Course Syllabus
Grade Level: 9

Course Title: Accelerated Biology with Research

Textbook:  Biology Concepts & Connections, 6th Edition, Campbell et al, 2008

Course Description (from District Catalog):
Accelerated Biology With Research
(9) Accelerated Biology is designed for students with a strong interest in science. Students in this course will use a college-level textbook to prepare them for taking AP Biology in their Jr. or Sr. year. The course explores science standards at a greater depth and complexity than in Biology, incorporating real-world applications in a problem-based/hands-on approach. Topics include ecology, taxonomy, evolution, cell biochemistry and physiology, genetics, botany, and human body systems. This is not a weighted grade course.
Prerequisite: A’s in 8th grade science, 8th grade English and Algebra 1. Concurrent enrollment in Geometry. CSU/UC: “d”
California Standards Covered in this Course:
Biology follows the California State Science Content Standards for Biology/Life Science. Emphasis in this course is on the skills identified in the Course outline below. A full description of the Standards can be accessed at:
http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/st/ss/documents/sciencestnd.pdf

Course Outline (Skills Taught): (district biology course outline + research project).
Investigation and Experimentation
●    Develop meaningful questions and conduct careful investigations.
●    Select and use appropriate tools and technology to perform tests, collect data, analyze relationships, and display data.
    ○    Microscopy, Tools in Biotechnology, Graphing through computer based spreadsheets
●    Analyze the experiment in order to identify potential sources of error. Formulate ideas to minimize uncontrolled variables.
●    Solve mathematically based problems.
●    Investigate a science-based societal issue by researching the literature, analyzing data, and communicating the findings. Apply scientific knowledge to societal issues in order to guide individual decision making.

Scientific Process
●    Formulate hypotheses, differentiate between types of variables, distinguish between hypothesis and theory
●    Scientific knowledge is distinct from other disciplines. It is based on repeatability, testability, and observable evidence from the physical and natural world.
    Science constantly evolves as new information emerges.
●    Complete a science fair project individually or in a pair, compete in a class science fair.
●    Optionally compete in the local Intel-Affiliated science and engineering fair.

Biochemistry
●    Understand basics of chemistry as they apply to organic molecules and biological processes

Cell Biology
●    Differentiate between different types of cells
●    Identify and describe structure and function of cell organelles
Genetics

●    Nucleic Acids and Protein Synthesis
    ○    Describe the structure and function of nucleic acids and proteins
    ○    Understand the flow of information from DNA to RNA to Protein to Trait
    ○    Articulate sources of genetic variation (mutations, meiosis, sexual reproduction)

●    Mendelian Genetics
    ○    Predict the probable outcome of a genetic cross

Ecology
●    Recognize and explain the sequence of how energy flows and matter cycles through the abiotic and biotic components of an ecosystem
●    Analyze how stability of an ecosystem is impacted  by biodiversity, alteration of habitat, human activity, and changes in population size

Evolution
●    Apply genetic principles to demonstrate that populations evolve by natural selection in constantly changing environments
●    List several sources of evidence for evolution  from various branches of science

Physiology
●    Understand that actions of all human body systems work together to promote homeostasis and combat disease

ELA/History/Other Science Tie-In:
●    Analyze situations and solve problems that require combining and applying concepts from more than one area of science.
●    Using equations and mathematical operations.
●    Addressing societal issues as they connect to biological concepts.
●    Reading for technical content, central ideas, biases, following multi-step procedures, and decoding words and symbols.
●    Support or refute hypotheses based on  data and evidence
●    Writing structured technical reports
●    Using accepted conventions of grammar
●    Use technology to gather relevant information from multiple sources and use proper citation techniques to avoid plagiarism