Course Objectives-Biology

Description:  Biology is the branch of science dealing with the study of life. It describes the characteristics, classification, and behaviors of organisms, how species come into existence, and the interactions they have with each other and with the environment.

Objectives:

  • The student will demonstrate the ability to describe the unique characteristics of chemical compounds and macromolecules utilized by living systems.

  • The student will demonstrate the ability to discuss the structure and function of enzymes.

  • The student will demonstrate the ability to discuss cell structure and function in unicellular and multicellular organisms.

  • The student will demonstrate the ability to discuss the transfer and use of matter and energy in photosynthesis and chemosynthesis.

  •  The student will demonstrate the ability to apply the concept of homeostasis to understanding how living systems respond to a wide range of environmental conditions

  •  Know and use the skills and processes of science – the scientific method.

  • Understand the nature and contexts of science and technology and application

  • The student will demonstrate the ability to explain the connections among genes, chromosomes, and DNA.

  • The student will demonstrate the ability to explain how a genetic trait is determined by the code in a DNA molecule.e student will demonstrate the ability to explain cell cycles.

  • The student will demonstrate the ability to analyze selected patterns of inheritance

  • .The student will demonstrate the ability to explain evidence that illustrates that living things have changed over time..

  • The student will demonstrate the ability to analyze and explain the mechanisms of evolutionary changes (i.e., genetic variation, environmental changes, and natural selection)..

  • The student will demonstrate the ability to explain the relationship between biodiversity and evolution.

  • The student will demonstrate the ability to analyze the relationships among organisms and between organisms and abiotic factors (ecosystem; biomes; abiotic/biotic factors: space, soil, water, air, temperature, food, light, organisms; relationships: predator, prey, parasite-host, mutualism, commensalism, saprophytism).

  • . The student will demonstrate the ability to describe the flow of matter and energy between living systems and the physical environment.

  • The student will demonstrate the ability to analyze the interrelationships and interdependencies among different organisms and explain how these relationships contribute to the stability of the ecosystem.

  • The student will demonstrate the ability to investigate how natural changes in environmental conditions and human activity will affect individual organisms and the dynamics of populations.

  • The student will demonstrate the ability to illustrate how all organisms are parts of and depend on two major global food webs.

  • The student will demonstrate the ability to explain why curiosity, honesty, openness, and skepticism are highly regarded in science..

  • The student will demonstrate the ability to discuss the transfer and use of matter and energy in photosynthesis and chemosynthesis.