A junior boarding and day school for boys in grades six, seven, eight, and nine

Science - Sixth Form

Biology introduces students to the underlying structures and processes of living organisms.  The course begins at the atomic level where students gain an understanding of organic building blocks, chemical bonding, and the functions of the major organic compounds. Building from this foundation, students evaluate characteristics of living organisms, analyzing cell structure, function, and metabolism. Connections are developed between genetics, heredity, and evolution. Modern lab techniques are introduced including DNA electrophoresis and genetics transformation. The ecology unit uncovers the connections between organisms and their environment, as students and teachers explore the pond, woods, and streams on campus. The year concludes with an exploration of complex organisms through dissection, analyzing body systems, and observing adaptations.

Text: Miller and Levine Biology, On Level,  ISBN#: 0133669513