This introductory course will cover the material a student might expect to see in a first year high school biology class. We will address all scales of the subject, from biochemistry and cell biology through evolution and ecology. We will also focus on developing scientific skills like asking scientific questions, designing experiments, and analyzing data. We will use a variety of learning modalities to address these topics, including virtual labs, hands-on labs using household objects, mini-debates, and interactive lectures.
During our time together, we will work toward mastery of the material covered in a typical high school biology class. Students will also work to develop an understanding of science as a process, an ability to work effectively in small groups, and a deeper appreciation of the role the natural world plays in our daily lives.
- Concepts of Biology
|1||Course Introduction and The Chemistry of Life|
|2||Cell Structure and Function|
|3||Energy Transfer in Living Things|
|4||Cell Division and The Chromosomal Theory of Inheritance|
|5||The Central Dogma|
|8||The Diversity of Life|
|10||Course Wrap Up|
Students and their parents will receive brief feedback after each class regarding the student’s general participation in class. Students will also receive feedback on graded assignments via email. At the end of the course, the student will receive a final report card, which thoroughly speaks to their overall participation in the course, including major assignments.