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. 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! Honors Biology is designed for students with exceptional abilities and high achievement levels. We will cover the same subject matter as a 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. Please note that this course ends on May 13, which is two weeks later than the general biology course.
- High speed, broadband Internet
- Sound card, microphone, webcam (for live sessions)
- Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lecture
Evaluation and Feedback
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.
I respond to emails containing questions from students within 24 hours. I make every attempt to grade assignments within 48 hours. Lab reports and longer essays are graded within one week.