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Life Science

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Length: 30 weeks
Content-type: Text-based
Age/Grade: 10th – 12th Grades
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How to Use This Course

This full-year high school science course studies the basic topics of life science including the scientific method, molecules, organic and inorganic compounds, cell structure and function, cell division, plant and animal tissue, support and transportation systems in plants and animals, biospheres and ecosystems, biodiversity, and classification.

Course Introduction

Life Sciences is the scientific study of living things. Various levels of investigation are explored, from understanding how organic molecules interact to learning how plants and animals interact with their environment. Life Science consists of a number of different branches including anatomy (plant and animal), biochemistry, biotechnology, botany, ecology, entomology, environmental studies, genetics, medicine, microbiology, physiology (plant and animal), sociobiology (animal behavior), taxonomy, and zoology.

Studying life science gives students the opportunity to increase their knowledge of key biological concepts, processes, systems, and theories; develop the ability to critically evaluate and debate scientific issues and processes; develop scientific skills and ways of thinking scientifically; provide useful knowledge and skills that are needed in everyday living; provide sufficient background for further studies and careers in one or more of the biological sub-disciplines; and much more.

This full-year course teaches life science through text, activities, detailed diagrams and illustrations, comprehension quizzes, and unit tests. Experiments are suggested and explained but not specifically covered in the lessons.

  • Lesson One: Introduction to Life Sciences, the Scientific Method, important principles and relationships in Life Sciences, and presenting data
  • Lesson Two: Mathematical skills in Life Sciences
  • Lesson Three: The chemistry of life an molecules for life
  • Lesson Four: Inorganic compounds
  • Lesson Five: Organic compounds and vitamins
  • Lesson Six: Recommended Dietary Allowance
  • Lesson Seven: Cells and their molecular make up
  • Lesson Eight: Cell structure and function
  • Lesson Nine: Cell organelles
  • Lesson Ten: Review
  • Lesson Eleven: Cell division and the cell cycle
  • Lesson Twelve: The role of mitosis
  • Lesson Thirteen: Cancer
  • Lesson Fourteen: Review
  • Lesson Fifteen: Overview of plant and animal tissues
  • Lesson Sixteen: Plant tissues
  • Lesson Seventeen: Animal tissues
  • Lesson Eighteen: The leaf as an organ
  • Lesson Nineteen: Support and transport systems in plants and anatomy of dicotyledonous plants
  • Lesson Twenty: Transpiration
  • Lesson Twenty-One: Wilting and guttation
  • Lesson Twenty-Two: Uptake of water and minerals in the roots
  • Lesson Twenty-Three: Support systems in animals and a look at skeletons
  • Lesson Twenty-Four: Human skeleton and musculoskeletal tissues
  • Lesson Twenty-Five: Human locomotion and Muscle structure and function
  • Lesson Twenty-Six: Diseases
  • Lesson Twenty-Seven: Introduction to transport systems in animals and circulatory systems
  • Lesson Twenty-Eight: Lymphatic circulatory system
  • Lesson Twenty-Nine: Cardiovascular diseases
  • Lesson Thirty: Treatment of heart diseases
  • Lesson Thirty-One: Biosphere and biomes
  • Lesson Thirty-Two: Environment and ecosystems
  • Lesson Thirty-Three: Energy flow and nutrient cycles
  • Lesson Thirty-Four: Ecotourism
  • Lesson Thirty-Five: Biodiversity and classification schemes
  • Lesson Thirty-Six: Five kingdom system
  • Final Exam

Students who complete all assignments and tests may earn one full academic credit. As always, please check your own state’s academic requirements.

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