** This is a full year course that teaches the fundamentals of biology. Both semesters need to be completed to receive credit. The cost is $179 per semester or $350 if you pay for both at the start of the year. If you only pay for Fall initially be sure to buy the Spring semester before that starts.**
This course will provide an introduction to biology. For most of the year, the focus is on molecular biology -biological molecules, parts of the cell, metabolic pathways, DNA replication, and the cell cycle. The unit on genetics is always a favorite, and the year concludes with units on ecology. If there is a need, additional optional modules will be added to address content requirements in other states. Other topics will include medical applications of biology and methods used to design experiments and collect and analyze data. While evolution will be covered, it is primarily discussed in one unit in the second semester.
In this class the textbook is a useful resource that has much better drawings than the teacher’s, but it is not the primary source of material. Video lectures explain the ‘how’ and also the ‘why do we care?’. Biological molecules are related to dietary advice – students will know the difference between saturated and unsaturated fats and why one is solid at room temperature. DNA replication, chromatin structure, and transcription are important in understanding cancer biology – what has to go wrong for a tumor to form?
Although there are some traditional elements – homework questions, quizzes, and monthly tests – students are also able to be more creative (or not – it’s up to them) with projects for each unit and article reviews.
Required Materials: Biology by Miller and Levine, Prentice Hall publishing, 3-Ring binder with paper OR spiral notebook for notes and a folder for handouts/tests, may need graph paper to plot data and blank paper for drawing cells.
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Instructor: Dr Dana Underwood (email@example.com)
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For: Grades 9 -12
Hours: 4-5 hours each week
Credit Hours: 1 High School Credit (on completion of both semesters)
Syllabus: Available here
Spring Dates: January 15 – May 12 (any week in March can be taken for Spring break)
Examples of Student Projects