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Course: Honors Biology

V Honors Biology • 2019 listing - for reference only • Grade 9 or above • Science Sequence
* Primary Instructor
Christe McMenomy
* Sections
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Section dates, meeting times, and tuition are still being determined.
* Website
Please review more extensive materials at the teacher's Honors Biology website.
* Description

Honors Biology builds on concepts of matter and living organisms acquired in junior high or basic chemistry, working from the simplest living materials to complex systems by showing students how organic molecules and simple metabolic reactions form the components of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, supply the processes of cellular respiration and photosynthesis, and the promote the transmission of genetic information from one cell generation to the next.. Once these basic concepts have been established, we look at how modern biologists apply their implications and conclusions to explain the unity and diversity of life, including evolution theory and the evidence offered for speciation. We will investigate the anatomy and physiology of animals with an emphasis on the human body and current health issues, then look at similar structures and processes within plants. Our final unit synthesizes field observations to help us understand individual organisms as part of complex environmental systems.

REQUIRED LAB WORK: Students must complete twelve basic biology labs for course credit.

This course is taught using the Scholars Online Chat software, which allows the teacher to embed graphics, mathematical equations, and movies in the chat session, with complete logging available for the entire year. Audio software is not used to allow students with limited internet access to participate fully, and to encourage precise thinking and writing skills.

This course may be combined with the AP Biology option, which has its own requirements including additional lab work. Successful completion of BOTH Honors Biology and the AP Biology option are required for AP Biology credit.

* Meetings
This course meets 2 times per week for discussion and review of assigned homework.
* Homework
Students are expected to read 20-30 pages of text with close attention to graphical information, complete online exercises and write short essays each week. Online quizzes are required for each chapter, term reports and comprehensive examinations are given each semester. Students also must complete lab exercises and reports (approximately one labs every three weeks).
* Prerequisites
One year life science course at junior high level or Natural Science I.
* Recommended background
Optimally, students will be somewhat familiar with the concepts of atoms, chemical reactions, cells, uses of a microscope, plant and animal classification, and some human anatomy.
* Instructor's Notes
Attendance at two weekly sessions is required for all students. Most sessions will cover textbook materials and homework assignments, while some will review lab work.

Controversial topics such as evolution, reproductive controls, and genetic engineering require some student maturity. For information about our approach to evolution, see the evolution page.

V Textbooks and Materials
* Biology: Concepts and Connections (Edition: 9)
Martha R. Taylor; Eric Simon; Jean L. Dickey; Kelly Hogan; Jane B. Reece
This text is required.
ISBN: 013429601X
Publisher's website: Biology: Concepts and Connections
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
Other information: An alternative format (3-hole looseleaf) that is somewhat cheaper is available and may be substituted (ISBN 0134442776). eText versions are also available to buy or rent; be sure to purchase the correct edition for the length of the course (September 2019-May 2020). MasteringBiology access is not required as it adds significantly to the cost. Students may not substitute editions (e.g., students may NOT use edition 7 or 8, or the Global Edition) as these have significant assignment and page numbering differences.

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