Biology - Kolbe Academy


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 while the “Honors Biology” course will outline the more in depth physiological processes of life systems.

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.

Students taking this course for Kolbe Core (OK) credit are expected to complete daily assignments, participate in class, and complete periodic exams and quizzes as assigned by their instructor.  All requirements are assigned and graded by the instructor.  

  • Biology, Text or E-book (NOT the “Foundations” edition)
  • Labster Virtual Biology Lab (paid for with enrollment)
  • Lab Report Writing Guide (optional)
  • Catechism of the Catholic Church
  • Chance or Purpose? Creation, Evolution, & a Rational Faith, Christoph Cardinal Shoenborn
  • MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers

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Course Details:

Enrollment Options Tuition Course Schedule

Course Code


Grades (Typical)

9 – 12 (9th, 10th)

Live Class Meets

2x per week

1 hr. 5 min. each time

Credits (Type)

10 (Science)

Transcript Designation



Introduction to Physics and Chemistry highly suggested.

Companion Course

Biology Lab


Also offered at the Kolbe Honors (OH) and Advanced Placement (AP) level.