This is a high school level course based on the California state standards and can help prepare for the AP Biology and SAT II Biology Subject Test.
The Biology Sequence at QuantumCamp focuses on the basic concepts and theories in modern biology. Through a series of hypothesis-driven experiments, hands-on activities, and active independent studies, students are going to develop ideas on the following topics:
Using optical microscopes with magnification up to 1600x, students are going to investigate major cell types and their cellular structure. They are expected to unveil the cell cycle themselves without any information given by the instructor, just like scientists did when making discoveries from the 1920s to 1950s! The class will also explore major cell activities including proliferation, photosynthesis and respiration, differentiation, and cell aging and death.
From this course, students will find out why carbon is so unique in the chemistry of life. With a good understanding of carbon-centered chemical bonds, students will construct common macromolecules found in living things and explore the properties of these molecules.
In this course, students will follow Gregor Mendel and Thomas Morgan's discoveries in classic genetics into modern molecular genetics. Classic genetics studies Mendelian inheritance and the chromosome theory of inheritance developed by Morgan. DNA, RNA, protein and phenotype are the core concepts of molecular genetics, which studies the structure and function of genes at a molecular level.
The Advanced Biology sequence consists of three 30-hour workshops for a total of 90 hours of in-class material. Academic year sequences are held in 10 week classes each 3 hours long.
This sequence is designed to prepare students for success on the AP Biology exam and/or the SAT II Biology Subject Test.
Classes consist of hands-on activities, practice problems, and concept synthesis. Academic year students are required to complete a minimal amount of practice problems. Students seeking A-G fulfillment will need to work with their parent schools in order to have this course satisfy A-G requirements.