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Summer 2017 • Grade 9 and above • Science Sequence

For reference only; see current year course listing for course availability and details.

Introduction to Biology

This eight week course is designed to introduce students who have not previously taken a rigorous high school level science course to the basic concepts of scientific methodology and the key topics of biology, as preparation for an honors or AP biology course. Students will practice study skills required to succeed in the science courses they take, apply basic math concepts used in all sciences (including biology), and review key topics such as biological levels of organization, classification systems, the chemistry underlying metabolic processes, and the fundamentals of cell biology.

All students will perform simple experiments to help develop an appreciation for the fundamental principles underlying modern biology and to develop proper experimental techniques (with an emphasis on lab safety). Students share their lab reports for teacher and peer review, and discuss their experiences in online class sessions.

Advanced students can use this course to jump-start their lab work for the AP Biology 2017-2018 academic year course by covering lab techniques, data manipulation methods, and critical concepts. Those students planning on taking AP Biology will be given more challenging assignments and experiment options which can be used to fulfill Scholars Online AP Biology course requirements. However, these students should be prepared to commit up to eight hours a week in reading, homework, and lab work.

Course Website: Introduction to Biology

Sections and Teachers

Section 1:

Instructor: Christe McMenomy

Starts: June 12, 2017
Ends: August 11, 2017

Wednesday 9:30 AM to 10:50 AM ET

Tuition: $150.00


None required.

Recommended background

Recommended: Completion of a junior high school level life-science course or either SO Natural Science I or SO Natural Science II.

Teacher's notes:

There will be no meeting 29 June 2016.

Textbooks and Materials

This item is required:

Get Ready for Biology [Edition or Version: 1], Authors: Lori K. Garrett

ISBN: 0321500571

Publisher's website: Get Ready for Biology

Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore

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