Course Title: Honors Lab Biology
II. Course Description:
Honors Biology is a year-long course worth 1.5 credits, and is open to both Sophomore and Juniors who have successfully completed at least Global Science. The class meets each day for alternating blocks of 80 and 40 minutes. The intent of Honors Biology is to provide students with the depth and breadth of biological knowledge required for the continued examination of content and processes at the college level.
Honors level biology is taught by the molecular approach, where students strive to understand the inter-connections of biological concepts. These concepts are divided into ten units of study: Scientific Principles, Biochemistry, Structure of Cells, Metabolism, Mendelian Genetics, Molecular Genetics, Biotechnology, Evolution, and Systems Biology. Each unit of study provides the student with lab inquiries that are linked to the concepts being taught. Lab inquiries require much organization, work outside the classroom, good writing skills, attentionto detail and analytical thinking. Biology is taught at an accelerated pace and level, and students are expected to demonstrate Students are responsible for designing and presenting projects at various times during each semester.