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Biology

Biology

Vision

Our Vision is to ignite a passion for science in our students and transform them into critical thinkers and well- rounded individuals while maintaining ethical and moral standards. We prepare our students to become decision makers, resilient and confident to thrive in a globalized and data-rich world. The students will grow into life-long learners, compassionate leaders, faithful stewards, and scientifically literate citizens.

 

 

Mission

The Science Department’s Mission is to present science as a rational and systematic observation of natural phenomena, and to instigate science literacy and inquiry in our students. We stress the importance of critical thinking and logical reasoning using various skills such as observation, comparison, experimentation, inferences and data manipulation. Students are empowered to write and speak thoughtfully with the use of proper terminologies, skills, and competencies. In science, students express their ideas and generate unbiased new ones.

 

Additionally, we introduce the students to interdisciplinary topics hoping they will develop and extend their interest and enthusiasm towards their environment and society. The Science curriculum promotes the learning of the principles of natural sciences such as physics, chemistry, biology, geology, astronomy, and ecology. The students experience science in varied, enjoyable and engaging ways. The Science Department is committed to the concept that science encompasses practical and hands-on applications in order to be understood in a larger holistic and cultural context. It is through inquiry that students can view science as an interdisciplinary study applicable to society.

 

Course Description

 

Intermediate

Intermediate science is a basic introduction to important topics needed for higher grade levels. The course covers different fields of Science including physics, chemistry, biology and ecology.

In physics, students learn about motion and velocity, Newton’s laws, and forces. In chemistry students learn about matter and its states, changes in matter, mixtures and solutions, and physical and chemical changes. In ecology, students learn about conserving natural resources and pollution. In Biology, students learn about living cells and cell division, basics of genetics, and some human body systems.

N. B. The physics and chemistry parts are till grade 7. In grade 8, the courses are separate

 

Secondary Division

The Biology course in the secondary division is organized around the following themes: matter and energy, structure and function, stability and change, and human body systems.

The course deals with chemicals of life, enzymes and energy, DNA replication and expression, cell cycle and division, genetics and human inheritance, genetic engineering, evolution and diversity, taxonomy and classification, and animal behavior. Additionally, the human physiology theme includes digestion and nutrition, reproduction and development, endocrine and hormonal regulation, neurophysiology, immunology, the integumentary, the skeletal, and the muscular systems.

 

 

IBDP

The aim of this course is to cover the relationship of structure and function at all levels of complexity. In IBDPI, students will learn about the cell theory, different types of cells and their structures, the chemistry and function of different biological molecules. Students will also learn about genetics, some human physiology, and ecology and evolution

In IBDPII, students will learn about some cell processes. They will continue their learning on more human body systems. Higher level students will dwell more on other human body systems and they will also learn about plant physiology