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SCI 105/106


  • Course ID:SCI 105/106
  • Semesters:2
  • Department:Biology
  • Course Rank:Required
  • Teachers:Dave Fornaciari

Description and Objectives

The ninth grade biology program has as its major goals the development of logical thinking, the ability to solve problems, and the defense of the culture of life.  This is a general biology course and a vast array of topics will be covered.


Cells, Energetics, Genetics, Evolution, Ecology, Human Biology, Plants

Topics by Quarter

Quarter 1:

  • Experimental design
  • Cell structure and function
  • Passive and Active transport
  • Photosynthesis
  • Respiration

Quarter 2:

  • Cell reproduction
  • Mendel’s Genetics
  • Protein synthesis
  • DNA technology

Quarter 3:

  • Evolution/Intelligent Design
  • Community ecology
  • Ecosystems
  • Brain biology and addiction

Quarter 4:

  • Circulation and respiration systems
  • Immune system
  • Digestive and excretory systems reproductive systems


Biology by Glencoe ISBN 978-0-07-677428-9

Course Requirements

Grades will be determined by tests, quizzes, homework, notebook checks,  projects, labs, graded essays, and class participation.  In an 8 week period there will be a minimum of 10 graded assignments and some of these will be weighted differently.  Students who SCORE  C-  or lower on a test or quiz may stay after on a designated day to receive extra credit and there will be general extra credit on some topics. Extra credit occurs only on one day as designated by the teacher but extra help is available on any day the teacher is available.Please note extra credit is for the student who does not owe work.

Successful Students

From my observations, the greatest challenge for a student in a high school science is the need to do consistent work over the entire quarter.  Success in the course will depend on a student’s motivation, consistent daily preparation, reading ability, organizational skills, attentiveness, and the ability to think abstractly.  These skills, at the present time, may not be at their peak, but the student’s willingness todevelop and apply them throughout the year is essential  for a positive learning experience.

All the general homework in a given quarter counts 20% of the report card grade.  Nightly homework is graded on a completion basis and it must be complete to receive credit. Students are expected to complete even those challenging questions that may require extra thought and reading and at least put down a best educated guess.  In this way students develop the habit of completing work and become accustomed to be self-reliant learners. Doing an ordinary task in an extrodinary way is habit forming. Your support in this area will show promising benefits. Students who do not pass in satisfactory homework will receive an after school detention. Athletes and participants of other extra curricular activities  are expected to get work in on time.

Additional Resources

As parents you can monitor your boy’s progress by checking their notebooks, folder, assignment pad, and their homework. When your child is absent be sure to have him stay to make up work. Upon his return to class the student is expected to participate in all activities unless a note is presented to me and signed by a parent.  Work for a 1-day absence should be made up in 2 days and for an extended absence make up work should be completed within 5 days.