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Georgia Biology Standards

Instructor: Shelby Golden
Georgia offers biology as a high school course. Make sure you understand the standards that guide this class by checking out this article. Find out what students will learn in class and explore study options that can help them master these scientific concepts.

Biology Standards in Georgia

Georgia designed the standards for high school biology in accordance with the National Science Education Standards developed by the National Research Council (NRC). Georgia science standards include performance standards that will focus on applying scientific skills, as well as content standards that deal with the study of scientific information. These two forms of standards are applied together, along with reading standards, to provide a well-rounded educational experience.

Biology Performance Standards

There are two main performance standard areas:

Characteristics of Science

This portion of the performance standards deals with the importance of students keeping an open mind as they study biology. Additionally, students will work on developing hypotheses and steps for finding solutions to scientific problems. They will also utilize scientific tools, technology and safety practices.

Students will display their ability to use computational skills and examine data. They will also utilize skills in written and spoken communication through activities such as creating lab reports, taking part in group discussions and creating presentations.

The Nature of Science

The development of scientific knowledge will be considered in this class. Students will also go over the process of scientific inquiry, including the steps for assessing data and identifying the importance of peer review. They will learn about managing experimental conditions and explore science's ultimate goal, which is gaining comprehension of the cosmos in a non-prejudice manner.

Biology Content Standards

In this class, students will study a wide range of topics. They will examine the functions and structures of cells, by focusing on:

  • Cell organelles, including the cell membrane
  • Enzymes
  • Macromolecules
  • Osmosis and diffusion

They'll also examine the following information about biological traits:

  • RNA and DNA
  • Meiosis
  • Changes in DNA
  • DNA technology
  • Sexual and asexual reproduction

Class time will be spent on learning about:

  • Photosynthesis and respiration
  • Structure and function of different organisms
  • Classification systems
  • Viruses

They'll find out more about ecosystems by studying:

  • The various relationships in biomes
  • Matter and energy in an ecosystem
  • Humans and the environment
  • Plant and animal adaptations

Additionally, students focus on the theory of evolution by considering:

  • Fossil and biochemical evidence
  • Natural selection
  • Biological resistances

Biology Study Resources

Students can use this High School Biology Course to get some extra help with this subject. This online course gives students the chance to go over the information covered in class at their own pace. Students will be able to complete interactive quizzes to test their understanding of genetics, evolution and other biological subjects. There are biology experts available to help if students get stuck working on a particular topic.

Reading Content Standards

Reading standards are used in all classes in Georgia from middle school onward. These standards encourage students to improve their vocabulary. They also facilitate good study habits that can make classes easier. These standards involve:

  • Reading fictional, nonfictional and technical texts
  • Discussing what you read
  • Putting what you read into context

These online lessons on developing as a reader and a writer can help students improve their reading skills, and learn how to make connections between the texts that they read. This ensures that students are getting the most out of the time they spend reading for this class.

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