Have you ever wonder why we look similar to our parents? Or what little organisms are swimming with us in the ocean? Why are some flowers so colorful? What would happen to human life if we irradiated all insects? These questions and many more will be explored this year in Biology, also known as the study of life.

We will start the year examining how life is organized and the interdependent relationships presented in the world around us. We will then focus on the importance of energy to all organisms; as many of you already know quite a bit about energy through our Science and Technology course. Here we will take our previous knowledge of how energy can be attained and harvested and assimilate it into living organisms.
By the second semester, we will focus on growth and heredity. We will examine the importance of DNA and how it affect who we are. As we learn more about DNA, we will discuss how DNA technology changes the way we live. We will finish the year looking at many of the 2 million known organisms. From the little pests that cause illnesses to beautiful organisms living along barrier reefs in the ocean, we will explores the many kingdoms of living creatures and their relationship to us as homo sapiens.

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Keystone Standards that you will learn:

General Course Syllabus
Module A- Cells and Cell Processes
BIO.A.1 Basic Biological Principles
BIO.A.2 The Chemical Basis for Life
BIO.A.3 Bioenergetics
BIO.A.4 Homeostasis and Transport
Module B- Continuity and Unity of Life
BIO.B.1 Cell Growth and Reproduction
BIO.B.2 Genetics
BIO.B.3 Theory of Evolution
BIO.B.4 Ecology

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