This is a college-prep, general biology course which will provide students with a solid background in biology. There will be hands-on laboratory/class exercises throughout the year. Classes may be a combination of lecture, note-taking, labs, and class discussions/exercises. Students will be required to keep a binder with notes, labs, quizzes/tests, worksheets, and other assignments. Students will be given assignments each week (e.g., reading assignments, projects, lab reports, worksheets, etc.). These are required in order for students to fully participate in class and understand the material being presented. There will also be regular quizzes and end of semester exams, some of which may be completed at home to best utilize our class time.
Please note: Evolution will be discussed briefly during the school year as it pertains to how taxonomy is organized. However, at no time will the evolution of humans (or any organism) be taught as a subject during this course. Terms such as “mutation(s)” and “adaptation(s)” will be taught and used in many units of study as it relates to genetics and differences in organisms. These terms will not be presented as evolution.
Approximate Number of Home Study Hours per Week: 5+
This class will count for 1.0 High School Science credit, with labs. This class may count as an Honors Level class for students in 9th grade or higher AND with instructor permission – additional work and a consistent higher level of performance throughout the school year will be required for this designation.
- 1 inch 3-ring binder with dividers
- Folder of your choice (with pockets)
- Pens or pencils
- Colored pencils
- A pair of clear safety goggles if desired for dissection labs (approx. 4-5)
- Access to the internet (Facebook will be used for updates, assignments, etc.)
- Biology (Dragonfly edition) By Miller & Levine