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:

  • Nature of life
  • Ecology
  • Cells
  • Genetics
  • Evolutionary theory
  • Microorganisms & fungi
  • Plants
  • Invertebrates
  • Chordates
  • Human body

Students taking this course for Kolbe Honors (H) credit are expected to complete daily assignments, periodic exams, and quizzes as assigned by their parent.  Kolbe Honors (H) students will go into more depth and cover more material than the Kolbe Core (K) students.

Assignment due-dates and some grades are established by the parent.  To receive honors credit with Kolbe Academy, students must submit a number of designated assignments to Kolbe Academy for grading, usually exams and select papers.  The parent- and Kolbe-established grades are averaged to produce the final grade for the honors course.

Alternatively, a student may enroll in the Self-Paced Plus© grading assistance program to receive additional grading assistance by a Kolbe Academy faculty or staff member on designated assignments in the course.  In this case, parents may still submit grades for the student to be averaged in with the required Kolbe-graded honors assignments, or they may use the teacher-graded materials only to receive credit.

  • Biology, Miller and Levine (e-text and hardback versions available)
  • Labster Virtual Biology Lab
  • 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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Optional Materials

Digital copies are provided in the Parent Group of the Self-Paced course.  Physical copies are available for purchase in the Kolbe Bookstore.

  • Honors Biology Course Plan & Tests, Kolbe Academy Publishing
  • Biology Answer Key, Kolbe Academy Publishing
  • Humani Generis Study Guide, Kolbe Academy Publishing
  • Lab Report Writing Guide, Kolbe Academy Publishing

Self-Paced Plus courses include the following:

  • Grading by a highly qualified teacher for selected assignments (listed below) in the course.
  • Access to teacher through the course’s discussion board.
  • Option to report grade given by the teacher, or to report a grade assigned by parent.
  • The pacing is still established by the parent in conjunction with the student’s goals and academic calendar.
  • Assignments will be graded within 1-2 weeks of the submission date, excluding holiday breaks.  (For the quickest grading, students should turn assignments in incrementally throughout the year.  If a student turns in multiple assignments to be graded at once, expect a response time of 1-2 weeks per assignment submitted.)

Self-Paced Plus Assignment List:

Semester 1 Semester 2
Week 6: Project Week 1: Project
Week 6: Exam 1 Week 6: Exam 4
Week 10: Exam 2 Week 11: Exam 5
Week 15: Project Week 12: Project
Week 18: Exam 3 Week 18: Exam 6
Three Lab Reports chosen by parent Three Lab Reports chosen by parent


Course Details:

Section Number


Grades (Typical)

9 – 12 (9th, 10th)


Mrs. Hoxie

Lecture Format




Honors Fee


Subscription Length

1 year

Extension may be granted for an additional fee.

Self-Paced Plus


Credits (Type)

 10 (Science)

Transcript Designation



Introduction to Physics and Chemistry


Also offered at the Kolbe Core (K) level.

Course Plan Sample

Honors Biology

Note: This course plan is built into the
Self-Paced course in a student-friendly format.