This course is designed to be the student’s first high school science course and is a rigorous college-prep biology course that provides a detailed introduction to the methods and concepts of general biology. Heavily emphasizing the vocabulary of biology, it provides the student with a strong background in the scientific method, the five-kingdom classification scheme, microscopy, biochemistry, cellular biology, molecular and Mendelian genetics, evolution, dissection, and ecosystems. It also provides a complete survey of the five kingdoms in Creation.
Students who take and understand this course will be very well-prepared for a tough university biology course. This is an excellent way for students to avoid the evolutionary and liberal bias of most college biology classes.
Hands-on experiments are an integral part of this class. Numerous in-class labs and investigations provide opportunities to develop laboratory skills such as careful observation and interpretation of lab data. Additionally review games and activities are incorporated to reinforce class concepts. Opportunities for peer discussion of class topics are provided as well as interactive small group activities.
*This course earns one high school credit and is college-prep level. With some additional preparation, students may be able to take the College Biology CLEP for 6 college credits.
Tutor: Jen Holt
Length: Full Year
Grade Level: 9th – 12th
Class Tuition: $205 per semester. Additional $35.00 lab fee per semester includes use of lab equipment and microscopes, lab supplies, lab notebook, dissection specimens and equipment, additional handouts, and companion CD-rom for use in class.
Class size: Minimum of 5 students with a maximum of 20
Text Requirement: (To be purchased by parents) Exploring Creation with Biology, 2nd Edition, by Dr. Jay Wile, (ISBN # 9781932012545) and Exploring Creation with Biology, 2nd Edition, Solutions Manual (ISBN # 9781932012552). May be purchased from Apologia at 1-888-524-4724 orwww.apologia.com or locally from Heppner’s Legacy in Elk River at 763-241-4663. Auditory learners or slow-readers may want to also purchase the MP3 audiobook for around $12.
Students should bring: textbook, lab notebook (provided), paper and pencil
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Apologia Physical Science or similar. Students must be able to keep up with reading and homework in order to fully comprehend the material and to be prepared for class discussions and experiments.
Homework: 4-6 hours per week
Required: Internet access for students to receive class notices, download supplemental reading and worksheets, and link to applicable websites.