Foundational concepts

Strategies for teaching the core concepts of energy and metabolism, structure and function, information storage and transfer and scientific skills, along with the underlying concepts of homeostasis and evolution.

how the core concepts relate to each other

Energy and metabolism

Energy is required by and transformed in biological systems.

Structure and function

Macromolecular structure determines function and regulation.

Information storage and transfer

Information storage and flow are dynamic and interactive.

Scientific skills

Discovery requires objective measurement, quantitative analysis and clear communication.


Underlying concept of homeostasis.


Underlying concept of evolution.