Course SyllabusGrade 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
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:
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
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
● 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.
● Understand basics of chemistry as they apply to organic molecules and biological processes
● Differentiate between different types of cells
● Identify and describe structure and function of cell organelles
● 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
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
● 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
● 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