Biology I Pre-AP

  • Expectations:

    1. Timeliness: Arrive to class on time (in your seat when the bell rings) and begin working. 
    2. Preparedness: Bring binder and other materials to class with you and be ready to learn.
    3. Work Ethic: Be prepared to work until the bell rings at the end of class. Do your best to stay focused, participate fully, and ask questions. 
    4. Attitude: Be respectful and courteous (of your classmates, your teacher, and school property). 
    5. Learning: Stay curious. Ask questions. Ask for help and clarification (especially when you need it).
     
    Course Description: 3233 Biology I Pre-AP
     
    This course is a study of the fundamentals of biological science. Students in biology study a variety of topics that include: structures and functions of cells and viruses; growth and development of organisms; cells, tissues and organs; nucleic acids and genetics; biological evolution; taxonomy; metabolism and energy transfers in living organisms; living systems; homeostasis; ecosystems; and plants and the environment. Student investigations emphasize accurate observations, collection of data, data analysis and the safe manipulation of scientific apparatus and materials during field and laboratory investigations. This course extends and deepens the topics covered in biology, including a strong emphasis on field and laboratory investigations and may include research activities in preparation for Advanced Placement Biology.
     
    Textbook: HMH Texas Biology. Online Access: login to neisd.net > launchpad > myHRW
     
    Overview of Topics:
    • What is Science? 
    • Cell Structure & Processes: structure & function, cellular respiration, development
    • Microbes & Health: bacteria, viruses, vaccines, infectious disease
    • Genetics: mitosis, meiosis, genetic diseases
    • Food & Hunger: homeostasis, enzymes, biomolecules
    • Taxonomy: levels of organization
    • DoJust: ecology, climate change, energy consumption, biodiversity
    • Photosynthesis: light to life
    • Classification of organisms
    • Body Systems: dissections, evolution