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BIOLOGY 30 (Grade 12)

This Grade 12 Biology course is designed to cover the Saskatchewan Learning objectives for Biology 30. The textbook required to complete this course is Biology for Christian Schools (3rd Edition) published by Bob Jones University Press. This textbook comes in two volumes – both of which are required. The course, which covers a relatively large amount of material, and does so from a Biblical perspective, is divided into nine units, or workbooks.

This workbook series was developed for use by schools using an individualized, mastery-based learning system, and therefore comes with score keys, tests, and test keys.

Upon completion of each unit, the student should be able to:

Unit 1: The Chemical Basis of Life

  • express appreciation for the basic principles of chemistry which are involved in life processes
  • investigate the properties of carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins
  • describe the structure of nucleic acids

Unit 2: Cell Structure and Function

  • describe the structures and functions of cell components
  • explain how the processes of diffusion and active transport are accomplished in a cell

Unit 3: Photosynthesis and Respiration

  • explain in detail how the processes of photosynthesis and respiration are accomplished in a cell

Unit 4: Genetics, Part I

  • discuss the relationships among chromosomes, genes, and DNA

Unit 5: Genetics, Part II

  • explain the significance of Mendel’s experiments and observations, and the laws derived from them
  • explain incomplete dominance, multiple alleles, multiple gene interaction, and pleiotropy

Unit 6: Genetics, Part III

  • examine sex determination and sex-linked traits in the context of human genetics
  • discuss the similarities and differences between sex chromosomes and somatic chromosomes
  • describe the causes and effects of both chromosome and gene mutations
  • discuss several human genetic disorders
  • delineate the impact of biotechnology on our society

Unit 7: Organ Systems, Part I

  • describe how nutrients and oxygen are moved to the body cells
  • explain the functioning of the human circulation system

Unit 8: Organ Systems, Part II

  • describe the functions and functioning of nervous systems
  • explain how the human endocrine system influences body development and maintenance
  • compare reproductive strategies among animal phyla

Unit 9: Evolution

  • explain how the evolutionary theory unifies biology
  • recognize evidence of evolution
  • discuss how evolution proceeds
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