Honors Biology (Second Semester)

From: $90.00 / month for 5 months

Grades: 9th–12th

Live Class: Monday 4:00–5:00 p.m. ET

Dates: Jan 22–Apr 28

Price: $399

Instructor: Dr. Karen Joseph

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Course Description

Students are welcome to join the second semester of this Honors Biology course in progress.

This honors-level biology course is designed to prepare STEM interested students for college level sciences. This course includes labs.

If something affects everything you do, every single day of your entire life, it is probably worth learning about. That is true of the living things in our world. Honors Biology is the study of the intricate and complex systems that make life possible on our amazing planet. From the tiniest single-celled organisms to the largest mammals, we share our planet with diverse and fascinating life forms. They are everywhere and they affect us in amazing and wonderful ways.

In this honors-level course, we will learn about the basic unit of all living things – cells, and we will discover the ways that different cell types work together to form different organisms. We will discover the ways genes direct the construction and function of living things. Once a foundation is in place, we will take a deep dive into the worlds of microorganisms, plants, and animals, including human beings, as well as the ecosystems and communities that they inhabit.

Join me in Honors Biology as we learn about living things, the ways they interact with one another, and the impact they have on everything you do.

Course Structure

Honors Biology is designed for students with exceptional abilities and high achievement levels. We will cover the same subject matter as the Aim Academy biology course, but in more detail. Emphasis will be placed on collaborative learning and science process skills, such as formulating hypotheses, experimental design, and data collection and analysis.

Students in this course will complete daily computer graded quizzes, periodic teacher-graded quizzes and short essays, numerous lab experiments and projects, three to four lab reports, and one formal paper.

Who should enroll?

This class is for students in grades 9-12 who have exceptional abilities and high achievement levels. Contact Dr. Joseph with any questions regarding enrollment.

Technology Requirements

  • High speed, broadband Internet
  • Sound card, microphone, webcam (for live sessions)
  • Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lecture

Evaluation and Feedback

I respond to emails containing questions from students within 24 hours, and I make every attempt to grade assignments within 48 hours. Lab reports and longer essays are graded within one week.


Parents and students may contact me with any questions or concerns. My goal is to partner with you in your student’s education, so if at any time you have questions or concerns, my virtual door is open.

Required Texts


  • Prentice Hall Biology, Miller, Kenneth R, and Joseph S. Levine, 2008, (Dragonfly edition), ISBN 13: 978-0132013499
  • Some supplies are needed for experiments and activities. These will all be inexpensive items found in most kitchens or supermarkets. Estimated cost is between $20 and $30.


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Instructor Bio

Dr. Karen Joseph

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Dr. Karen Joseph earned her Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic. After working for several years, she began homeschooling her 3 children in 1989.  As a homeschooling mom, she has taught every subject at every grade level, but her favorite subject is science!  She taught science classes, ranging from Middle School Life Science and Earth Science to High School Biology to Honors Human Anatomy and Physiology at a Pennsylvania Public Cyber Charter School for 12 years. She was the recipient of the 2009 Pennsylvania Charter School Teacher of the Year.

Dr. Joseph believes that science should be fun, and she works to create classes that have a strong hands-on component, and that will ignite in her students a passion to know more about the wonderful world they live in.

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