Honors Biology II Course Description



Prerequisite:  Students should have passed SC.02A Honors Biology I, SC.03A Honors Chemistry I and SC.04A Honors Physics I with a grade of 70% or better.

Topics addressed in this course include, but are not limited to, an in depth study of Biochemistry, Entomology, Cellular Energetics, Bioethics, Glycolysis, Cellular Respiration, Photosynthesis and Current Developments in Biology.  In this course students should expect a fast pace and high rigor.  It is intended for the student pursuing a college degree and will be taught much like a college course.  Student must be self-motivated and able to work independently with much productivity.  Student will be expected to collaborate with peers to problem-solve and to develop creative pieces of work.  Either a formal debate or a formal research paper and presentation will be assigned, both requiring research and writing/speaking skills.  Students must be open to listening compassionately to the opinions of all others and be willing to learn from their classmates as well as the teacher.  Having an ability to meet deadlines is a must!  Students will be asked to read challenging texts from many different sources.  Students will be asked to apply difficult concepts, utilizing his/her analytical, and interpretive, critical thinking skills.  Student will be expected to be part of a scholarly dialogue and to be an active member of the class.  Scientific use of GIS technology and Remote Sensing tools are integrated as part of authentic and experiential learning to bring real science experiences into the classroom.  Student will participate in laboratory experiences, small group activities, individual learning and investigation as well as class discussions.  Students are expected to create a scientific insect collection as well as to engage in a natural field science experience.