the student will be able to : compare and contrast prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells;
: investigate and explain cellular processes, including homeostasis, energy conversions, transport of molecules, and synthesis of new molecules; and
: compare the structures of viruses to cells, describe viral reproduction, and describe the role of viruses in causing diseases such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and influenza.
describe the stages of the cell cycle, including deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) replication and mitosis, and the importance of the cell cycle to the growth of organisms;
analyze and evaluate how evidence of common ancestry among groups is provided by the fossil record, biogeography, and homologies, including anatomical, molecular, and developmental;
: analyze and evaluate scientific explanations concerning the complexity of the cell.
categorize organisms using a hierarchical classification system based on similarities and differences shared among groups; and
: compare characteristics of taxonomic groups, including archaea, bacteria, protists, fungi, plants, and animals.
compare the structures and functions of different types of biomolecules, including carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids;
: analyze and evaluate the evidence regarding formation of simple organic molecules and their organization into long complex molecules having information such as the DNA molecule for self-replicating life.