Honors Course: Biology
Below, you will find specifics regarding Honors Biology. This will include what to expect throughout the course and what extensions an honors student will receive in this class that is not taught in the general level class. If you have questions regarding the following, please contact the course teacher.
Honors Biology is a science class that students will take early in their high school career. Students learn the relationship between mathematic components in the science world. Students will also see how everything around us is connected and how living systems interact in ecology, organic chemistry, cells, dna, genetics, and evolutionary relationships. Using this students will see how everything around us is connected in a system and humans interact that system. Students are also introduced to lab procedures that are necessary for higher level sciences and college level classes. Throughout the course, students will have to think critically to come to conclusions, find solutions, and will make connections between pieces of knowledge they learned in pre-requisite science classes and the information learned in this class.
Honors biology is a pre-requisite for several upper level classes including AP Biology and AP Environmental, so the vertical alignment may be applied to more than one course. The main class we try to vertically align Honors Biology to as AP Biology. AP Biology requires the entire Biology curriculum as prerequisite knowledge. Biology is also a pre-requisite for AP Environmental Science, AP Biology, and Honors Anatomy and Physiology.
Standards and Objectives
Extensions to prepare for AP Biology:
- The process of evolution drives the diversity and unity of life.
- Biological systems utilize free energy and molecular building blocks to grow, to reproduce and to maintain dynamic homeostasis.
- Living systems store, retrieve, transmit and respond to information essential to life processes.
- Biological systems interact, and these systems and their interactions possess complex properties.
- The course provides students with opportunities to connect their biological and scientific knowledge to major social issues (e.g., concerns, technological advances, innovations) to help them become scientifically literate citizens.
- The course provides students with opportunities outside of the laboratory investigations to meet the learning objectives
Instructional Materials and Methods
Students will receive additional instruction and modified assignments in reference to the extension topics. They will be responsible for the general biology curriculum as well as mastery of the extension topics. Due to time constraints and resources available, extensions are subject to change.
Through Honors Biology students will be performing (subject to change based on resources and time)
- Additional/ Modified Labs including culturing bacteria, testing for organic molecules in food, electrophoresis labs, isolating DNA from strawberries, and dissecting a frog.
- Additional/ Modified Performance Tasks including creating a taxonomic key, identifying biotic and abiotic factors outside, creating and performing biogeochemical cycle skits, analyzing a crime scene and using DNA to identify the suspect, and using online labs to explore evolution, biochemistry, and cell reporduction.
- Modified Assignments including analyzing and classifying organism behavior, writing a research paper on ethics surrounding genetic engineering, creating propaganda posters for or against stem cells, reading scientific journal articles on human ancestors and evolution, and creating and analyzing pedigrees and disease transmission.
Additional Resources for Honors Biology:
In Honors Biology, students will have various course/unit assessments. These include quizzes, labs, homework, performance tasks, and tests that will also assess the extension topics as well as the NC essential standard objectives. Students will use math as a tool in biology, as well as current analyze current events. Biology concepts will also be conceptually interpreted. Memorizing is not enough; you must understand what your answer means and apply it to real life processes.
All students will be required to complete the End of Course Biology Exam worth 25% of the overall course grade. The Final Exam will not include honors extensions.