The science of biology is large, complex, and constantly changing. This course provides students with a broad and interactive experience covering the main topics of biological science. Topics range from cell reproduction to the diversity of life. Students also learn about the chemical components of life, the process of energy conversion, and life’s functions. The course explores genetics, incorporating the latest scientific research, including the use of genetics in biotechnology. Next, the course covers ecology to raise students’ awareness of the many challenges and opportunities in the modern world and how they apply to the field of biology. Finally, the course presents the theory of evolution and the evidence that supports the theory. Throughout the course, students complete lab activities that reinforce the material and provide the opportunity to apply their knowledge through interactive experiments and activities.
GMO Debate [Mastery Project]
HOW DO YOU DEFEND A POSITION ON GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISMS?
You are a resident of a rural town, and your town is trying to decide whether or not to let GMO seeds into your community. You’ve heard stories from other communities about increased yields and profits, but you’ve also heard stories about farmers going into debt because of the high costs of seeds, fertilizer, and pesticides.
Body Mapping [Mastery Project]
HOW DO WE MAP THE IMPACT OF DISEASES ON THE BODY’S SYSTEM?
You are a medical specialist who has been asked to present a patient case study at a national conference for other doctors and medical specialists. The panel of organizers is interested in hearing stories about individual patients and their experiences with diseases. Using your research from this project, create a patient profile and an anatomical drawing based on a real or fictional person, that allows your audience to experience what it’s like to have the disease you researched.