studies living organisms and the processes of life. Life Science is a one-year course where student-athletes will learn about how life is interconnected from the molecular level to complex systems, and that there are many overlapping fields and subfields within life science. Studying life and its processes requires understanding and implementing scientific tools used by scientists with the goal of student-athletes making connections. Two foundational theories are accepted by the scientific community: the theory of evolution (Ashraf & Sarfraz, 2016) and cell theory (Sitte, 1992) which over the course of the year students will be introduced to through the various content.

     Ashraf, M. A., & Sarfraz, M. (2016). Biology and evolution of life science. Saudi journal of biological sciences, 23(1), S1–S5. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sjbs.2015.11.012
     Sitte, P. (1992). A Modern Concept of the “Cell Theory”: A Perspective on Competing Hypotheses of Structure. International Journal of Plant Sciences, 153(3), S1-S6. Retrieved May 6, 2021, from http://www.jstor.org/stable/2995523

Course Details

This course is Year 1 of our Science Program at BASS and is aligned with NGSS Standards for the sciences. We currently offer two courses focused on two branches of science. BASS student-athletes will learn about the complexity of life and examine and identify the interactions that occur between living organisms and our Earth. Each student-athlete will become a scientist in training through scientific inquiry and investigation. Through hands-on learning, student-athletes will comprehend life science concepts and use their scientific analytical skills to understand the broader connections of living organisms in our world. Our student-athletes will participate in cooperative learning groups during labs and will utilize the scientific method to arrive at their conclusions.

Subjects Covered

Student-athletes will learn a range of topics during the Life Science Course. These are the Units our student-athletes will cover:

  1. The Nature of Life
  2. Ecology
  3. Cells
  4. Genetics
  5. Evolution
  6. Diversity of Life


This is Course 1 of the 2 Year Program offered at BASS Education (*It is highly encouraged that students participate in the two-year Program).

Student-Athletes will be assigned the following digital textbook:
Miller, K. R., Levine, J. S., (2010). Miller & Levine Biology. Boston, MA: Pearson Prentice Hall.