• BiologyBiology Syllabus

    Biology is the study of life.  Our fundamental principle is that living things do not exist in isolation but rather are functioning parts of the delicate balance of nature.

    Understanding this balance will be the key to creating a sustainable future. 


    Biology is a complex subject, yet very conceptual meaning it is based on “big ideas”. Throughout the year, you will be asked to relate our studies to the following principles:

    ·        Science is a way of knowing.

    ·        The transfer of energy is the foundation of all life.

    ·        Life relies on continuity and change.

    ·        Biological structure is always related to function.

    ·        Organisms exist in a dynamic balance with their environment.

    ·        Science and society are permanently linked.

    The Nature of Science


    What is science?

    How do scientists investigate the world?




    How do humans impact Earth and other life forms?

    How do living things interact and create a balance in nature?


    Cells and Molecules of Life


    What cellular and molecular features do all life forms share?

    What makes a cell a “living thing”?



    Why does inheritance tend to follow patterns?

    What is the importance of genetic diversity for life?



    How are humans using our knowledge of science to make life better?


    Evolution and Classification

    What is the mechanism for the evolution of life on Earth?

    What evidence exists along with its relative strengths and weaknesses?

    How is life organized in terms of evolutionary relationships?




    How is life organized in terms of evolutionary relationships?



    To succeed in this class, you will need the following supplies:

    Access to the Titan Biology web page

    Text:  Holt McDougal Biology

    3-Ring Binder, at least 1” thick

    5 dividers with tabs

    flash drive for projects

    Headphones/earbuds for interactive computer simulations
    Loose-leaf notebook paper for binders (no rough edges will be accepted)



    Classroom Expectations


    Respect yourself, your teacher and your classmates.

    -NEVER interrupt another student's opportunity to learn.


             Preparation is the key to success!  You are expected to have your, binder, textbook, planner, and a pencil in class EVERY day.


             Honesty is a virtue!  Cheating will not be tolerated.  Penalties will be given on BOTH copied work AND the work from which it was copied.

    Course Guidelines


    It is YOUR responsibility to make-up missed work.  Homework will be available in the mailbox.  Upon your return, SEEK out a fellow classmate to obtain missed activities and notes.

    Homework Policy:

                Some course work will be finished during class; however you should expect homework 2-3 days a week.  In order to cover the high school curriculum, we will use class time to intro and reinforce concepts.  Each chapter will have a unit guide and vocab. practice to ensure comprehension.   It is in your best interest to complete assignments and ensure a positive impact on your high school GPA.


    You are EXPECTED to be seated, with materials and assignments ready at the start of the bell.  Per school policy, you will given 2 penalty free tardies each semester.   Upon entering the room, you should begin completing the bellwork assignment on the front board. 


            Grades will be derived from a variety of activities including:  tests, quizzes, homework, class work and labs.   

    Grading Scale:           A = 90 -100%

                                        B = 80 -89%

                                        C = 70 -79%

    D = 60 -69%

    F = below 59%

    Talk with your parents to obtain log-in codes to the Parent Portal site.  Here you have direct access to my grade book.

Last Modified on August 9, 2013