COURSE DESCRIPTION: Honors Biology Honors Biology is designed for the most highly motivated student with a strong interest in the sciences. This course will investigate the following topics: · Ecology · Heredity · Taxonomy · Systems of the Vertebrate Body · Biochemistry · Population Genetics · Microorganisms · Biotechnology · Cells · Evolution · Photosynthesis and Respiration · Science as Inquiry This course will emphasize higher order thinking skills using online activities, laboratory investigations, independent research, collaborative learning projects, problem solving activities, and bioethical discussions. In comparison to the College Preparatory Biology student, the honors biology student is expected to demonstrate his or her learning through the synthesis, application, and evaluation of the fundamental principles of biology. The course requirements are rigorous; therefore, students are expected to process the learning well beyond simple rote memorization. Any student enrolled in an honors class must maintain a minimum of a B average throughout the year in order to continue in the honors science sequence, unless given special permission by the supervisor. A student with exceptional performance evaluations in other science courses may be recommended for placement in honors courses as requested by the teacher and approved by the Supervisor. Overview of Honors Biology Curriculum 1. Biological discoveries are made through processes of scientific inquiry 2. Cells obey the laws of chemistry to process energy and maintain homeostasis 3. Mechanisms evolved to allow genes to be faithfully passed onto the next generation 4. The hereditary information in DNA codes for proteins each with a specific role 5. Species change over time by a process called evolution 6. Living things interact with other living things and their environment 7. Classification shows evolutionary relationships and makes it easier to study living things 8. Anatomical structure and physiological function are interrelated DISSECTION OPT-OUT LAW: Students enrolled in science classes that dissect, vivisect, incubate, capture or otherwise harm or destroy animals have the right to exempt themselves from participation in such hands-on-activities. Students or parents who wish not to have their students participate in such activities must notify the District Supervisor of Science in writing within the first two weeks of school. The student's grade will not be affected by the decision not to participate in the lab experience and an alternate assignment will be provided for the student.
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