This course will explain how you were born. In other words, how did get 46 chromosomes? What does your DNA do (or code for)? What factors influence our DNA expression? What new technologies are changing our DNA? Do mutations give you super powers?
Topics include DNA, protein synthesis, mutations, sexual & asexual reproduction, genetic technologies, and epigenetics. Many concepts will be taught using medical applications. Labs include online gizmos, designing an experiment to see the effect of the environment on plants/insects, and some paper lab activities.
This is a great course to help learners transition to high school Biology.
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Covered:
MS-LS1-4. Use argument based on empirical evidence and scientific reasoning to support an explanation for how characteristic animal behaviors and specialized plant structures affect the probability of successful reproduction of animals and plants respectively.
MS-LS1-5. Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how environmental and genetic factors influence the growth of organisms.
MS-LS3-1. Develop and use a model to describe why structural changes to genes (mutations) located on chromosomes may affect proteins and may result in harmful, beneficial, or neutral effects to the structure and function of the organism.
MS-LS3-2. Develop and use a model to describe why asexual reproduction results in offspring with identical genetic information and sexual reproduction results in offspring with genetic variation.
MS-LS4-5. Gather and synthesize information about technologies that have changed the way humans influence the inheritance of desired traits in organisms.