• Introduction

    Biology is the study of life. This course includes the study of the structure and function of living organisms, energy transformations, a comparative survey of life processes, diversity of life, and the interdependence of organisms and their environment. Investigations emphasize process skill development and safe manipulation of laboratory apparatus and materials in the field and laboratory. There is a lot of material to be covered in this course, so you are expected to come to class prepared.

    Key to Success

    Study every day. Spend at least 10 minutes each day outside of school reviewing the topics covered in class. You are most likely able to retain the information that we covered in class if you review it on your own time, on the same day, outside of school. Make a habit out of studying at the same time every day, such as after dinner, before going to bed, and with friends who are also taking Biology.

    Course Outline

    • Unit 1: Safety and Science
    • Unit 2: Biomolecules
    • Unit 3: Cells
    • Unit 4: Photosynthesis
    • Unit 5: Cellular Respiration
    • Unit 6: DNA and Protein Synthesis
    • Unit 7: Cell Cycle
    • Unit 8: Mendelian Genetics
    • Unit 9: Nonmendelian Genetics
    • Unit 10: Evolution
    • Unit 11: Classification
    • Unit 12: Ecology
    • Unit 13: Plants
    • Unit 14: Human Body Systems


    You may access the Textbook online by following these instructions:

    1. Go to MyApps
    2. Clever
    3. Holt McDougal Online
    4. and then to Student Resources.

    Behavior Guidelines

    • Respect everybody.
    • Raise your hand for permission to speak.
    • Keep your electronic devices turned off and out of sight. (No warnings. I will have to confiscate it if I see or hear these devices).
    • No eating allowed, however you may keep a water bottle.
    • Bring supplies to class every day.
    • Please keep the classroom free of trash.
    • Apply science safety rules at all times.
    • Restrooms: Only one person at a time can leave class for restroom, water, etc. You must sign out and back in. Leave your cell phone on my desk when leaving to go to the restroom.

    Late work policy

    • 1 day late: - 15pts
    • 2 days late: - 30 pts
    • 3 or more days late: up to - 50pts


    Understand that it is YOUR responsibility to check for missing assignments. If you are absent, check Schoology on that for a list of assignments. If you have further questions, email me.


    A tardy is defined as not being in your assigned seat when the bell rings. Understand that if you are tardy, you may need to check in at the Tardy Station or Attendance Office.