IB Biology HL 1/HL 2 - Leysin American School in Switzerland


Leysin American School Course Overview

IB Biology HL 1/HL 2

Course Description:

​ within the biological sciences. It covers research science and biological systems from molecular and cell biology to ecology. It offers a foundation in biological research techniques and has a particular focus on human anatomy and physiology. Topics include: 1) cell biology; 2) molecular biology; 3) genetics; 4) ecology; 5) evolution and biodiversity; 6) human physiology; 7) nucleic acids; 8) metabolism, cell respiration and photosynthesis; 9) plant biology ; 10) genetics and evolution; 11) animal physiology; 12) neurobiology; 13) biotechnology.


● ● 2 year course For the IB diploma, this course can count as a Group 4 course  

Key elements of the LAS Learner Profile

● Inquirers ● Knowledgeable ● Thinkers

After completion of this course you will be able to:

● Apply biological research techniques; ● Understand the ethical implications of research; ● Understand metabolism and the shared structure of living things; ● Understand the role of DNA and RNA in living things; ● Understand the technology and implications of biotechnology; ● Understand human anatomy and physiology; ● Make predictions based on evolutionary and genetic theory; and ● Understand environmental systems and biological relationships and human impacts on these.

You will find this course interesting because:

● Students will engage in matters of global importance; ● Students will experience the scientific process in a project-based environment, including field trips and environmental data collection; and ● Students will be exploring the function of their own bodies.

Major skills practiced in this course that you can use beyond the scope of the course are:

● ● ● ● Critical evaluation of information sources and popular/topical science; Environmental-based skills such as how humans affect the environment; Understanding how our bodies work and the effects of diet and drugs; and Understanding controversial technologies such as genetic modification, cloning, contraception, IVF, and designer babies.