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Honors Biology Course Description

Honors Biology is a laboratory-oriented course investigating concepts of living organisms and life processes. Course topics include cellular biology, genetics, ecology, and evolution.

Course Competencies

From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes Students will study structure and function, growth and development of organisms, and organization for matter and energy flow in organisms to formulate an understanding of how organisms live and grow.  

Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics Students will study ecosystems with an emphasis on interdependence, cycles of matter and energy transfer, ecosystem dynamics, functioning, and resilience, social interactions and group behavior to understand how and why organisms interact with their environment, and what are the effects of these interactions. 

Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits Students will study heredity with an emphasis on inheritance of traits, and variation of traits to understand how characteristics of one generation are passed to the next, and how individuals of the same species and even siblings have different characteristics.

Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity Students will study biological evolution with an emphasis on evidence of common ancestry and diversity, natural selection, adaptation, and biodiversity and humans to develop an understanding of how evidence shows the relationships between species.

Scientific Practices Students will understand how scientists work and that scientific knowledge develops by engaging in the practices of science.

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Midterm Grades will all be entered into IC by Monday 3/9

This grade is not currently weighted in students' overall grades; it will be weighted as 10% of each student's final grade at the end of the school year.

Students are provided time in class to review each part of the midterm. Any student that wishes to review their midterm in detail with me can sign-up for a one-on-one teacher conference. 


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What's Happening

Ask your student about the role of elephants in seed growth (a.k.a. "The Poop Lab") - which seeds sprouted the fastest? 




Extra Help

Extra help will be held in Room C557. This week's extra help schedule is:

Morning drop-in Monday - Friday 6:45-7:15

Monday after school




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