The goals of the Academy first year biology course are…


Biology. Kenneth Miller and Joseph Levine. Prentice Hall Publ. 2004

     This course serves as an introduction to the fundemental concepts of biology and prepares the student for additional life science courses such as Advanced Placement Environmental Science and Advanced Placement Biology.  Content can be expected to be fairly rigorous, with high expectations of mastery of the key concepts by all students.  Topics will include animal behavior, ecology, cell biology, genetics and evolutionary theory, human biology and a survey of the diversity of life.  Laboratory activities will provide students with the opportunity for further investigations into the areas described above.  The course outline can be found in the later part of this syllabus.






Bring to class every day:



Attendance is extremely important to success in a Pre-Advanced Placement course. Students should plan on attending all classes. When an absence occurs, the student is responsible for obtaining any class notes from a fellow classmate. The absent student should also check with the instructor to determine if any activities were missed and rescedule these activities for a make up session. Make up labs will be arranged after school by the instructor and the student has the responsibility to attend these sessions. College Park has established tardy and dress code policies that will be enforced in this course. Any student not familiar with these policies should consult their student handbook.



70% Lecture & Lab Examinations – approximately every two weeks

15% Laboratory Activities & Reports

15% Daily Grades & Quizzes

Approximately 6 labs and 8 daily grades, which includes homework and quizzes, per nine weeks



Each student will be required to keep a notebook that contains notes taken in class. As your first Academy science course, you will be encouraged to develop the techniques used in taking and maintaining effective class notes. These notes can be kept in a spiral notebook, composition book, or ringed binder. During each grading period, the instructor will do periodic checks of these notes during class. Notes are to be taken by each student and photocopied notes will not be allowed.





This assignment allows students the opportunity to seek out articles that pertain to topics that are being discussed during a particular nine week grading period. Each student is required to find and read two articles that are from a reputable science journal that addresses the topics to be discussed during a quarter. Students may check the schedule to see what topics are available for each nine weeks. The instructor has several different types of journals in class that students can utilize. The article reviews should follow this format:

Documentation: This section should include the name o the article, title of the journal and date of publication and page number. A copy of the article is not needed.

Summary: This section should be approximately two paragraphs long and should summarize the topic of the article. This should touch on the main concepts.

Response: This section should include one or two paragraphs that discuss your personal feelings about the article. How did you feel about the topic and how does this current research change any pre-existing feelings that you had on this topic?

The entire report should be about one page typed. These two reports can be turned in at any time of the nine weeks, provided they are turned in before the end of the grading period. Each report must have the signature of a parent or guardian on the bottom. Reports lacking this verification will lose 10% from the grade. I would encourage students not to procrastinate on this assignment!





Topic Outline
Percentage of the Course
I. Molecules and Cells 25%
A. Chemistry of Life 7%

B. Cells

C. Cellular Energetics 8%
II. Heredity and Evolution 25%
A. Heredity 8%
B. Molecular Genetics 9%
C. Evolutionary Biology 8%
III. Organisms and Populations 50%
A. Diversity of Organisms 8%
B. Structure and Function of Plants and Animals 32%
(Including Human Biology)
C. Ecology 10%



Teacher - Karen Shumway

Conference – 12:56pm-1:42pm

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