Honors Biology course outline

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HONORS

BIOLOGY

Text
:

Biology by Miller and Levine (Prentice Hall)


This is a two credit, honors level science course that introduces hands
-
on methods in life science. The goal
of the fall semester is to familiarize students with laboratory equipment
and procedures, microscopy, data
analysis and formal laboratory reports. Topics covered during this period include an introduction to
chemistry, biochemistry, cell biology and genetics. The spring semester acquaints students with taxonomy
and the six kin
gdoms but emphasis is placed on the animal kingdom. This portion of the

course will focus
on
anatomy, physiology, ecology and diversity as they relate to the animal kingdom. Labs will involve
comparison of organisms through dissection.


Evaluation
:

Tes
ts/major projects
-

60%, Labs
-

20% and Class work/homework
-

20%


Class Outline:



Semester 1
1.

The Nature of Science (Chapter 1)

a.

What is Science?

b.

How Scientists Work

c.

Studying Life

d.

Tools and Procedures

2. The Chemistry of Life
(Chapter 2)


a. The Nature of Matter


b. Properties of Water


c. Car
bon Compounds


d. Chemical Reactions and Enzymes

3. Cell Structure and Function (Chapter 7)


a. Life is Cellular


b. Cell Structures


c. Movement through the Membrane


d. The Diversity of Cellular Life

4. Photo
synthesis (Chapter 8)


a. Energy and Life


b. Photosynthesis: An Overview


c. The Reactions of Photosynthesis

5. Cellular Respiration (Chapter 9)


a. Chemical Pathways


b. The Kreb’s Cycle and Electron Transport




6. DNA and RNA (Chapter 12)


a. DNA

b.

Chromosomes and DNA Replication

c.

RNA and Protein Synthesis

d.

Gene Regulation

7.

Cell Growth and Division (Chapter 10)

a.

Cell Growth

b.

Cell Division

c.

Regulating the Cell Cycle

8. Introduction to Genetics (Chapter 11)

a.

The Work of Gregor Mendel

b.

Probability and Punnett Squares

c.

Exploring Mendelian Genetics

d.

Meiosis

e.

Linkage and Gene Maps

9. Human Heredity (Chapter 14)

a.

Human Heredity

b.

Human Chromosomes

c.

Mutations (Chapter 12)

d.

Human Molecular Genetics

10. Genetic Engineering
(Chapter 13)


a. Changing the Living World


b. Manipulating DNA


c. Cell Transformation


d. Applications of Genetic Engineering

















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Semester 2

11. Classification (Chapter 18)

a.

Finding Orde
r in Diversity

b.

Modern Evolutionary Classification

c.

Kingdoms and Domains

12. Sponges and Cnidarians (Chapter 26)


a.
Introduction to the Animal Kingdom


b. Sponges


c. Cnidarians

13. Worms and Mollusks (Chapter 27)


a. Flatworms


b. Roundworms


c. Annelids


d. Mollusks

14. Arthropods and Echinoderms (Chapter 28)

a.

Introduction to Arthropods

b.

Groups of Arthropods

c.

Insects

d.

Echinoderms




15. Comparing Invertebrates (Chapter 29)



a. Invertebrate Evolution


b. Form and Function in Invertebrates

16.
Nonvertebrate Chordates, Fishes and





Amphibians (Chapter 30)

a.

The Chordates

b.

Fishes

c.

Amphibians

17.

Reptiles and Birds (Chapter 31)


a. Reptiles


b. Birds

18. Mammals (Chapter 32)


a. Introduction to Mammals


b. Diversity of Mammals

19. Comparing Chordates (Chapter 33)

a.

Chordate Evolution

b.

Controlling Body Temperature

c.

Form and Function in Chordates

20. Animal Behavi
or (Chapter 34)

a. Elements of Behavior


b. Patterns of Behavior



Supplies:

Pencils with erasers

3
-
ring binder Dividers


Scientific calculator Sc
issors

Colored pencils


Highlighter Metric ruler


Flash drives




Loose leaf paper


Book cover/sox


The student is responsible for any work missed because of absences. Please ask the teacher what work
needs to be made
-
up.
All work must be completed with
in 3 days of their return to school. If a test is missed,
it will be made up the day of the student’
s return to school. Please inform the teacher of any absences you
know about ahead of time (doctor’s appointments, performances, etc.)


Please do not use the cubby holes in the lab tables for waste disposal. There are waste baskets located at
the front a
nd the rear of the room. Also, pick up any items dropped on the floor before leaving.


No food consumption in the classroom, unless given permission by the teacher
.
This classroom is a lab
space where
chemical
experim
ents and dissect
ions take
place.

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