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Madison Metropolitan School District

Biology 2

SCI1053 and/or SCI1054

Students may enroll in either semester for 1/2 credit or, preferably, both semesters for a full credit. Designed for motivated students interested in a career in science, this course emphasizes analytical and integrative thinking skills. Students are expected to use a foundation of biological and chemical principles to critically analyze data while they examine a variety of topics at a variety of levels in order to reveal principles common to all living systems. Laboratory experimentation is integrated with discussion of issues and concepts. Some first semester topics include: experimental design, pharmacology, Ethno-botany, hormone function, feedback loops, metabolism and aging. Second-semester topics include: a study of the human brain involving clinical disorders, cellular circuitry, and the action of drugs on nerve cell function. The “nature vs. nurture” debate is examined from a biological perspective focusing on intelligence, brain development, and the causes of some personality traits. Modern evolution, plant and animal co-evolution, and the evolution of intelligence are also covered.

  • Recommended Grades: 10-12
  • Course Number: SCI1053 and/or SCI1054
  • Credits: 1/2 credit (each semester)
  • Note: Elective; Students may enroll in either semester for 1/2 credit or, preferably, both semesters for a full credit.