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SBI3U Biology

Course Description & Rationale

This course furthers students’ understanding of the processes that occur in biological systems. Students will study theory and conduct investigations in the areas of biodiversity; evolution; genetic processes; the structure and function of animals; and the anatomy, growth, and function of plants. The course focuses on the theoretical aspects of the topics under study, and helps students refine skills related to scientific investigation.

The purpose of Science at Guido de Brès is to develop students’ ability to be reflective, critical, and creative thinkers, as well as discerning believers, who can apply their knowledge to the world around them. This involves developing a sense of awe for the ordered and intricate nature of Creation while understanding the potentials and limitations of Creation and of science’s ability to explain and use it. Students will develop their understanding of the relationships between science, technology, and society. There will be an emphasis on personal responsibility in making wise decisions regarding the use of nature, science and technology for ethical and stewardly reasons – in using them to God’s glory. Through all of this, students will be encouraged to have a curiosity, intrigue and enjoyment in studying God’s Creation, especially as it relates to the student’s everyday life.   In addition to these general goals, Biology 11 will also encourage students to: 

  • Investigate the interdependence of science and worldviews
  • Recognize signs of God’s ongoing providence in the biological world
  • Discuss and analyze ethical situations in genetics
  • Identify situations demonstrating the devolution of creation, such as mutations in genes
  • Discuss and analyze the theories of evolution – micro vs macro, vs theistic
  • Analyze the theory of intelligent design and its recognizable characteristics- beauty, patterns, and purpose

Course Content:


 Diversity of Living Things
 Taxonomy & Classification
 The Six Kingdoms of Life
 Bacteria & Viruses
 Fossils and icons of evolution
 Mutations and mechanisms
 Gradualism and punctuated equilibrium
 Intelligent Design

 Genetic Processes
 Mendel’s Laws
 Genetic Crossing
 Mitosis and Meiosis

 Animals: Structure and Function
 Respiration & Circulation

 Plants: Anatomy, Growth and Function
 Structure & Function
 ISU Plant Project  

 Exam Review  

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