This Honors Biology course is designed to prepare STEM interested students for college-level sciences. This course includes labs.
If something affects everything you do every single day of your entire life, it is probably worth learning about. That is true of the living things in our world. Honors Biology is the study of the intricate and complex systems that make life possible on our amazing planet. From the tiniest single-celled organisms to the largest mammals, we share our planet with diverse and fascinating life forms. They are everywhere, and they affect us in amazing and wonderful ways.
In this honors-level course, we will learn about the basic unit of all living things – cells, and we will discover the ways that different cell types work together to form different organisms. We will discover the ways genes direct the construction and function of living things. Once a foundation is in place, we will take a deep dive into the worlds of microorganisms, plants, and animals, including human beings, as well as the ecosystems and communities that they inhabit.
Join me in Honors Biology as we learn about living things, their interactions with one another, and their impact on everything we do.
A typical week contains one 1-hour live Zoom class and four daily lessons. The live classes may include a review of the previous week’s topics, an introduction to the coming week, and/or a case study that brings the current topic to life. Although it is always best if students attend the live classes, I will post the recording of the class so that students who can’t attend can watch it later.
The daily lessons will include an online introduction as well as a section to read in the biology textbook. I use many audio and video recordings to help students learn the correct pronunciation of new terms as well as to reinforce content from the book. Since this course provides a high school credit, there will be some lab activities, one or two lab reports, and a few additional short writing assignments. Students generally spend about 30 minutes per day doing coursework.
Honors Biology will cover the same topics and use the same textbook as Biology but with more detail and depth. A higher level of student performance is expected of honors students, and grading criteria will be more stringent. Honors students will do more reading, writing and research, and an additional lab report may be assigned.
Who should enroll?
This class is for students in grades 9-12 who have exceptional abilities and high achievement levels. Contact Dr. Joseph with any questions regarding enrollment.
- High speed, broadband Internet
- Sound card, microphone, webcam (for live sessions)
- Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lecture
Evaluation and Feedback
I respond to emails containing questions from students within 24 hours, and I make every attempt to grade assignments within 48 hours. Lab reports and longer essays are graded within one week.
Parents and students may contact me with any questions or concerns. My goal is to partner with you in your student’s education, so if at any time you have questions or concerns, my virtual door is open.