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Honors Biology

This course is designed to give students an appreciation of creation and of the order and complexity of living things. The "Honors Biology" course will outline the in depth physiological processes of life systems.

Course Description

The science of biology presents the student with some of the bioethical issues that exist in today's world, such as stem cell research, genetic engineering, and cloning. It is important to bring in the Church's teaching on moral and bioethical issues. Projects may be assigned during some weeks so that the student can explore the Church's teachings on controversial topics on their own.

The honors course is aimed for students who have previously had a solid background in physical science. A student who still wishes to pursue this course as an honors course that did not follow the recommended course of study for physical science, may find the pace of the course challenging. These students should be sure to allot extra time for their studies. 

This course is typically done in 9th or 10th grade and includes the following topics: the nature of life, ecology, cells, genetics, evolutionary theory, microorganisms and fungi, plants, invertebrates, chordates, and the human body.

Students in 11th-12th grade interested in taking the AP® Biology exam should enroll in AP Biology.  

Course Texts
  • Biology, Text or E-book
  • Biology Virtual Labs (paid for with enrollment)
  • Chance or Purpose?
  • MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers

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Course Expectations

Students taking this course for Kolbe Honors (OH) credit are expected to complete daily assignments, participate in class, and complete periodic exams and quizzes as assigned by their instructor.  Kolbe Honors (OH) students will go into more depth and cover more material than the Kolbe Core (OK) students. All requirements are assigned and graded by the instructor.

Course Details:

Section Number

WCS-BIO-H-1

Instructor

Mrs. Hoxie

Grades (Typical)

9 - 12 (9th, 10th)

Live Class Meets

2x per week

1 hr., 20 min. each time

Days

Monday & Wednesday

Class Period

0

Time

6:00 AM - 7:20 AM (Pacific)

9:00 AM - 10:20 AM (Eastern)

Tuition

$719

Honors Fee

$149

Credits (Type)

10 (Science)

Transcript Designation

OH

Prerequisite

Introduction to Physics and Chemistry

Companion Course

Biology Lab

Notes

Also offered at the

Kolbe Core (OK) and

Advanced Placement (AP) level.