Course Overview:

This online Biology course begins by introducing students to the scientific method and the major concepts of biology from an historical and practical viewpoint. The three major themes of this course are the cell, the molecular basis of heredity, and the interdependence of organisms. Students who take this class will have a deeper appreciation for the complexities of living organisms. Life on this planet, unlike anywhere else in the observable universe, is complex and highly organized. Whether examining life on the molecular or the planetary level, it exhibits a highly organized structure that inspires awe by its genius and complexity. In the last 50 years, discoveries have launched new branches of biology that have transformed the daily routine, from conception to death. New challenges await, such as the current crisis in ecology, global warming, and the resurgence in viral disease. To make rational choices in the 21st century, the citizen must have a basic understanding of biological concepts and the reasoning behind them. 

The second semester covers major concepts such as population dynamics and evolution. Students explore population dynamics through the study of mutualism, predation, parasitism, and competition. The theory of evolution is presented, along with the many evidences and details that make evolution the backbone of modern biology. From biochemistry to evolution, biology fascinates people. Biochemists first astounded the world by showing that life obeys the same chemical principles as all creation, but that life engineers chemistry to its own needs. Decades later, Darwin shocked the world by suggesting that life evolves according to the conditions of the environment it inhabits. Evolution, often debated and derided, has survived to become a key concept of biology. This second semester in biology examines the wonder of life and its mechanisms.

Biology is presented in a multimedia format using interactive modules, labs, narrated animation, text, and videos to present the study of life on this planet. Students work through and complete several self-check activities and quizzes for practice, and participate in self-reflection. In each unit, students complete the unit exam. Teacher feedback is provided throughout the course.

Semester 1:  

In Semester A, the course explores important concepts in biology. Students learn about cellular structures and processes, understanding the components and functions of cells. The principles of inheritance are examined, focusing on how traits are passed from one generation to another. Classifying life is emphasized, with students exploring the different kingdoms and classifications of organisms. The characteristics of plants and animals are studied, highlighting their unique features and adaptations.

Semester 2: 

In Semester B, the course delves into the study of the human body. Students explore the characteristics and functions of the human body systems, understanding how they work together to maintain homeostasis. The principles of evolution are introduced, providing an understanding of how species have changed over time through natural selection. Ecology is a major focus, with students studying populations and communities, understanding the interactions between organisms and their environments. The study of ecosystems and biomes explores the complex relationships between living organisms and their physical surroundings. The impacts of human activities on the environment are also discussed, highlighting the importance of sustainability and conservation efforts.

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