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High School


Course Description:

Biology covers the topics: cell biology, genetics, ecology, evolution, and physiology. Students understand that the fundamental life processes of plants and animals depend on a variety of chemical reactions and that stability in an ecosystem is a balance between competing effects. Additionally, students learn that evolution is the result of genetic changes that occur in constantly changing environments; mutation and sexual reproduction lead to genetic variation in a population; a multicellular organism develops from a single zygote; and genes are a set of instructions encoded in the DNA sequence of each organism that specify the sequence of amino acids in proteins characteristic of that organism.

Semester 1

Unit 1: Living Systems
Life in the Earth System
Organisms: Cells to Body Systems
Mechanisms of Homeostasis

Unit 2: Chemistry in Living Systems
Chemical Bonds and Reactions
Carbon-Based Molecules

Unit 3: Matter and Energy in Living Systems
Cellular Respiration
Modeling Matter and Energy in Ecosystems
Cycling of Matter and Energy in Ecosystems

Unit 4: Ecosystems: Stability and Change
Population Dynamics
Ecosystem Dynamics

Unit 5: Cells: Stability and Change
The Cell Cycle
Mitosis and Differentiation

Semester 2

Note: if the following section is blank the course is 1 semester long

Unit 6: The Structure and Function of DNA
DNA Structure and Replication
Protein Synthesis
Gene Expression and Regulation

Unit 7: Genetics and Heredity
Mendel and Heredity
Traits and Probability
Mutations and Genetic Diversity
Genetic Engineering

Unit 8: Evidence for Evolution
Lines of Evidence for Evolution
Theory of Natural Selection

Unit 9: Patterns of Evolution
Evolution of Populations
Changes in Species
Adaptive Value of Behavior

Unit 10: Human Impacts on the Environment
Human Population Growth and the Environment
Human Impacts on Biodiversity
Engineering Solutions to Environmental Impacts

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