Biology Honors A/B (P)

This course is aligned with the NGSS Life Standards.

The Honors Biology A/B course fulfills the general education requirement for life science and is available to 9th through 12th grade students. Grades earned in this course are calculated on a 5-point scale and are therefore weighted. This course may be recommended for the 9th-grade student who has successfully completed 8th-grade science and math courses with an A average. It is recommended that a 9th-grade student enrolling in Honors Biology A/B also be concurrently enrolled in Geometry.

Honors Biology A/B is a year-long advanced college preparatory laboratory science course designed to develop an understanding of the Life Science Disciplinary Core Ideas as outlined by the High School NGSS Life Standards. The Disciplinary Core Ideas covered in this course are: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes, Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics, Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits, and Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity. Laboratory activities in this course stress the development of essential skills, such as detailed observation, accurate recording, experimental design, data interpretation, and analysis. Passing both terms of this course student will meet the life science unit graduation requirement and the UC laboratory science requirement