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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.

Course Resources

 Text and Interactive Program:
  • Required: Digital Resources $50 purchased through Blue Tent include:

    • ebook of class text, Pearson's Campbell Biology: Concepts & Connections (2021)

    • eMind software suite

  • Optional:

    • Adobe Reader | a free download

 Lab Resources and Supplies
  • Required:

    • Microscope

    • Colored pencils

    • Custom lab kit | Ordering information will be provided by the instructor | Cost: approximately $87

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

    • 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)

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