Biology Lab:  This college-prep biology course provides a detailed introduction to the methods and concepts of general biology.  Heavily emphasizing the vocabulary of biology, it provides the student with a strong background in the scientific method, the five-kingdom classification scheme, microscopy, biochemistry, cellular biology, molecular and Mendelian genetics, evolution, dissection, and ecosystems.  It also provides a complete survey of the five kingdoms in Creation. Students who take and understand this course will be well-prepared for a challenging university biology course and the biological science sections of the ACT or SAT.

Hands-on experiments are an integral part of this class.  Numerous in-class labs, investigations, dissections and microscope work provide opportunities to develop laboratory skills including careful observation and interpretation of lab data.  Additionally, review games, activities and videos are incorporated to reinforce concepts learned.  Opportunities for peer discussion of class topics are provided as well as interactive small group activities. 

Grade level:  9th – 12th grade

Homework:  Minimum of 5-7 hours per week

Prerequisite:  Junior High level general science and physical science courses.  Students must be able to keep up with reading and homework to fully comprehend the material and to be prepared for class discussions and experiments.

Text:  Required text is Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Biology, 2nd Edition, by Dr. Jay Wile, (ISBN # 9781932012545) and the Solutions and Tests Manual (ISBN # 9781932012552). May be purchased from Apologia or locally from Heppner’s Legacy in Elk River at 763-241-4663. Auditory learners or slow-readers may want to also purchase the MP3 audiobook.

Required:  Reliable internet access and e-mail account for students to receive class notices, submit assignments, participate in class discussions, download supplemental reading and worksheets, take practice tests, view supplemental videos, and link to applicable websites.  Additional fee of $10-$20 for online video access may be required.