Big Idea: Emergent Properties of Molecules and Cells

Examine Emergent Properties at the molecular, cellular and organismal levels.

This Big Idea is that interdependent relationships characterize biological systems, and these interactions give rise to emergent properties.

Main themes to integrate throughout this Big Idea are:

  • Biological systems require resources, which results in competition or cooperation.
  • Biological systems exceed the sum of their parts.
  • Randomness within a biological system provides flexibility of response.