Single-semester course with full-year option. This course will provide an in-depth exploration of biological phenomena through laboratory investigation. In the fall, students will investigate topics including ecology, biochemistry, cell structure and function, and bioenergetics. In the spring, students will investigate topics including heredity, natural selection, and special topics relating to specific organisms including plants and animals. Class meetings and assignments will require students to study and apply the experimental method, compose lab reports, engage in peer review with classmates, present lab results, and discuss special topics, including scientific ethics and historic experiments in the field of biology. Upon completion of the Biology Lab course, successful students will have become adept at applying their knowledge of biology and the scientific method by designing and carrying out experiments, interpreting data and the results of scientific investigations, presenting their results for peer comment and review, and thoughtfully engaging in scientific discourse.
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.
- Students must obtain lab materials in advance in order to successfully conduct lab investigations by the scheduled due date. Access the full materials list for both semesters 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.