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 learn the intricacies of writing college-level lab reports through a process of drafting and revision.

  • 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

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:

 Lab Resources and Supplies:

  • Microscope

  • Colored pencils

  • Custom lab kit: $100; The lab kit will be purchased through the instructor to cover hands-on and virtual lab supplies. A microscope is not included in the kit.

  • Common lab supplies:

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


Technical resources:

We use ZOOM for live meetings. U.S. and international students need:

  • An internet connection

  • A computer with a web-cam

  • Recommended: a headset with a microphone (but your built-in computer audio and microphone will work if necessary)

  • Students will be emailed a link prior to each live class to join the ZOOM session.


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