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Tina Lizama

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Course Overview

    Biology is the study of life. This course is a continuation of the student’s exploration into the nature of science and the scientific method with an emphasis on life concepts. The standards for Biology are designed to provide students with a detailed understanding of living systems. Emphasis continues to be placed on the skills necessary to examine alternative scientific explanations, actively conduct controlled experiments, analyze and communicate information, and acquire and use scientific literature. The history of biological thought and the evidence that supports it are explored and provide the foundation for investigating biochemical life processes, cellular organization, mechanisms of inheritance, dynamic relationships among organisms, and the change in organisms through time. The importance of scientific research that validates or challenges ideas is emphasized at this level.

    Technology including calculators and computers will be employed where feasible. Students will understand and use safety precautions while working in the lab and working with lab equipment. In meeting the biology standards, students will be encouraged to share their ideas, use the language of biology, discuss problem-solving techniques, and communicate effectively.

Course Outline

1st Quarter:

1. The Science of Life

2. Chemistry of Life

3. Biochemistry

4. Cell Structure and Function

3rd Quarter:

1. Evolution and Population Genetics

2. Ecology

3. Diversity: Virus, Bacteria, Protist, Fungi

2nd Quarter:

1. Photosynthesis

2. Respiration

3. Genetics

4th Quarter:

1. Plants

2. Animals

3. Human Systems




Colin Perez

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Course Overview

   This course briefly reviews concepts from Environmental Science and moves on to pursue other areas in more depth. The course focuses on cell biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, genetics, evolution, and current research.  The student will know and be able to utilize the principles of scientific investigation, while attaining specific laboratory skills.  The student will investigate and learn about life at the molecular level and up to the level of organisms.  

Course Outline

First Quarter:

  • Science of Life

  • Homeostasis and Cell Transport

  • Photosynthesis

  • Cellular Respiration

  • Gene Expression

  • Inheritance Patterns and Human Genetics

  • Gene Technology

Third Quarter:

  • Plant Evolution and Classification

  • Plant Structure and Function

  • Echinoderms and Invertebrate Chordates

  • Fishes

  • Amphibians

Second Quarter:

  • Population Genetics and Speciation

  • Classification of Organisms

  • Populations

  • Community Ecology

  • Humans and the Environment

  • Viruses

Fourth Quarter:

  • Mammals

  • Animal Behavior

  • Human Skeletal, Muscular, and Integumentary Systems

  • The Body’s Defense System

  • Human Circulatory and Respiratory Systems