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David Green


Fundamentals of Biology

Text: Biology for Christian Schools (Second Edition). William S. Pinkston, Jr. Bob Jones University Press; Greensville, SC 29614, 1991.

Course Description:

The goal of this course is to give students an appreciation for Godís work of creation in the creatures He has made. Most of our time will be devoted to developing a comprehensive grasp of the field of Biology, but undergirding the whole will be a Biblical world-view. At times attention will be given explicitly to how the scriptures inform our understanding of nature, and the students will be instructed to approach the text critically.

This course will provide an introduction to the whole field of Biology. Specifically, it will survey the fields of Cytology, Microbiology, Genetics, Botany, Zoology, and Physiology. It is aimed toward diligent ninth and tenth graders, but is suitable for ambitious eighth graders and would adequately fulfill a science course for an upperclassman not planning to major in the sciences. Those planning to major in the sciences should also consider taking Advanced Biology after having completed a chemistry course.

The first quarter will cover organic molecules, the cell, evolution, classification, viruses, bacteria, and protists. The second quarter topics will be genetics and the plant kingdom, covering the major phyla, morphology, and systems. A short paper (2-4 pages) will be required on one group of plants. The third quarter will cover the animal kingdom, again discussing both morphology and major physiological systems, and the fourth will cover human anatomy and physiology. A major paper (8-15 pages) will be required near the end of the course on one biome. Quizzes may be given weekly, and an exam will be given at the end of each quarter. At least four labs will be conducted, mainly focusing on dissection.

The course will meet every week for 1.5 hours, with labs scheduled for an additional 2 hours. The class period will be a modified lecture, with significant interaction required from the students. It will focus on aspects of the lesson that are difficult to grasp or especially critical to understand, but will not necessarily cover everything in the text. Students will be responsible for everything covered in the class and the text. Most of the grade will come from the exams. Quizzes, when given, all together will not be worth more than 10% of the grade. In the second quarter the paper will be worth 15%. The major paper will be due on the last class of April, and will contribute 20% to each of the last two quarters. Homework will consist of studying the text and class material, and will not be collected or graded. The expected study time is one hour each day.

Prerequisites:

There are no formal prerequisites for this course, but completion of a full Junior High curriculum is assumed. Students should have a basic acquaintance with Junior High science including simple atomic and molecular structure as well as basic plant and animal studies. The reason that most of the grade comes from the exams is the focus on mastering the content. Students will be expected to understand and remember the course material and be able to demonstrate this on an exam. Students who are not accustomed to examinations may need assistance from their parents at first in preparing for them.

 

Instructor: C. David Green

B.A. in Natural Sciences, Biology emphasis: The Johns Hopkins University.
M.Div.: Westminster Theological Seminary
Ordained Minister in the Presbyterian Church in America
Taught the above course to home schoolers in the Lehigh Valley and New Jersey.
Home schooling for 16 years.
Extensive teaching experience with Junior High and college-age students in Sunday School and campus ministry settings.

Fees:

$10 per class, payable on a monthly basis at the beginning of the month. There will be a lab fee, to be determined, but not to exceed $50, due on the first class. This will cover lab materials. If these arrangements are difficult for anyone, Mr. Green is willing to discuss alternate payment methods.

Contact: Mr. Green may be reached at:

631 Fourth Avenue
Bethlehem, PA 18018-5558
610-691-0988 (office)
610-868-5423 (home) 

E-mail: SDGI@cdgreen.org
Web Site: www.cdgreen.org/SDGI