One-Semester Course (Fall and Spring). This course will provide an in-depth exploration of biological phenomena through laboratory investigation. In the fall, students will conduct experiments related to the topics of ecology, biochemistry, cell structure and function, and bioenergetics. In the spring, students will conduct experiments related to the topics of heredity, natural selection, plant diversity, invertebrate diversity, and vertebrate diversity. Course content includes but is not limited to study and application of the experimental method, composition of lab reports, peer review, and presentation of lab results.
Please note: The fall and spring semesters of this lab cover different material. We recommend that students interested in science take both semesters. However, students may choose to register for the fall or spring semester only, depending on transcript needs.
- See example syllabus for full list of lab materials (click here).
- A high school biology textbook is highly recommended for reference. We recommend McGraw-Hill Education Glencoe Biology. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 2017. ISBN 9780076774289
Class meets once per week for 50-55 minutes.
Class cap: 15 students.
Designed for grades 9-12.
Students in grades 9-12 may be awarded .5 Natural Science Lab credit upon completion of this course.
*A student will earn a full laboratory science credit if taking a non-lab science and the corresponding lab together. For example, if a student takes Biology and one-semester of Biology lab, she will earn 1.5 laboratory science credits.