Science Course Descriptions

Science Department

Biology (Grade 9)

This course will examine life from the micro level of the cell to the macro level organisms and ecosystems.  Students will study cells, which are the basic unit of life.  Students will continue their understanding of the cell with understanding how DNA controls cellular function and the basic unit of heredity.  Using knowledge of heredity, students will explore the modern theory of evolution which provides a natural explanation for the diversity of life on Earth.  Students will study ecology, including levels of organization in the ecosystem and predator/prey relationships.

Prerequisite:  None                                                                 Full Year course – 1 credit

  

Honors Biology (Grade 9)

This course will examine life from the micro level of the cell to the macro level organisms and ecosystems.  Students will study cells, which are the basic unit of life. Students will gain an understanding of how cells function to maintain themselves and to produce new cells.  Students will continue their understanding of the cell with understanding how DNA controls cellular function and the basic unit of heredity.  Using knowledge of heredity, students will explore the modern theory of evolution which provides a natural explanation for the diversity of life on Earth.  Students will study ecology, including levels of organization in the ecosystem, predator/prey relationships, tropic levels and the effects of physical/chemical constraints on all biological relationships and systems.  This is a rigorous course designed to prepare students for advanced science courses.

Prerequisite:  Recommendation                                             Full Year course – 1 credit