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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.

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 parent.  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 parent.

All requirements are assigned and graded by the parent - Enhanced Evaluation Service is available for additional grading assistance.

Course Texts
  • Biology by Miller and Levine (e-text and hardback versions available)
  • Biology Virtual Labs Online License, Prentice Hall
  • Chance or Purpose? Creation, Evolution, and a Rational Faith, Christoph Cardinal Shoenborn


Course Plan Sample

Note that this is the digital version of the homeschool course plan, which is found in the course's associated Parent Group.  This course plan is built into the Schoology course for the student. 


Course Details:

Section Number


 Video Presenter

 Mrs. Hoxie

Grades (Typical)

 9 - 12 (9th, 10th)



Honors Fee


Self-Paced Plus Grading Assistance


Credits (Type)

 10 (Science)

Transcript Designation



Introduction to Physics and Chemistry


Also offered at the 
Kolbe Core (K) level.