• Honors Biology 

    Course description:

    •  The goal of this course is to lead students towards a greater understanding of the world around them through inquiry, analysis, experimentation, and mathematical manipulations. An emphasis will be placed on hands-on learning, use of technology, and application to real-world situations. 

     

               III. Resources:

    •  We will use Google Classroom as our learning platform on which announcements will be posted. We will be using the book Open Stax Biology 2e as well as other supplemental material.

     

    • Google Chromebook- Students will use Chromebooks on almost a daily basis and will be required to bring them to every class period. Chromebooks should be charged each night at home.

    Grading Categories:

    At Home Learning 15%

    In Class Activities  35%

    Quizzes 20%

    Tests (Including Midterm and Final) 30%



    Course Outline

    This class will meet each school day, both 1st and 2nd semester and every other day for a second period on the Blue and White Schedule. **This is subject to change based on the student’s academic strengths and weakness. 

    Module 1—Cells and Cell Processes

    *Unit 1: Basic Biological Principles 

    Week 1 Lab Safety and Designing Experiments

    Week 2 Is it Alive- Characteristics of Life

    Week 3 Practicing Variables and Keystone Questions

    Week 4 and 5 Cells

     

     *Unit 2: The Chemical Basis of Life 

    Week 6 Atoms and Elements

    Week 7 Properties of Water

    Week 8 Carbohydrates and Lipids

    Week 9 Proteins and Nucleic Acids

     

     *Unit 3: The Chemical Basis of Life 

    Week 10 Enzymes

    Week 11 Photosynthesis

    Week 12 Cellular Respiration

    Week 13 Put it all together Review 

     

     *Unit 4: Homeostasis and Transport

    Week 14: Cell Membrane and Cell Size

    Week 15: Osmosis and Diffusion

    Week 16: Active Transport

    Week 17: Review and Midterm

    Week 18: Flex as needed to review material from Module 1.

     

    MODULE II- Continuity and Unity of Life. 

    *Unit 5: Cell Growth and Reproduction 

    Week 19: Mitosis

    Week 20: Types of Reproduction and Viruses

    Week 21: Meiosis

     

    *Unit 6A: Macro Genetics 

    Week 22: Mendalian Genetics

    Week 23: Non Mendalian Genetics

    Week 24: Pedigrees

     

    *Unit 6B: Central Dogma of Biology

    Week 25: DNA Replication

    Week 26: Transcription, types of RNA

    Week 27: Translation

     

    *Unit 7 Theory of Evolution

    Week 28: Pocket Mice Genetics and Evolution

    Week 29: Development of Evolutionary theory

    Week 30: Microevolution

    Week 31: Macro Evolution

     

     *Unit 8 Ecology

    Topics incorporated throughout the year and will be used to review many topics leading up to the Keystone. 

     

  • Chemistry 

    Course description:

    •  The goal of this course is to lead students towards a greater understanding of the chemical world around them through inquiry, analysis, experimentation, and mathematical manipulations. An emphasis will be placed on hands-on learning, use of technology, and application to real-world situations. 

     

               III. Resources:

    •  We will use Google Classroom as our learning platform on which announcements will be posted. We will be using the book  Modern Chemistry published by Holt, Rinehart and Winston.. Chemistry books may be checked out if requested and online text resources will be provided to supplement at home learning. 

     

    • Google Chromebook- Students will use Chromebooks on almost a daily basis and will be required to bring them to every class period. Chromebooks should be charged each night at home. 

  • Electives

     

    Genetics: semester course (only offered one semester) This course will provide an opportunity for juniors and seniors who are interested in the biological sciences, a chance to examine genetics more in-depth than covered in the Biology and Honors Biology courses. Topics will include transmission of genetics, DNA and chromosomes, population genetics, genetic technology, and the genetics of immunity and cancer. Students will also complete various assignments and projects pertaining to their traits, from whom those traits may have been inherited and the likelihood of them passing particular traits to future offspring.

     

     Forensic Science: semester course (only offered one semester) This course will provide insight for sophomores, juniors and seniors into the field of forensic science using tools and techniques that are commonly used in the field of forensics. The course will be a mix of both traditional and project-based learning, as students will be taught concepts in forensics, and use these tools to solve problems to solve fictional crimes. Topics will include an introduction to forensics, crime scene investigation, material analysis of hair, fibers and fingerprints, soil and remains, DNA evidence and analysis, blood pattern analysis, introductions to toxicology, and using markings to identify firearms or weapons. Students will be expected to work with peers to solve problems posed to the group, and must work together in a variety of roles to complete tasks. Collaboration, critical thinking, and communication skills are also essential to success in the Forensic Science course. Chemistry is a prerequisite or corequisite for taking this course.

  • Advanced Placement Biology 

    Contact the teacher for Google Classroom Information- we will use it daily-bring charged chrome books.

     

    Please make sure you know your log in for My AP Classroom

    https://myap.collegeboard.org/login?authuser=0

    AP Biology is a full year course conducted under the guidelines of The College Board. This course is designed for the student considering college. This is an advanced course in biology that introduces students to biochemistry, DNA postulates and genetic probabilities. Anatomy, physiology, morphology, embryology and classification are combined to enable the student to understand current biological principles. Laboratory work is an integral part of the course. Students are required to take the Advanced Placement Exam offered in May of the school year as a component of this course. Summer reading and assignments are required. Failure to complete summer assignments will lead to withdrawal from the course. Students should have a strong background in biology before attempting an AP Biology course.

    Grading for Class

    Homework 5%

    Classwork 10%

    Labs/Lab Reports/Projects 25% 

    Quizzes 20% 

    Unit Tests/Midterm and Final 40%

     

    Supplies for Class

    Student Supplied Materials for Class:

    •Spiral notebook or loose leaf paper

     • 3” 3-ring binder 

    • Sticky tabs for binder 

    •Colored pencils and ruler to be used for graphing 

    •Highlighter

    • Note Cards- 3x5 

    • 4-function calculator 

    **If you are unable to procure any of these things please let me know before the first day of school so that I can have what you need ready for you.

     

    Approximate Course Outline

    This class will meet each school day, both 1st and 2nd semester and every other day for a second period on the Blue and White Schedule.

    I am going to approach this year a little differently and we are going to look at some of the units out of “order”

    1.  Unit 8: Ecology (4-5 wks) Chapters: 35-38 

    2. Stand Alone Statistics and Math in AP Biology 

    3. Unit 5: Heredity (3-4 wks) Chapters 12-13

    4. Unit 1: Biochemistry (2-3 wks) Chapters 2 and 3 

    5. Unit 2: Cells (3-4 wks) Chapters 4 and 5 

    6. Unit 3: Cellular Energy Chapters 6-8 (3-4 weeks) 

    7. Unit 4: Cellular Communication Chapter 9-11 (2-3 wks) 

    8. Unit 6: Genetic Regulation (4-5 wks) Chapters 14-17 

    9. Unit 7: Natural Selection (4-5 wks) Chapters 18-20 

    10. AP ® Exam Prep and Practice (2 wks) Review and catch up till exam. (FINAL)

    11. After the Exam we will work on a student directed project till the end of the year. 



    Expectations:

    Academic Integrity- The work you turn in including your homework is your own.  

    This means it is not your classmates

    This means it is not Brainly’s, Wikipedia’s, Quizzlet’s, not an answer key you found online…

    This means the answer came from you. 

    The use of AI in this class will be discussed at appropriate times- it is NOT acceptable to use it in the writing of short answer responses or lab reports.

     

    Prepared for Class- This is a college level course which means it is expected that the student will come to class having completed any assignments and having reviewed the material from the previous day.