Segment A of Biology 2 teaches that the grouping of organisms, both plants and animals, by a classification system has helped us to understand diversity, evolutionary relationships between organisms, and how they react within specific ecosystems. Prokaryotic organisms are bacteria and are alive unlike viruses, which are not alive. Members of the Kingdom Protista are different from organisms in other kingdoms but share common characteristics with each other. Members of the Kingdom Fungi are different from organisms in other kingdoms but share common characteristics with each other. Members of the Kingdom Plantae are different from organisms in other kingdoms but share common characteristics with each other. Members of the Animal Kingdom are different from organisms in other kingdoms but share common characteristics with each other.

Segment B of Biology 2 teaches that all animals share similar characteristics, but they also have differences which set them apart. The following groups share common features within their groups, yet they have enough differences that they can also be classified into smaller groups within those larger groups:
• Vertebrates
• Fish
• Amphibians
• Reptiles
• Birds
• Mammals

PRE-REQUISITES: Biology 1

ESTIMATED COMPLETION TIME: 32-36 weeks or approximately 125 – 135 hours

MAJOR TOPICS AND CONCEPTS — SEGMENT A

Diversity

  • Classification of Organisms
  • Kingdoms
  • Viruses
  • Bacteria

Protists

  • Characteristics of Protists
  • Diversity of Protists
  • Reproduction in Protists
  • Protists: Harmful and Helpful

Fungi

  • Characteristics of Fungi
  • Diversity of Fungi
  • Symbiotic Relationships
  • Fungi: Helpful and Harmful

Plants

  • Plants Overview
  • Plant Reproduction
  • Plant Structures and Functions
  • Plant Growth and Development

Animals

  • Animal Characteristics
  • The Body Systems of Animals
  • Animal Diversity

MAJOR TOPICS AND CONCEPTS — SEGMENT B

Invertebrates

  • Simple Invertebrates
  • Annelids and Mollusks
  • Arthropods
  • Chordates and Echinoderms

Vertebrates

  • Vertebrates Overview
  • Vertebrate Evolution in the Water
  • Evolution of Land Vertebrates
  • Evolution of Primates

Vertebrates: Fish and Amphibians

  • Fish Basics
  • Different Types of Fish
  • Basics of Amphibians
  • Different Types of Amphibians

Vertebrates: Reptiles and Birds

  • Basics of Reptiles
  • Different Types of Reptiles
  • Basics of Birds
  • Different Types of Birds

Vertebrates: Mammals

  • Basics of Mammals
  • Different Types of Mammals
  • How Animals Behave

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SEGMENT A

SEGMENT B