The Living Earth Biology is a college preparatory, lab science class aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards. In this class, students deepen their understanding of biological core ideas, building off of their experiences and prior knowledge. NGSS performance expectations are used to blend core ideas with scientific and engineering practices and crosscutting concepts, which are usable knowledge that can be applied across the science disciplines. Inquiry-driven laboratory exercises are an integral part of the curriculum. A “C” or better in both semesters earns the student one unit for the “D” requirement on the UC/CSU A-G list.