This course meets the University of California’s d (laboratory science)
subject-area requirement.
This introductory course is designed to meet college entrance requirements and prepare students for the worlds of school, work, and citizenship. It builds on physical science concepts, and emphasizes mechanisms for the functioning and continuity of organisms. Unifying themes of biology are stressed (evolution, homeostasis, energy, matter and organization, continuity, development, and ecology) and the application and relevance of biology to students’ lives and to society. Inquiry and the nature of science are important content elements.
Class organization is student centered. Learning begins with questions and includes experimental laboratory activities, inquiry, cooperative group work, class discussions, reading, and critical thinking analyses leading to deeper conceptual understanding and increased knowledge in the key areas of biology. State science standards are addressed. All student activities have clearly defined goals for both the content material and thinking skills involved. Multiple forms of assessment, including authentic assessment, are used. Laboratory activities have clearly labeled safety precautions and hazardous waste disposal procedures.

Quarter 1: Cells

Unit 1: Atoms and Molecules

Vocabulary Words: atom, element, nucleus, valence shell, proton, neutron, electron, model, macromolecule, lipid, carbohydrate, protein, dehydration synthesis, hydrolysis, calorie, system, nucleic acid

Review Videos:
Atoms and the Periodic Table Video
Molecules and Elements
Nucleic Acids
The Molecules of Life

Unit 2: Cells

Vocabulary Words: prokaryote, eukaryote, endoplasmic reticulum, cell wall, nucleus, cell membrane, mitochondria, cytoplasm, chloroplast, ribosome, golgi apparatus, vacuole, diffusion, osmosis, homeostasis, hypotonic, hypertonic, isotonic, tonicity, concentration

Review Videos:
A Tour of the Cell
Cell Membranes
Cellular Organelles
Inner Life of a Cell

Unit 3: Mitosis and Meiosis

Vocabulary Words: cancer, mitosis, meiosis, chromosome, diploid, haploid, somatic cell, gamete, cell cycle, homologous chromosome, zygote

Unit 4: Physiology

Vocabulary Words:
positive feedback, negative feedback, tissue, alveoli, vili, organ system, organism, nervous system, digestive system, organ, circulatory system, respiratory system, brain, spinal cord, neuron

Quarter 2: Genetics

Unit 1: DNA

Vocabulary Words: nucleotide, adenine, thymine, cytosine, guanine, uracil, DNA, RNA, Replication

Unit 2: Protein Synthesis

Vocabulary words: transcription, translation, codon, parent strand, daughter strand, mRNA, tRNA, anticodon, gene

Unit 3: Punnett Squares

Vocabulary words: monoybrid, dihybrid, testcross, homozygous, heterozygous, trait, sex chromosome, autosome, dominant, recessive, allele, codominance, incomplete dominance, karyotype, Punnett Square, law of segregation, law of independent assortment, mutation, genotype, phenotype, Gregor Mendel

Unit 4: Mutations

Vocabulary words: mutation, deletion, duplication, frameshift, insertion, karyotype, gene, translocation, inversion, carrier, Down Syndrome, Cystic fibrosis, Tay-Sachs, Klinefelter's, PKU, Sickle Cell, Huntington's, Turner Syndrome, Achondroplasia

Semester 1 Review

Quarter 3: Ecology

Unit 1: Biomes

Vocabulary: Biosphere, biome, terrestrial, aquatic, climate, biotic, abiotic

Unit 2: Cell Resp and Photo

Vocabulary: mitochondria, cell respiration, ATP, matrix, cristae, chloroplast, photosynthesis, glucose, stroma, thylakoid, chlorophyll

Unit 3: Populations

Vocabulary: producer, consumer, decomposer, carnivore, omnivore, herbivore, water cycle, carbon cycle, evaporation, nitrogen cycle, phosphorus cycle, decomposition, population, organism, species, carrying capacity, logistic growth, exponential growth

Unit 4: Human Impact

Vocabulary: Behavioral ecology, ethology, stimulus, imprinting, taxis, kinesis, signal, communication, pheromone, climate change, global warming, ocean acidification, greenhouse gases, fossil fuels, deforestation, glacier, extinction, drought, flood, mitigation, adaptation

NOVA - Lethal Seas

Quarter 4: Evolution

Unit 1: Evidence

Vocab Quiz 1: evolution, Charles Darwin, fossil, biogeography, Pangaea, homologous structure, analogous structure, vestigial structure, convergent evolution, embryo, genome, scientific theory, microevolution, genetic drift, bottleneck effect, founder effect, gene flow, mutation, natural selection, directional selection, stabilizing selection, disruptive selection

Unit 2: Earth's History

Unit 3: Natural Selection

Vocab Quiz 2: Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium, speciation, macroevolution, species, taxonomy, pre-zygotic barrier, post-zygotic barrier, habitat isolation, temporal isolation, behavioral isolation, mechanical isolation, gametic isolation, allopatric speciation, sympatric speciation, adaptive radiation

Unit 4: Speciation and Extinction


Guidelines for Talking with Your Child
District Sexual Health Education

Final Project

Final Exam Review