Section: AP Courses, Sciences   |   School: School of Rhetoric


This is an introductory course in biology. Taught from a Christian worldview using classical methodology, students will study the nature of life, including the chemical basis of living cells. We will study cell structure, function, division and genetics. Evolutionary theory will be discussed with care and consideration given to diverse opinions. An overview of the five kingdoms is presented and representative organisms from each will be studied as well as their ecological interrelationships. Students will complete laboratory exercises and gain experience writing effective lab reports. An introduction to chemistry is helpful and recommended but is not required.

Prerequisite: Chemistry is recommended but not required
Textbook:  Miller and Levine Biology, On-Level Edition, Kenneth R. Miller and Joseph S. Levine; ISBN: 978-0-13-366951-0 (2010 edition) or 978-0-13-323574-6  (2014 edition)

Honors Biology

Honors Biology is designed for students who have a foundation in Physics and Chemistry and are eager to apply that knowledge to the study of Biology.  Students will learn basic biochemistry and its applications to cellular structure and function.   Ultimately students will gain a wonder and appreciation for the similarities and differences between organisms as well as their interactions in diverse ecosystems.  The textbook serves as a guide; students will have additional outside reading that will be discussed in class.  Classical methodologies will guide this discourse and class presentations. This will allow students to expand and sharpen their knowledge and understanding of many topics, including those that may be controversial.  Further, the laboratory component of the course is partially inquiry based and students will participate in the design of certain laboratory exercises.

Prerequisite: Chemistry or Honors Chemistry
Textbook:  Miller and Levine Biology, On-Level Edition, Kenneth R. Miller and Joseph S. Levine; ISBN: 978-0-13-366951-0 (2010 edition) or 978-0-13-323574-6  (2014 edition)

Marine Biology

This course will provide an overview of marine biology. We will learn some of the physical and geographical features of the earth’s oceans and gain an overview of marine organisms represented in the five kingdoms. We will spend a great deal of time studying the major marine ecosystems: intertidal zone, estuaries, continental shelf communities, coral reef communities, the epipelagic zone and the deep ocean. In the final quarter, we will look at the resources provided by our oceans and the human impact on those resources. Optional field trips are available for interested students and families.

Prerequisites: a basic knowledge of life sciences and a grade level of at least 9th grade (or permission of the teacher)
Textbook: Marine Biology, 9th Edition, Peter Castro and Michael E. Huber; ISBN:  978-0073524207

AP® Biology

This course has been formally authorized by the College Board to carry the AP designation. It is a rigorous course and is recommended for high school juniors and seniors who have already completed a pre-AP level of biology. Students will learn to think scientifically, design experiments and draw connections between biology and other disciplines. The course covers the four ‘Big Ideas’ and the science practices recommended by the College Board. Taught from a Christian worldview, this class will help prepare students for the AP Biology exam offered in May.

Prerequisites: A solid foundation in Biology, Chemistry and Physics; Biology taken the previous year is recommended.
Textbook: Campbell Biology, AP 9th Edition, by Jane Reece; ISBN:  978-0131375048

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