In this episode you’ll learn about the Biology course of the Ron Paul Curriculum. Richard Emmons interviews instructor Jacob Bear. This course is targeted at 10th graders.

Freedom Quote

“Each man is the architect of his own fate.” ~Appius Claudius, Roman Statesman, 300 B.C.

Course Overview of Biology

On Mondays through Thursdays students watch a daily video lesson and read research reports and articles which expand on the day’s lecture topic. The reading focuses on the thought processes and experiments which led to the information that is discussed in the videos. There will be a quiz or an essay assignment each Friday.

One goal of the course is to teach students how to think like a biologist or researcher. Biology has daily implications for our health and is at the center of many political issues. Students learn to think clearly in the face of emotional messages broadcast by the media. By following a scientific line of reasoning, a student will be able to dismiss most of the rhetoric, and know how to deal with the facts.

Topics covered in the course include:

  • Ecology (Interaction between Sun and Earth)
  • Chemistry
  • Cells and DNA
  • Genetics
  • Domains and Kingdom
  • Ecology (Populations and Communities)
  • Plant physiology
  • Animal physiology
  • Human physiology

This course prepares students to take the AP and CLEP Biology examinations.

You can click here to learn more about this course and the Ron Paul Curriculum.

Current Educational Journey

A life long learner, Jacob rode the Appian Way in Rome on his bike. Now he is researching the building of this road by Appius Claudius in 312 BC for a forthcoming book.

What If I’d Had the RPC

“I would not have been slowed down in class and could have learned at my own pace. If the Ron Paul Curriculum had been available I could have graduated from high school a couple years sooner and finished college a lot faster.”

Advice to Parents

Keep on learning. Take the Ron Paul Curriculum courses along with your kids.

Advice to Students

Try to cultivate your curiosity and ask lots of questions. Use the RPC forums.

Recommended Book

The Choose Yourself Guide To Wealth by James Altucher. You can purchase this book at

Success Habit

Getting up early in the morning to work on something important.

About the Instructor

Jacob Bear_200Jacob Bear earned a bachelors degree in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz. While in college, he worked for the world-class botanist Ray Collett in the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum. He also did restoration work in various California State Parks as a volunteer.Since 2010 Jacob Bear has taught biology at a pilot school in Los Angeles.

Jacob encourages his students to get out of the classroom and explore the real world. You can learn more at Jacob’s website,

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