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Biology

S301: Biology: A Human Approach
This course explores biology in a rigorous way using the principles of Evolution and Ecology: patterns and products of change in living systems and the interdependence of all living things; Homeostasis: within cells and body systems; Energy, Matter and Organization: relationships in living systems; Reproduction and genetics; growth and differentiation. Students approach each principle through a variety of hands on activities and experimentation. Students will develop skills in design of experimental procedures, collection and analysis of data, and written and oral presentation. They will also conduct experiments of their own design to make connections between biological concepts and their own lives, and produce lab reports. Length: One semester; Credits: 10; Prerequisites: Physics and Chemistry

S302: Biology
science.jpgThis course will explore the biological world from organic chemistry through basic ecological principles, and provide a foundation for advanced scientific investigation and study. This accelerated course, a precursor to AP Biology, will focus on current research as it exposes the dynamic and diverse field of biology through the following topics: (1) Biochemistry; (2) Cell Biology; (3) Genetics and Biotechnology; (4) Human Anatomy and Physiology; and (5) Biodiversity, Ecology and Evolution. Research in scientific literature, lab skills, student presentations and problem solving techniques will complement the course. Students will be encouraged to take the SAT II biology exam at the end of the course. Length: One semester; Credits: 10; Prerequisites: Physics and Chemistry grades of B or better or recommendation of previous science teacher

S501 AP Biology
This college level course builds on knowledge obtained in physics, chemistry and biology. The course emphasizes biological principles from an evolutionary perspective. The first semester examines the structure and function of molecules and cells, the molecular basis of heredity and evolution. The second semester examines organismal diversity and the structure and function of plants and animals, followed by a study of interactions in populations and communities. Length: Year; Credits: 20 (one distributional course requirement); Prerequisites: Grades of B- or better in Physics, Chemistry and Biology and the recommendation of a science teacher; The Biology requirement may be waived with a science teacher recommendation and a grade of B or better on a Biology exam by the end of the first week of school. Students will be expected to complete a summer assignment before course begins