Experimenting in Lab

Honors Biology

The Fine Print

Course Goals

  • To learn the different characteristics of organisms within each biological Kingdom

  • To study the relationship that exists among microscopic and macroscopic living organisms, including vertebrates and invertebrates

  • To classify the types of molecules of which all organisms are composed, understand their functions within cells, and explain the structure of cells

  • To explain the cellular processes involved in the maintenance of stable internal conditions within organisms

  • To learn the principles of Mendel genetics

  • To explain the processes of photosynthesis and respiration as they pertain to how organisms obtain and use energy to build and maintain body structures

  • To explain the processes and structures involved in the processes of digestion and nutrient absorption, and how these processes allow organisms to both acquire energy and maintain homeostasis

  • To describe the structures and processes involved in circulation and gas exchange within organisms and how these organ systems work together to maintain homeostasis

  • To respond appropriately to feedback, revising and improving course assignments

  • To actively participate in weekly on-line class discussion forums--sharing, comparing, and providing encouragement to peers

  • How do Biology, Honors Biology, and AP Biology compare? See answers to that question in our FAQ.

Instructor Demo

  • ZOOM Demo: Irene Paine demonstrates a class website, lecture, live dissection, and some of the technology resources that she and students will be using.

Course Resources

 Text and Interactive Program:

  • Required: Digital Resources $35 purchased through Blue Tent. Includes:

    • Interactive ebook of class text, 2017 Holt McDougal Biology

    • Text-aligned interactive resources and homework platform

    • eMind software

  • Optional: hardback copy of textbook loaned through Blue Tent OnLoan

  • Adobe Reader | a free download

 Lab Resources and Supplies:

  • Microscope

  • Colored pencils

  • Custom lab kit | Order from Home Science Tools | $105.95

    • Please note: a microscope is not included in the lab kit.

  • eMind simulations and tutorials (cost included in Digital Resources fee)​

  • Common lab supplies: A list of supplies that can be purchased at your grocery store will be provided.

 

Technical Resources

  • Required:

    • A reliable internet connection

    • A computer with a web-cam

    • A working microphone

    • A free phone/computer scanning app (such as CamScanner and Adobe Scan)

  • Recommended:

    • Earbuds or a headset with a microphone (a built-in computer microphone will work if needed)