Honors Biology - Kolbe Academy

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.

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.  

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.

  • 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. 20 min. each time

Credits (Type)

10 (Science)

Transcript Designation



Introduction to Physics and Chemistry

Companion Course

Biology Lab


Also offered at the

Kolbe Core (OK) and

Advanced Placement (AP) level.