Biology Honors

Course Number: 404/405

Open To:
Grades 9-12

Course Length:
Full Year; 10 Units

UC/CSU Approved: Laboratory Science area “D” requirement. Satisfies one year of Science graduation requirement.

Course Description:
Biology Honors is a lab-oriented course designed to be an introduction to the science of life. Through lectures and lab experiences, the following topics are explored: evolution, genetics, ecology, cells and an overview of all biological systems, with an emphasis on the biochemical processes. This course requires more critical thinking skills and independent work within groups. This class will prepare students for the SAT II exam in molecular biology.

Textbook/Class Resources:

  • Campbell Biology Concepts and Connections; 9th Edition, 2018; Pearson. (with Mastering Biology)
  • ISBN# 9780134653402 (e-text + Mastering Biology)

Students are strongly encouraged to buy the text directly from Pearson.

To locate the book on their website, go to Pearson →  enter school’s zipcode (92116) → select OLP → enter ISBN

Level of Difficulty:
  Very Difficult

Estimated Homework Per Class:
30 minutes
30-60 minutes
60-90 minutes

High School Placement Test
Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better for all other students.