• Biology

    Course Description: S31011-S31012

    Biology is a Standards Based laboratory based course based on the Next Generation Science Standards that investigates the interconnections of life between organisms and their environments. Scientific inquiry engages students in the study of the interdependence of organisms, energy flow, the cell, heredity, how ecosystems affect species over time, and the relationships between structure and function. Biology is a course that teaches students how to apply basic concepts and principles in order to better understand the environment. 

    Level: 10                                              Semesters: 2                             Credit: 1 

    Prerequisites:
    Chemistry or Honors Chemistry                                                Lab fee required

    Syllabus for Ecological Biology
     

    Students who are successful:
    In order to succeed in Biology, students must be willing to work cooperatively and independently during classroom projects and labs. Students should also be willing to perform the daily tasks and activities assigned by the teacher. 

    Text:  Biology - By Miller and Levine 2014
    A typical week includes:
    A combination of lab and individual/group activities, lectures with guided notes and class discussions.

    Regarding homework:
    Expect 30 minutes of homework – an average of 3 nights a week. Homework will vary between lab write-ups, projects, internet assignments and/or book work. 

    Course topics/outline:
    First Semester Topics: cycling of matter and energy (Ecology), the cell cycle, DNA, replication and protein synthesis
    Second Semester Topics: biotechnology, evolution, evidence for evolution, meiosis, genetics and homeostasis

    Other
    information:

    Highlights throughout the year include:
     

    Honors Biology 

    Course Description: S370H1-S370H2 (weighted)
     
    Honors Biology is a Standards based laboratory based course based on the Next Generation Science Standards that investigates the interconnections of life using a biochemical approach. Scientific inquiry engages students in the study of the interdependence of organisms, energy flow, the cell, heredity, how species change over time, and the relationships between structure and function. Students considering this course should be self-directed  learners with strong reading comprehension skills. Students should consider their entire schedule when selecting a weighted course.

    Note: Switching classes is highly discouraged and will not be allowed after the 10 day drop period.
    Level: 10                                                     Semesters: 2                                           Credit: 1 (weighted)

    Prerequisites: Honors Chemistry or Chemistry                                                                Lab fee required

    Course Syllabus for: Honors Biology

    Students who are successful:

    This class is for any student who has a keen interest in Biology. Self-directed learners who are good readers are
    recommended. Topics are covered in more depth than Biology and analysis of how life behaves at the molecular level is stressed. The inquiry approach
    is used when possible. Critical thinking, good group dynamics and presentation skills are a must.

    Text: Biology in Focus. Campbell et. al. 2nd edition 2017.

    A typical week includes:
    There will be 2 lab experiences or group  activities. We may cover a chapter a week in our AP level text. Good reading is a must. 

     Regarding homework:
     There is probably a minimum of 30 minutes of  homework per night usually reading or completing class activities.
     
    Course topics/outline:
    First Semester Topics: cycling of matter and energy (Ecology), the cell cycle, DNA, replication and protein synthesis
    Second Semester Topics: biotechnology, evolution, evidence for evolution, meiosis, genetics and homeostasis
    Other information:
    Honors or Regular Chemistry students can be successful in Honors Biology as long as they are good readers and critical thinkers. Honors Biology stresses collaborative learning. Strong students are motivated and self-directed.
     

    AP Biology

    Course Description: 314534-314535 [Weighted Course]
     
    This laboratory course will concentrate on current major themes in biology including cell, plant, and animal physiology; photosynthesis and respiration; and genetic engineering. The advanced placement biology curriculum is equivalent to a first-year college biology course for majors and is designed to prepare students for a successful college experience in the life sciences. This course allows students to take the advanced placement exams, which allows students to earn up to one year of college credit. Student will also be enrolled in AP Lunch. – Teacher Recommendation Required – Honors Biology strongly recommended.

    Level: 11, 12                                               Semesters: 2                                  Credit: 1 (weighted)

    Prerequisites:

    Honors Chemistry or Chemistry and Honors Biology or Biology.                                                Lab Fee Required
     
    Course Syllabus for: AP Biology

    Students who are successful: This AP Biology course is designed to be the equivalent of a college-level introductory biology course usually taken by biology
    majors during their first year. It should be taken after the successful completion of a first course in both high school biology and high school chemistry. One
    of the course goals is to prepare students to perform well on the AP Biology exam given each Spring.

    Text: Biology Ninth edition by Campbell and Reece, 2011.
    The text contains 56 chapters. The syllabus for the weekly course topics will be presented to students the first week of school. The volume of material to be
    covered prevents the teacher from lecturing on each topic. Students will be required to learn a substantial amount of the material through their own reading and studying.

    A typical week includes some of the following features: 
    Lecture / Discussion of chosen topics in each Unit of text.
    AP Laboratory experiences and reports to emphasis topics in each Unit comprise 25% of the class.
    “Window on Research” reports (one per Unit)
    On-line support materials available at the Campbell website for each chapter.
    Three Unit tests / semester.
    Quizzes in the middle of longer Units and on vocabulary
    Comprehensive Final exam at the end of each semester  

    Regarding homework:
    Students will be expected to read the designated chapters in their textbook each week before lecture. Students should take notes as they read, do the online
    activities and take the multiple-choice self-quiz at the end of each chapter. At least twelve AP Labs will be run throughout the year as their topics coincide
    with those in the textbook. Students will be expected to prepare for a pre-lab discussion by reading through the lab. Students may be asked to read and
    summarize current biological literature. On-line support materials for your textbook will be available by registering at a website given by your teacher.

    Course topics/outline:
    The course will follow the guidelines set by the AP College Board regarding the material to be covered. The amount of time spent on each topic is roughly
    equivalent to the weight given to that area on the AP Biology exam in the Spring. The laboratory experiences suggested by the College Board will also be
    an integral part of this course. See www.apcentral.collegeboard.com.

    Other information: 
    There is extended lab/class time twice a week. For example: Students in Period 5 and Period 7 AP Biology are expected to spend 25 minutes of
    their 6th period lunch in class twice a week.