• Biology Syllabus


    Teacher            Mr. Sharp

    E-mail:             dsharp@basd.net

    Textbook         Biology: Exploring Life




                This course is designed to have students become more aware of the structures and unique properties of organisms.   Students will gain experience in the processes of science such as:  problem solving, conducting experiments based on scientific methods, and proper use of laboratory equipment.   



    This course encompasses the following topics: molecular and cellular biology, genetics, evolution, and ecological relationships.




    1. Be Respectful You have the right to an education, you do not have the right to interfere with education (yours or others).
      1. Speak with permission, raise your hand
      2. Stay in your assigned seat unless given permission to do otherwise
      3. Follow directions
    2. Be Prepared
      1. Bring to class each day: planner, 3-ring binder notebook, textbook, pen or pencil, and a desire to learn
      2. Complete all class assignments and homework diligently
      3. It is your responsibility to make up missed assignments and tests.  Schedule makeup deadlines with me as soon as you return.
      4. Late work will be accepted one day after it is due for a maximum of 50% credit.
    3. Do Your Best
    4. Have Fun



    Each assignment, lab, project, quiz, and test will be assigned a point value.  Final percentages will be calculated by dividing the total points you earned by the total points possible.

    The participation grade will be based on completion of assignments, quality of the notebook, and class time contribution.

    Extra credit work is generally not given.  If your grade is low, you need to focus more effort on the work that you already have instead of taking on additional work. 

    Any failed test may be retested within one week of test return. The two scores will be averaged with a maximum final score of 60%.


    Key Course Questions


    1.      How can scientific problem solving be used to understand natural

            phenomena? (3.2)

    2.      What characteristics distinguish living things from non-living things?(3.3)

    3.      In what ways are biological structures and functions dependent on

            chemical compounds and chemical reactions?(3.4, 3.3)

    4.      How do the structures and behaviors of an organism enable it to survive in its

             environment? (3.3)

    5.      How do organisms change and adapt over  time? (3.3)

    6.      What mechanisms are used to store and replicate genetic information of organisms? (3.3)

    7.      How do organisms obtain and utilize energy? (3.3, 3.1)

    8.      How do organisms maintain homeostasis through positive and negative feedback mechanisms? (3.3)

    9.      In what ways are organisms dependent upon other organisms for survival? (3.3, 4.6)

    10. What positive/negative impacts can scientific research and technological advance

    have on  society? (3.8)