The one semester course will teach core life science concepts for middle and high school students. In this course, students will investigate basic biology concepts regarding cells, DNA, plant life, and body systems. Each student will complete various learning activities for each topic, as well as participate in group projects, discussion forums, and individual projects.

PRE-REQUISITES: None

ESTIMATED COMPLETION TIME: 16-18 weeks or approximately 65 – 75 hours

MAJOR TOPICS AND CONCEPTS 

Science in Our Lives

  • Who has Control?
  • Variable Variables
  • Science and the Environment
  • Science and the Future
  • Who Affected What?
  • Human Actions

Life on the Earth

  • DNA
  • Mendelian Patterns of Inheritance
  • Punnett Squares and Pedigrees
  • Co-dominance and Sex-linked Traits
  • Biotechnology
  • Charles Darwin
  • Modern Classification

Soils and Agriculture

  • Agricultural practices, environment and natural resources
  • Soil types impact on agriculture
  • Economic importance of agriculture
  • Agriculture and technology
  • Integrated pest management
  • Pollution
  • Waste Management

Keys to Life

  • Microscopes and the Cell Theory
  • Cell Types and Organization
  • Cell Structure and Function
  • Cellular Processes (osmosis, diffusion, photosynthesis, cellular respiration)
  • Inside the Nucleus
  • Cell Division
  • Introduction to Mendelian Genetics

Body Systems

  • Overview of the systems in our body
  • Skeletal System
  • Muscular System
  • Cardiovascular System
  • Respiratory System
  • Nervous System
  • Digestive System

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