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Biology is the study of the living world. Students will engage in inquiry-based investigations to explore how organisms live and grow and how they interact with their environment. Students will utilize science and engineering practices to study how characteristics of one generation are passed to the next and to explain how different species are related.
  • Explore complex real-world problems
  • Develop, use, and revise models to explain scientific phenomena
  • Engage in laboratory experiments
  • Create scientific claims based on evidence and apply scientific reasoning

Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

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Unit Description
BIO01Investigating Living Systems
Introduction to basic scientific processes used to investigate living systems: including what defines life, laboratory skills, science and engineering practices, and construction of experiments.

BIO02Structure & Function of Living Things
Introduction to cell structure and function.

BIO03Biochemistry I: Lipids & Carbohydrates
Introduction to basic chemistry, macromolecules: lipids and carbohydrates, and the cell membrane. This unit will investigate how molecules move across the cell membrane to maintain homeostasis.
BIO04Biochemistry: Nucleic Acids & Proteins
This unit focuses on the importance of carbon-based molecules, specifically nucleic acids and proteins, and how DNA codes for protein.

BIO05Cell Growth, Repair, & Reproduction
Understanding of how cells grow and divide, the purpose of cell division and reproduction, and its limitations. Recognizing the replication of DNA as an intricate part of cell growth and reproduction.

An introduction to the understanding of basic genetics and the inheritance of traits.

Investigation of evidence to show the ancestry of organisms and change over time due to environmental impacts.

BIO08Energy & Matter in Ecosystems
Students will investigate how energy flows between organisms on both an macro and micro scale. Students will be able to relate photosynthesis and cellular respiration to the cycling of energy and matter.

BIO09Interdependence & Ecosystems
Investigate the relationships between organisms and their environment.
BIO10 Investigations in Biology
Application of scientific processes used to investigate living systems focusing on laboratory skills, analysis of data, and construction of experiments to develop a better understanding of biological principles.