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