In the biochemistry unit the class will explore basic chemistry concepts with a focus on biochemistry. Exploration will include why we breath and what happens at the cellular level, why plants need both oxygen and carbon dioxide, pH of nature, buffering capabilities, and basic elements and molecules of life. Students will follow the breakdown of food molecules and how they ultimately are broken down and reused in the body.
Cell biology is study of the structure and function of the cell, which is the fundamental structure of all life. Studying the cell allows students understanding of energy conversion into usable components within the cell, the code found in the DNA, and how this code is translated into various structures in the body.
The topics covered in cell biology for semester 2 include : cell division, cell control and cancer, stem cell technology. DNA replication, protein synthesis, and genetics will have their own section
Evolution helps to ask amazing and important questions: How do birds fly? How can certain plants grow in the desert? Why do all living organisms use the same basic building blocks for life? Evolution is the ongoing study of how life has changed and continues to change over time. In this unit we will study the evidence that supports the theory of evolution.
Scientists have been trying to identify, name, and find order in the diversity of life for a long time. think about it, how many different species of plants, mammals, amphibians, insects, etc. are there in existence that we are aware of? too many to count right? well in order to simplify the identification process of these many species scientist have developed a few different classification systems, all with their own perks and downfalls (but what doesn’t? am i right??) jokes aside some well known and used classification systems are traditional, modern evolutionary, and (as weird as it may sound) the tree of life. okay so now that we have the blah out of the way (not saying its not important but you know) we have to name these creatures with a super dooper scientific name because certain cultures and regions refer to the same animal with different names
Microorganisms maintain balance in the ecosystem, protect and help organisms, and cause fatal and devastating disease. In this unit students will explore viruses, bacteria, “protists”, and fungi.