Welcome to the NEW biologyforlife.com! Over the next week I will continue to move over all of the resources found on the previous version of the site. In the mean time, have a look around and tell me what you think! And, as always, if there is anything you need sooner, please email me and I can send materials as attachments. Thanks for your patience as I make this big transition in my site. Cheers! Gretel vB
Welcome to IB Biology! Biology for Life is designed for students enrolled in IB Biology at Skyline High School however teachers and students from around the world use the site as a reference. Before using any of the files available on this site, please familiarize yourself with the Creative Commons Attribution License. It prohibits the use of any material on this site for commercial purposes of any kind.
The IB Biology Higher Level (HL) course is outlined by the International Baccalaureate Organization. Objectives include studying the characteristics, unity, and diversity of living things; the concept of evolution as an explanation of unity and diversity; the nature of science as a human enterprise; collection, analysis and interpretation of data; and the application of biological concepts to new situations including those involving human society and populations. The aim of the course is to develop an understanding and appreciation of the vast array of biological knowledge. Check out the course info video!
Committing yourself to this course is one of the best decisions you have made. As part of your daily life you will be hearing about a wide variety of biology related topics in the news. Some recent stories involve national security (is bio-terrorism a reality?), emerging diseases (what damage could a pandemic flu cause?), environmental ills (are humans impacting global temperatures?), genetic discoveries (will human cloning become a reality), and so on. IB biology is designed to give you the analytical tools and content knowledge which will aid you as you grapple with these issues and others as you continue your scientific endeavors and fulfill your role as a citizen and future law maker.
Like it or not, biology will always be a part of your life. Even if this is the last science class you ever take, you will be forced to make decisions rooted in biology on a regular basis. This class will provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to understand scientific issues, and be able to make educated decisions about our society’s policies toward how science will continue to improve and affect our lives. I challenge you to appreciate science as a “process” by which we develop a better understanding of our world. You need to understand the fundamentals and basic significance of individual discoveries to understand and appreciate the changes, advances and improvements in science and technology. To this end I have established several goals. In this IB biology course, I hope you will:
IB Biology is a very challenging and demanding course. It requires a commitment of both time and personal energy to be successful. It is imperative that you prepare for class each day by spending time reviewing the previous day’s lesson. Also, do not procrastinate on your assignments and reviewing. The IB course is prepared with the goal of working at the college level. Remember that the challenge is good for you! My primary job is to help your learning. Ask questions. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. If you have any suggestions on how I can help enhance your learning experience, please talk to me.
Units of Study
Characteristics of Life
The Science of Biology
Proteins and Mutations
Metabolism & Enzymes
Classification & Phylogeny
Animal & Plant Diversity
Muscles and Movement