Honors Biology I Course Description


Prerequisite:  Students must have successfully completed SC.01 Earth Science with a grade of 80% or better or SC.01A Honors Earth Science with a grade of 70% or better.  The minimum math requirement is that students have successfully completed or be currently taking Algebra 1B; however, it is recommended that students taking this course be currently enrolled in Geometry.

Topics addressed in this course may include, but are not limited to the Nature of Science, Structure and Function of Cells, DNA, RNA and Protein Synthesis, Mitosis and Meiosis, Genetics, Evolution and Ecology.  Students will participate in laboratory exercises, small group activities and class discussions.  Students should expect a fast pace and high rigor if enrolling in this class.  Students should expect to use higher-order thinking skills to understand the course content conceptually.  Students must be open to listening compassionately to the opinions of all others and be willing to learn from their classmates as well as the teacher.  Having an ability to meet deadlines is a must!  Students will be expected to utilize all of the following higher-level thinking skills at one time or another during the activities throughout this course:  argue, assess, choose, compare, conclude, contrast, defend, describe, discriminate, estimate, evaluate, explain, justify, interpret, relate, predict, select, summarize, support, place value, arrange, assemble, categorize, collect, compose, construct, create, design, develop, devise, formulate, generate, plan, prepare, reconstruct, relate, revise, write, tell, analyze, appraise, breakdown, calculate, criticize, diagram, differentiate, distinguish, examine, experiment, identify, illustrate, infer, model, outline, and question.  Students will create two major projects, one involving cells, another pedigrees.  Students will be expected to create and interpret graphs and diagrams.  Student must be self- motivated and able to work independently with much productivity.  Student will be expected to collaborate with peers to problem-solve and to develop creative pieces of work.  Student will be expected to be part of a scholarly dialogue and to be an active member of the class.