Welcome! The outline below is an evolving main menu for our high school, NGSS-aligned biology curriculum.
If you’re a current user of our AP or College-level biology, you’ll find much that’s familiar. That’s because many of our AP and College-level tutorials were originally written for use with my 9th grade students. At the same time, wherever necessary, I’ve redesigned tutorials to work for 9th graders. That’s particularly true in units related to biochemistry, cellular respiration, photosynthesis, and molecular genetics.
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Topics in blue are ready for review. Please take a look and let me know what you think.
Biology: Introduction and Core Concepts
- What is biology?
- Setting the context: A very brief history of life on Earth
- Properties of Living Things
- Structure Determines Function
- Levels of Biological Organization
- Adaptation and Natural Selection
Life’s Chemical Building Blocks
- Basic Chemistry: atoms, molecules, chemical bonding.
- The Chemistry and Properties of Water: includes acids and bases)
- The Molecules of Life: monomers and polymers; carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids.
Cells and Membranes
- Cell Structure and Function (ready for review: same as what we offer for AP Bio)
- Cell Membranes (ready for review: same as what we offer for AP Bio)
Energy at the Cellular Level
- Enzymes, Energy, and Cellular Respiration (Completely revised for HS Bio: ready for review)
- Photosynthesis (Completely revised for HS Bio: ready for review)
DNA and Molecular Genetics
- DNA Structure and Replication (Completely revised for HS Bio: ready for review)
- RNA, Transcription, and Translation
- Meiosis (importance of meiosis, phases, nondisjunction and chromosomal variation)
- Genetics (Genes, autosomal inheritance, blood type, sex linked genes)
- Adaptation, Natural Selection, and Population Genetics
- Evidence for Evolution/common ancestry (fossil record, homology, molecular homologies)
- Speciation and Extinction
- What is ecology?
- Capturing Energy: Producers, Consumers, and Trophic Levels
- Ecological Communities
- Niches and Habitats
- Species Interactions
- Keystone Species and Trophic Cascades
- Population ecology
- Population Growth
- Carrying Capacity
- Ecosystem stability, resilience, and disturbance
- Human impact upon the environment
- Social Behavior and Group Interactions
- Feedback and Homeostasis
- Viruses and Vaccines
- Genetic Engineering
- Human Population Growth