Welcome to Biology 2012-2013!
This course is designed to provide you the opportunity to experience the natural principles governing living systems in a format that will prepare you for college-level biology courses. The goal of this course is to build solid understanding of essential biological concepts. The course begins with a biochemical assessment of life followed by study of cellular biology and genetics. Theories of evolution and common descent and the five kingdom classification system are used to explain the development and function of organ systems as well as the ecological interaction among species.
The laboratory work for this course provides you the opportunity to learn and apply skills learned in lecture. The labs are designed to foster important skills such as detailed observation, experimental design, data interpretation, and statistical analysis.
The primary emphases in this course is developing an understanding of the basic concepts rather than simply memorizing vocabulary. Understanding the scientific and technical vocabulary is important, but not the end goal; the vocabulary is just one necessary tool to build your conceptual foundation.
For more information about the course and my contact information, please open the syllabus (attached below).