Alabama Course of Study
7th Life Science Standards

Students in 7th grade Science will:
1. Describe characteristics common to living things, including growth and development, reproduction, cellular organization, use of energy, exchange of gases, and response to the environment.
2. Identify functions of organelles found in eukaryotic cells, including the nucleus, cell membrane, cell wall, mitochondria, chloroplasts, and vacuoles.
3. Relate major tissues and organs of the skeletal, circulatory, reproductive, muscular, respiratory, nervous, and digestive systems to their functions.
4. Describe organisms in the six-kingdom classification system by their characteristics.
5. Identify major differences between plants and animals, including internal structures, external structures, methods of locomotion, methods of reproduction, and stages of development.
6. Describe evidence of species variation due to climate, changing landforms, interspecies interaction, and genetic mutation.
7. Describe biotic and abiotic factors in the environment.
8. Describe the function of chromosomes.
9. Identify the process of chromosome reduction in the production of sperm and egg cells during meiosis.
10. Identify differences between deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) and ribonucleic acid (RNA).
11. Identify Mendel’s laws of genetics.