This course furthers students’ understanding of the processes that occur in biological systems. Students will study theory and conduct investigations in the areas of biodiversity; evolution; genetic processes; the structure and function of animals; and the anatomy, growth, and function of plants. The course focuses on the theoretical aspects of the topics under study, and helps students refine skills related to scientific investigation.
- Diversity of Living Things
- All living things can be classified according to their anatomical and physiological characteristics.
- Human activities affect the diversity of living things in ecosystems.
- Evolution is the process of biological change over time based on the relationships between species and their environments.
- The theory of evolution is a scientific explanation based on a large accumulation of evidence.
- Technology that enables humans to manipulate the development of species has economic and environmental implications.
- Genetic Processes
- Genetic and genomic research can have social and environmental implications.
- Variability and diversity of living organisms result from the distribution of genetic materials during the process of meiosis.
- Animals: Structure and Function
- Groups of organs with specific structures and functions work together as systems, which interact with other systems in the body.
- The development and uses of technology to maintain human health are based, in part, on the changing needs of society.
- Plants: Anatomy, Growth, and Function
- Plants have specialized structures with distinct functions that enable them to respond and adapt to their environment.
- Plant variety is critical to the survival and sustainability of ecosystems.