Biology Courses

Biology � College Prep
Course Credit:1
Duration:Full Year

Basic traditional concepts in biology will be explored through a combination of laboratory investigations, lectures and various technologies. General themes will be taken from molecular biology, energy usage, epidemiology, genetics, biodiversity, ecology and anatomy / physiology. Instructional strategies will focus more on conceptual approaches and a moderate pace intended to address a variety of student learning styles and standards expected in the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks.

Textbook Title: Biology, Miller and Levine, 2004
Prerequisites: For grade 10: None


Biology - Honors
Course Credit:1
Duration:Full Year

Molecular and traditional concepts in biology will be explored through a combination of laboratory investigations, lectures and various technologies. General themes will be taken from molecular biology, energy usage, epidemiology, genetics, biodiversity, ecology and anatomy / physiology. Instructional strategies will focus more on abstract as well as conceptual approaches at a rapid pace. This course is intended to not only cover standards expected in the MCAS frameworks, but also prepare students for potential advanced studies in biology.

Textbook Title: Biology Concepts & Applications, 6th Edition, Cecie Starr
Prerequisites: For 10th grade students: An A average in 9th grade Introductory Physics or B+ average in 9th grade Introductory Physics Honors AND a B average in either Algebra II Honors or Geometry Honors, with the strong recommendation of their 9th grade science teacher.


Advanced Placement Biology
Course Credit:1
Duration:Full Year

This demanding biology program is recommended for juniors who have demonstrated advanced skills in science and significant levels of past academic achievement, who believe their future careers may be in science, engineering or medicine. The curriculum follows a program developed by the College Board including 8 mandatory laboratory investigations and is parallel in rigor and content to that offered at the introductory college level. Assignments are purposeful, but lengthy and the class pace is rapid. Students are expected to take the standardized final examination and may qualify for a waiver of an introductory biology course upon entry into college.

Textbook Title: Biology, Campbell, 8th edition Pearson
Prerequisites: B+ in Honors Chemistry and B+ in Honors Biology with teacher recommendation. A- in College Prep Chemistry and A- in College Prep Biology.


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