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This course is designed to give students an appreciation of creation and of the order and complexity of living things. The "Core Biology" course will emphasize the basic biological processes of how life systems work.

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 the role of the parent to discuss these issues with the student and instruct the student in Church Teaching. We have done our best to point out these controversial issues and to provide guidance on how to address them. For example, the topic of evolution is studied alongside the Church's teaching in Humani Generis. Miller and Levine's Biology book periodically includes an "Issues in Biology" segment which could be used as points of discussion between the student and parent. It is important to bring in the Church's teaching on moral and bioethical issues during these discussions. Projects have been assigned during some weeks so that the student can explore the Church's teachings on controversial topics on their own.

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 Core (OK) credit are expected to complete daily assignments and complete periodic exams and quizzes as assigned by their 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) 



Self-Paced Plus Grading Assistance


Credits (Type)

10 (Science)

Transcript Designation


Introduction to Physics and Chemistry 
highly recommended.


Also offered at the Kolbe Honors (H) level.