The Connecticut science standards are listed below in no particular order of presentation. However, the appropriate grade level for the content standards to be taught is solely reliant upon when Biology is taught within the particular high school.
D.40 - Explain how the process of genetic mutation and natural selection are related to the evolution of species. This standard is addressed through the discussion of why genetic variability is important. Students must be able to connect genetics to evolution to show how both microbes and humans have evolved over time to display the most favorable traits necessary for survival.
D.42 - Describe how structural and behavioral adaptations increase the changes for organisms to survive in their environments. This standard is addressed when students research their infectious disease pathogen. Also, it is necessary to know when discussing treatment options for patients and comparing bacteria to viruses.
D.43 - Describe the factors that affect the carrying capacity of the environment. This is particularly important in helping students recognize the impact of infectious diseases on the human population. Example graphs of human populations impacted by diseases would help students visualize the harmfulness of infectious diseases.
D.45 - Explain how technological advances have affected the size and growth rate of human populations throughout history. This standard connects with CT Standard D.43 because it shows students that through science research and experimentation, technology has grown for its importance in helping the human species to survive.
D.32 - Describe how bacterial and viral infectious diseases are transmitted, and explain the roles of sanitation, vaccination and antibiotic medications in the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases. This standard is the foundation of the debate between the students and synthesizes all of the content learned in the unit so that students may be able to demonstrate how to use information to create well informed decisions on their lives.