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IB Biology Syllabus Outline

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Topic 1 – Statistical Analysis

Unit 1.1 – Statistical Analysis

 

Topic 2 – Cells

Unit 2.1 – Cell Theory

Unit 2.2 – Prokaryotic Cells

Unit 2.3 – Eukaryotic Cells

Unit 2.4 – Membranes

Unit 2.5 – Cell Division

 

Topic 3 – The Chemistry of Life

Unit 3.1 – Chemical Elements and Water

Unit 3.2 – Carbohydrates, Lipids and Proteins

Unit 3.3 – DNA Structure

Unit 3.4 – DNA Replication

Unit 3.5 – Transcription and Translation

Unit 3.6 – Enzymes

Unit 3.7 – Cell Respiration

Unit 3.8 – Photosynthesis

 

Topic 4 – Genetics

Unit 4.1 – Chromosomes, Genes, Alleles and Mutations

Unit 4.2 – Meiosis Unit 4.3 – Theoretical Genetics

Unit 4.3 – Theoretical Genetics

Unit 4.4 – Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology

 

Topic 5 – Ecology and Evolution

Unit 5.1 – Communities and ecosystems

Unit 5.2 – The Greenhouse Effect

Unit 5.3 – Populations

Unit 5.4 – Evolution

Unit 5.5 – Classification

 

Topic 6 – Human Health and Physiology

Unit 6.1 – Digestion

Unit 6.2 – The Transport System

Unit 6.3 – Defence Against Infectious Disease

Unit 6.4 – Gas Exchange

Unit 6.5 – Nerves, Hormones and Homeostasis

Unit 6.6 – Reproduction

 

Higher Level Topics:

Topic 7 – Nucleic Acids and Proteins

Unit 7.1 – DNA Structure

Unit 7.2 – DNA Replication

Unit 7.3 – Transcription

Unit 7.4 – Translation

Unit 7.5 – Proteins

Unit 7.6 – Enzymes

 

Topic 8 – Cell Respiration and Photosynthesis

Unit 8.1 – Cell Respiration

Unit 8.2 – Photosynthesis

 

Topic 9 – Plant Science

Unit 9.1 – Plant Structure and Growth

Unit 9.2 – Transport in Angiospermophytes

Unit 9.3 – Reproduction in Angiospermophytes

 

Topic 10 – Genetics

Unit 10.1 – Meiosis

Unit 10.2 – Dihybrid Crosses and Gene Linkage

Unit 10.3 – Polygenic Inheritance

 

Topic 11 – Human Health and Physiology

Unit 11.1 – Defence Against Infectious Disease

Unit 11.2 – Muscles and Movement

Unit 11.3 – The Kidney

Unit 11.4 – Reproduction

 

Standard Level Options:

Option A – Human Nutrition and Health

Unit A.1 – Components of the Human Diet*

Unit A.2 – Energy in Human Diets*

Unit A.3 – Special Issues in Human Nutrition*

 

Option B – Physiology of Exercise

Unit B.1 – Muscles and Movement*

Unit B.2 – Training and the Pulmonary System*

Unit B.3 – Training and the Cardiovascular System*

Unit B.4 – Exercise and Respiration*

Unit B.5 – Fitness and Training*

Unit B.6 – Injuries*

 

Option C – Cells and Energy

Unit C.1 – Proteins*

Unit C.2 – Enzymes*

Unit C.3 – Cell Respiration*

Unit C.4 – Photosynthesis*

 

Standard and Higher Level Options:

Option D – Evolution

Unit D.1 – Origin of Life on Earth*

Unit D.2 – Species and Speciation*

Unit D.3 – Human Evolution*

Unit D.4 – The Hardy-Weinberg Principle (HL)*

Unit D.5 – Phylogeny and Systematics (HL)*

 

Option E – Neurobiology and Behaviour

Unit E.1 – Stimulus and Response

Unit E.2 – Perception of Stimuli

Unit E.3 – Innate and Learned Behaviour

Unit E.4 – Neurotransmitters and Synapses

Unit E.5 – The Human Brain (HL)

Unit E.6 – Further Studies of Behaviour (HL)

 

Option F – Microbes and Biotechnology

Unit F.1 – Diversity of Microbes*

Unit F.2 – Microbes and the Environment*

Unit F.3 – Microbes and Biotechnology*

Unit F.4 – Microbes and Food Production*

Unit F.5 – Metabolism of Microbes (HL)*

Unit F.6 – Microbes and Disease (HL)*

 

Option G – Ecology and Conservation

Unit G.1 – Community Ecology

Unit G.2 – Ecosystems and Biomes

Unit G.3 – Impacts of Humans on Ecosystems

Unit G.4 – Conservation of Biodiversity (HL)

Unit G.5 – Population Ecology (HL)

 

Higher Level Options:

 

Option H – Further Human Physiology

Unit H.1 – Hormonal Control*

Unit H.2 – Digestion*

Unit H.3 – Absorption of Digested Foods*

Unit H.4 – Functions of the Liver*

Unit H.5 – The Transport System*

Unit H.6 – Gas Exchange*