This course is designed to prepare students for the rigor of college biology and/or AP Biology. Having taught both undergraduate and graduate students who are preparing for careers in the medical industry, I believe that it is imperative that students have an opportunity to encounter and explore the information presented in this class thoroughly yet in a relatively relaxed environment. All too often, I see dreams derailed because of the scope of the material not the depth. By having had the opportunity to significantly tackle the difficult topics, reducing the time required to master them, students are more capable of handling the scope of more advanced courses.
In this course, students will study the chemistry and role of cells in life processes, genetics, the diversity of life, behavioral relationships, ecology, anatomy and physiology of plants and animals and much more. Students will engage in investigations to understand and explain the behavior of living things through scientific reasoning, analysis, written communication and real-world applications. Lab work will include inquiry-based hands-on and virtual labs that will reinforce topics and encourage critical thinking.
Classes meet live once a week on Tuesdays from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm for 55 minutes and are recorded. A recording of the class will be posted within 24 hours of the class meeting.
Each week an Assignments and Guided Notes document will be posted on the course website. Students will be required to read the text and complete and submit the guided notes. They may also, depending on the topic, be asked to complete a lab (virtual or hands-on or both) and/or activity. Separate postings and submission links will be posted for all additional activities and labs.
Students should expect to spend 3-5 hours a week on this class. In general, students will complete one chapter/week. Students will write at least two formal lab reports. No formal papers are required.
Who should enroll?
Prerequisite – biology or related coursework.This course is suggested for students interested in majoring in science or medical-related fields. Students in grades 11 – 12 are welcome to enroll – no application is necessary. Enrollment of advanced 9th and 10th grade students will be considered – contact me via email.
- High speed, broadband Internet
- Sound card and microphone (for live sessions)
- Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures
- Scanner or a scan App such as Turbo Scan
Evaluation and Feedback
Student work will be evaluated and scored based on completeness, timeliness, accuracy and effort. Students will be given an opportunity to correct submitted work and improve their score as long as an initial reasonable attempt was made and it was submitted on time. Work will be graded within one week of submission. If students need help, a private recorded Zoom chat can be arranged for one-one assistance.
Student communication will be through Canvas – assignment feedback and email.
Parents may contact me before and/or after registration. However, during the course, I prefer that parents let their student handle communicating with me with regard to class work. The “art of communicating with the teacher” needs to be learned early and repeatedly reinforced prior to college. Parents, however, are welcome to contact me regarding all other topics.