** This is a full year course. Both semesters need to be completed to receive credit. **
This course will provide an introduction to biology at both the cellular and population level. At the cellular level, the class will cover biological molecules, basic cell biology and organelles, energy usage, DNA function and mutations. On a population level, ecosystems and their energy flow, population biology, natural selection, and evolution will be discussed. 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.
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.
To learn more about this class you can read this interview with Dr Underwood.
Instructor: Dr Dana Underwood (email@example.com)
For: Grades 9 -12
Hours: 4-5 hours each week
Credit Hours: 1 High School Credit (on completion of both semesters)
Dates: January 15 – May 13 (students may take one week of their choosing in March for Spring break)