Sample High School Biology Curriculum Map

Below is a sample High School Biology curriculum map.

Inquiry: The lessons should be organized into a conceptual framework that allows students to move from what they already know about scientific inquiry, or think they know, to gaining a more complete and accurate perspective on the nature of scientific inquiry.

Cells: should cover the structural and functional units of all living organisms.

Body Systems: in order to completely understand the effects different medications, diseases, events have on the human body, it is important to better understand the "systems of the human body."

Genetics: cover the molecular structure and function of genes, with gene behavior in the context of a cell or organism, with patterns of inheritance from parent to offspring, and with gene distribution, variation and change in populations.

Reproduction: focus on the biological process by which new "offspring" individual organisms are produced from their "parents". Reproduction is a fundamental feature of all known life; each individual organism exists as the result of reproduction. The known methods of reproduction are broadly grouped into two main types: sexual and asexual.

Evolution: focus that change over time in one or more inherited traits found in populations of organisms. Inherited traits are particular distinguishing characteristics, including anatomical, biochemical or behavioral characteristics, that are passed on from one generation to the next.

Ecology: focus on the study of the relations that living organisms have with respect to each other and their natural environment. Variables of interest to ecologists include the composition, distribution, amount (biomass), number, and changing states of organisms within and among ecosystems.

Human Impact: in the past, human interaction with nature, although often having a disruptive effect on nature, however, human pressure on natural environments is greater than before in terms of magnitude and efficiency in disrupting nature and natural landscapes.