An IB, or International Baccalaureate, biology syllabus includes a statement of student expectations and goals along with a list of the eleven topics covered in the course. The syllabus includes assessment statements and objectives for each separate topic.
An International Baccalaureate biology syllabus begins with student expectations and goals. These goals include performing basic arithmetic functions, recognizing basic geometric shapes, carrying out basic calculations within a biological context, using standard notation and using direct and inverse proportion. The first of the eleven topics listed in the syllabus is statistical analysis. The assessment standards for this topic include stating that error bars are a graphical representation of the variability of data. The second topic is cells, and it includes the assessment statements outlining cell theory and discussing the evidence for cell theory. The third topic is the chemistry of life, which is supported by statements outlining the thermal, cohesive and solvent properties of water. The fourth topic, genetics, is broken into multiple subtopics, including meiosis. The fifth topic is ecology and is also broken into multiple subtopics, including the greenhouse effect. The sixth topic is human health and physiology, which is broken into multiple subtopics. The remainder of syllabus is considered higher level and includes the following topics: nucleic acids and proteins, cell respiration and photosynthesis, plant science, genetics and human health and physiology.