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    Saikin

       Chris Saikin
     
        BIOLOGY 
     
         Grades Taught: 9,11,12
     
         Conference Periods: A2 and B1
     
         Email: csaikin@houstonisd.org
     
         Phone: 713-741-2410
     
     
     Please visit www.houstonisd.org to find the HUB course page.
     
     
    PRE AP BIOLOGY

    Biology is the study of the structure, growth, and function of life systems of selected organisms.  This laboratory-oriented course will encompass historical contributions to biological concepts; energy production, transfer, and use in living system; and the interrelatedness of organisms with each other and with environments.
     
    Students acquire data using their senses and instrumentation.  Observations are made of living organisms in the environment, prepared specimens, various ecosystems, and inherited traits.  Student investigations emphasize accurate observations, collection of data, data analysis, and the safe manipulation of laboratory apparatus and materials in the field and the laboratory. 

    PreAP Biology includes advanced labs, inquiry based labs and more in-depth coverage of the topics covered in Magnet Biology.  Students can expect more essay type exam questions and multiple choice questions more in line with the type seen on the AP Biology exam. 
     

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT BIOLOGY

    AP Biology is the study of general biological principles as well as the more specialized biological sciences.  Cytology, biochemistry, developmental biology, genetics, ecology, taxonomy, and various aspects of adaptation are integrated within this laboratory-oriented course.  Relationship and applications of concepts within and among the various sciences are explored.  As an advanced course, Biology AP has as recommended prerequisites Biology and Chemistry I.  Biology AP and Chemistry may be taken concurrently.  
     
    Students acquire data by using their senses and instrumentation.  Student investigations should emphasize accurate observations, collection of data, data analysis, and the safe manipulation of laboratory apparatus and materials in the laboratory and field.