Biology Syllabus

Biology Course Outline

2016-2017 Mr. Cleary

Course Outline:

Unit 1 –Matter and Energy in The Universe

Stars, Electromagnetic Radiation, Light

The Origins of the Universe

Unit 2- Matter and Energy in Organisms

The Chemistry of Life


Cellular Respiration and Fermentation

Unit 2 – Matter and Energy in Ecosystems

The Biosphere

Ecosystems and Communities


Humans in the Biosphere

Unit 3 – Cell Structure and Function In Multicellular Organisms

Cell Structure and Function

Cell Growth and Division

Unit 4 – Inheritance and Variation of Traits

Introduction to Genetics


RNA and Protein Synthesis

Human Heredity

Genetic Engineering

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Physical Science

Grading System:Grades will be based on assignments, daily work, lab reports, projects, quizzes (may be unannounced), tests, and daily grade or participation points.

The grading scale is as follows:                             Grading Categories  

                       94 – 100                      A             Homework                                                                        20%     

                       86 – 93                        B              Lab Questions and Activities                                       20%

                       77 – 85                        C              Lab Reports, Papers, Projects, and Other               30%

                       70 – 76                        D             Tests and Quizzes                                                            30%

                       Below 70                     F                            

Assignments are due at the beginning of class on the specified date.  Late work will receive a grade penalty of up to %50 off.

Student Expectations

I can be Respectful.

  • I can treat others with kindness.

  • I can show compassion and empathy.

  • I can be in my assigned seat when the bell rings and be ready to begin class.

  • I can act with respect toward others, for other’s property, and for myself.

  • I can listen to others’ ideas and wait until it’s my turn to speak.

I can be Responsible.

  • I can bring all required materials to class - this includes 3-ring binder, pencil, books, assignments, etc. and a good attitude.

  • I can complete my assignments in a timely manner.

  • I can follow directions the first time.

  • I can take initiative.

I can take ownership of my learning and Advocate for myself.

  • I can ask for help when needed.

  • I can use mistakes to help me learn.

  • I can seek resources to enhance my learning.

  • I can challenge myself and take risks.

  • I can try my best every day.

I can Collaborate with my peers and others.

  • I can work with others in a team.

  • I can communicate through various means.

  • I can work with others to solve problems.

  • I can encourage others to fulfill their potential.

I can Persevere and try my Best every day.

  • I can try every day to do the best that I can.

  • I can set goals, determine how to achieve these goals, and set deadlines.

  • I can evaluate my progress toward meeting my goals on a daily basis.

  • I can stay on task and perform those activities which are asked of me.

  • I can strive to never give up.

Requirements: Students should have a 3-ring binder to put notes, handouts, homework, and tests in.  It’s recommended for the binder be organized and labeled either chronologically according to units and chapters or by sections such as notes, assignments, homework, tests and quizzes, and other.

Contact Mr. Cleary- e-mail is a good method to contact me.

School Phone: 309-379-5911 ext. 9311