Chemistry for Life Sciences Curriculum

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  1. Teacher234

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    Hello.
    Yes, I teach in an elementary school. However, I am still quite curious about this matter.

    I was looking through our high school district curriculum guide (I was bored, so why not....I mean, I used to high school) and came to the course "Chemistry for Life Sciences".
    I am not very familiar with this course, so I did some research. I looked at the Chem teacher's webpages and pages of google, but still can't find any information regarding the curriculum for Chem for Life Sci.
    I would like to know about the course and its curriculum. I could not even find a syllabus for the course.
    Please help.
     
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    You are going to want to start with the polar molecules, what makes them so important. Then you will want to discover why carbon is considered one of the cornerstones of organic chemistry, so much so that is is considered a necessary component of organic compounds. There is an excellent Good Eats explanation of the importance of the polar molecules, and the two episodes are Water Works, and Water Works 2. Generally, chemistry for life sciences is incorporated into the biology course, including properties of water, the bonding capabilities of carbon, and the basics about atoms and how they bond with other atoms. That part is essential to all science. How much depth you go into is dependent on the level of the students.
     
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    Thank you for giving me information about the course. I believe the high school course is for 11th grade students. The course description states that the course includes biochemistry, pharmacology, and medicine. That is it. So, I would like to know a more specific outline for the year.
     
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    My suggestion, since I am from NJ, is to google NJ Curriculum Guide Science for the grade level you are interested in. You will find many districts that post their most curriculum guides, which would probably help you find what you are looking for. Should you be looking in NJ, you will want guides that access the NGSS guides, or the NJ SLO guides. I am not familiar with other states. That said, I doubt that you could go too far wrong using the NGSS curriculum guides for your specific grade levelas, and the mosre current, the better.
     
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