Biology I

Course Syllabus Biology 1

Teacher Information
Mrs. Stoner
Phone: 815-493-6341

Course Description

In biology 1, we will be covering topics including the scientific method, use of the microscope, and basic chemistry.  Cell biology will also be a major theme discussed.  This includes cell structure, homeostasis, photosynthesis, respiration, and the role of DNA in protein manufacture and cell division.  Biology 1 also covers an extensive unit in Mendelian genetics and that leads into our discussion on Darwin and his research. The year will end with a unit on ecology. 

Course Objectives

Students will become very familiar with the scientific method and will be able to apply it to various aspects of science.
Students will know the cell organelles and the function of each of the organelles.
Students will know the difference between diffusion and osmosis and will be able to apply them to everyday items.
Students will know the difference between cellular respiration and photosynthesis.
Students will know the different parts of DNA and know how it replicates and operates within the cell.
Students will know what RNA is along with the basic information about the three types of RNA (mRNA, tRNA, rRNA).
Students will know the basics about Mendels experiments and how they influenced genetics.
Students will be able to complete punnett squares of monohybrid, dihybrid, and trihybrid crosses.
Students will be introduced to Darwin and his theories.
Students will be able to explain ecology and give examples of different aspects of ecology.

Course Outline

1st semester

Scientific method / overview of biology 1
Basic chemistry
Cell structure and function
Photosynthesis / Cellular respiration

2nd semester
Mitosis / Meiosis

Grading Policy

Students will complete both formative and summative assignments.  Grades for the class will be generated from the summative assignments.  It is still important for students to complete formatives to make sure they are learning the material and to allow for me to see what areas students are struggling.  


Summative assessments

Materials Needed

Textbook / Laptop 
Folder / binder
Notebook / Paper
Markers / Colored pencils

Classroom Rules / Expectations 

Students will respect themselves and others.
Students need to be in the room and in their seat when the bell rings.  Otherwise you will be considered tardy.
Students need to bring all materials to class.  Students will not be allowed to go to their lockers to retrieve materials.
Students are to be working on the assigned work or participating in the lecture.  No talking is allowed during test or quizzes.
Students will be working in groups at times, however everyone must contribute equally.  Students will be graded individually and as a group.
Students need to bring laptops to class daily.  Failure to do so will result in the students missing a great deal of information.