Course: Honors/AP Biology

V Honors/AP Biology • Offering for 2017 • Grade 9 or above • Science Sequence
* Primary Instructor
Christe McMenomy
* Sections
[Enrolled students will be notified if teacher schedules change between course posting at the time enrollment opens and the scheduled start of classes. Please see Tuition and Fees for refund policy.]
Section 1 Instructor: Christe McMenomy
Classes meet from September 5, 2017 to June 1, 2018
Monday 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM ET • Wednesday 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM ET • Friday 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM ET
Enrollment Policy: Full Year Only
Tuition: $600.00

* Website
Please review more extensive materials at the teacher's Honors/AP Biology website.
* Description

AP/Honors Biology builds on concepts of matter acquired in junior high or basic chemistry, covering more advanced concepts in organic chemistry, the structure and components of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, cellular respiration and photosynthesis, genetics and heredity, evolution and speciation, comparative anatomy with an emphasis on human anatomy and physiology, plant structure, growth, and reproduction, and ecology.

REQUIRED LAB WORK: Students who complete at least 12 labs and satisfactorily complete all other work may receive honors credit for the course. Students who complete 20 lab exercises, 10 of which must be AP level labs, and satisfactorily complete all other work will receive AP credit.

This course has been updated and is certified by the College Board as meeting or exceeding all syllabus requirements, including lab work, for AP Biology. Students completing this course satisfactorily will be prepared to take the SAT II and AP Biology examinations.

This course is taught using the Scholars Online Chat software, which allows the teacher to embed graphics, mathematical equations, and movies in the chat session, with complete logging available for the entire year. Audio software is not used to allow students with limited internet access to participate fully, and to encourage precise thinking and writing skills.

* Meetings
This course meets 3 times per week for discussion and review of assigned homework.
* Homework
Students are expected to read 20-30 pages of text with close attention to graphical information, complete 10-12 study guide exercises, and write two short essays each week. Online quizzes are required for each chapter, term reports and comprehensive examinations are given each semester. Students also must complete lab exercises and reports (approximately two labs every three weeks).
* Prerequisites
One year accelerated life science course at junior high level, Natural Science II. or basic high school biology.
* Recommended background
Students should have completed a junior high school level course in life science that covers the description of a cell and its method of reproduction, concepts of classification of organisms, some evolution theory, and some human anatomy and physiology (i.e., human organ systems and their functions). We cover all of these topics in detail, and students have an easier time if they have been exposed to the basic concepts before starting this course. It is also useful to have some physical science experience, especially with the concepts of atoms, molecules, chemical reactions, and thermodynamics or heat energy to better understand our discussions of cell structure and functions.
* Instructor's Notes
Attendance at three weekly sessions is required for all students. Two sessions will cover textbook materials and homework assignments. The third session will cover lab work and specific preparation for the AP examination in May, 2017.

Controversial topics such as evolution, reproductive controls, and genetic engineering require student maturity. For information about our approach to evolution, see the evolution page.

V Textbooks and Materials
* AP Biology Investigative Labs: An Inquiry-Based Approach Student Manual
The College Board
This text is required.
ISBN: None
Publisher's website: AP Biology Investigative Labs: An Inquiry-Based Approach Student Manual
Best sources: store.collegeboard.com/productdetail.do?Itemkey=110084587
Other information: Item #110084587
* Biology: Concepts and Connections (Edition: 8)
Neil A. Campbell, Janet B. Reece, Lawrence G. Mitchell, Martha R. Taylor
This text is required.
ISBN: 0321885325
Publisher's website: Biology: Concepts and Connections
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
Other information: An alternative format (3-hole looseleaf) that is somewhat cheaper is available and may be substituted (ISBN 0321885325). eText versions are also available to buy or rent; be sure to purchase the correct edition for the length of the course (September 2017-May 2018). MasteringBiology access is not required as it adds significantly to the cost. Students may not substitute editions (e.g., students may NOT use edition 7 of the textbook for the 2017-2018 course).
* Illustrated Guide to Home Biology Experiments (Edition: 1)
Robert B. Thompson, Barbara F. Thompson
This text is required.
ISBN: 1449396593
Publisher's website: Illustrated Guide to Home Biology Experiments
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
Other information: Lab materials for the lab section of the course may be purchased from a number of places. However, the Home Scientist website also offers several kits to supplement this text.
* Student Study Guide for Biology: Concepts and Connections (Edition: 7)
Liebert, Campbell, Reece, Taylor, Simon, Dickey
This text is required.
ISBN: 0321742583
Publisher's website: Student Study Guide for Biology: Concepts and Connections
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
Other information: STUDY GUIDE WARNING: I have placed this book on optional status; this is the 7th edition; as of 1 August 2017, there does not appear to be a study guide to accompany the 8th edition as the publisher moves to online tools. Most exercises will apply to the 8th edition, however, and some students may find completing related exercises useful as a personal study aid.
* Home Biology Laboratory Kit BK01A
Robert B. and Barbara F. Thompson
This text is recommended; purchase and use is optional.
ISBN:
Publisher's website: Home Biology Laboratory Kit BK01A
Best sources: The Home Scientist
Other information: The BK01A version of the biology kit contains most (but not all) equipment required to complete the AP level biology experiments for this course. While it is possible to secure individual items for each lab, and may be less expensive for students completing only the Honors option, you may find purchase the kit more convenient.


Scholars Online is currently engaged in accreditation evaluation by MSA-CESS for the 2017-2018 academic year. Courses taken from Fall 2009 - Spring 2017 were fully accredited by AdvancED and NWAC. For more information on accreditation, see our Scholars Online Accreditation page.