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SC3100: Biology

Course Description

The diversity of life is amazing! How do living organisms survive- interact with the environment- reproduce and pass on traits? This Biology course includes the study of four major ideas in Life Science: 1) From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes- 2) Ecosystems: Interactions- Energy- and Dynamics- 3) Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits- 4) Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity. Students learn to use concepts such as energy and matter- patterns- structure and function- cause and effect- and stability and change to connect ideas within Biology and to other scientific disciplines. Students learn biological concepts through engaging in science and engineering practices of asking questions- modeling- and constructing explanations and arguments. Laboratory experiences engage students in asking questions- planning- and carrying out investigations- analyzing- interpreting- and communicating information. Mathematical and computational thinking are incorporated throughout. Students enrolled in this course will be required to take the Washington State High School Science End-of-Course Exam for Biology. Students in the graduating class of 2015 and beyond are required to pass this exam for high school graduation.

Essential Standards

  • Analyze a major global challenge to specify qualitative and quantitative criteria and constraints for solutions that account for societal needs and wants. (HS-ETS1-1)
  • Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the structure of DNA determines the structure of proteins, which carry out the essential functions of life through systems of specialized cells. (HS-LS1-1)
  • Develop and use a model to illustrate the hierarchical organization of interacting systems that provide specific functions within multicellular organisms. (HS-LS1-2)
  • Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence that feedback mechanisms maintain homeostasis.(HS-LS1-3)
  • Use a model to illustrate the role of cellular division (mitosis) and differentiation in producing and maintaining complex organisms. (HS-LS1-4)
  • Use a model to illustrate how photosynthesis transforms light energy into stored chemical energy. (HS-LS1-5)
  • Construct and revise an explanation based on evidence for how carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen from sugar molecules may combine with other elements to form amino acids and/or other large carbon-based molecules. (HS-LS1-6)
  • Use a model to illustrate that cellular respiration is a chemical process whereby the bonds of food molecules and oxygen molecules are broken and the bonds in new compounds are formed, resulting in a net transfer of energy. (HS-LS1-7)
  • Use mathematical representations to support and revise explanations based on evidence about factors affecting biodiversity and populations in ecosystems of different scales. (HS-LS2-2)
  • Evaluate claims, evidence, and reasoning that the complex interactions in ecosystems maintain relatively consistent numbers and types of organisms in stable conditions, but changing conditions may result in a new ecosystem. (HS-LS2-6)
  • Design, evaluate, and refine a solution for reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment and biodiversity. (HS-LS2-7)
  • Make and defend a claim based on evidence that inheritable genetic variations may result from (1) new genetic combinations through meiosis, (2) viable errors occurring during replication, and/or (3) mutations caused by environmental factors. (HS-LS3-2)
  • Communicate scientific information that common ancestry and biological evolution are supported by multiple lines of empirical evidence. (HS-LS4-1)
  • Construct an explanation based on evidence that the process of evolution primarily results from four factors: (1) the potential for a species to increase in number, (2) the heritable genetic variation of individuals in a species due to mutation and sexual reproduction, (3) competition for limited resources, and (4) the proliferation of those organisms that are better able to survive and reproduce in the environment. (HS-LS4-2)
  • Construct an explanation based on evidence for how natural selection leads to adaptation of populations.(HS-LS4-4)