Honors Biology (2008-2009)
Mrs. Dee Gess

Course OverviewEdit

This course is designed to introduce the student to biology, the study of life. My expectation is that students will learn major concepts and see science as a process, rather than an accumulation of facts. Vocabulary and facts will often be memorized in the learning process but I hope that students gain a much bigger picture of living organisms.

By using the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS) the following will be addressed:

  • The nature of scientific inquiry. Science is an open-ended, intellectual activity, and what is presently “known” or believed is subject to change at any time.
  • The limitations of science and scientific methods.
  • The diversity of life and the interrelations among organisms.
  • The biological bases of problems in medicine, public health, agriculture, and conservation.
  • The historical development of biological concepts and the relationship of those concepts to the society and technology of each age.
  • The intricacy of the living world and wonder of God’s creation.
  • Our place in nature. As living organisms, we have much in common with other organisms. Please note that I have chosen a secular text rather than one based on creation. My goal is to prepare students to defend their faith and understand what will be taught regarding evolution in secular colleges. We will be supplementing our evolution content with Lee Strobel’s A Case for a Creator.

Course ExpectationsEdit

  1. Students will be responsible for any material missed because of absences, whether field trip, sporting event, illness, etc. It is in the student’s best interest to set up a time to meet with me to cover the missed material.
  2. Attendance on lab days is extremely important. Labs are unable to be made up due to set-up, time constraints, and perishable materials. At my discretion, the student may be required to do an alternate assignment related to the subject matter.
  3. Students will learn to use their text as a study tool and become proficient in reading for pertinent information.
  4. Students should review notes daily and ask questions if needed before we move on.
  5. Students should come to class prepared and on time. Class will start when the bell rings. There will be a daily opener on the board that will due within 5 minutes of the bell.
  6. All assignments should be completed on time or will receive a penalty. Class time will be much more beneficial to you if you have prepared adequately ahead of time. If there are any extenuating circumstances preventing your completion talk with me before the due date.
  7. All work turned in must be your best work and neatly completed with complete thoughts. I will not accept incomplete or messy work.
  8. Students should have access to a computer and printer frequently. Plan ahead if the school computers are needed.


  • Tests 50% - consisting of multiple choice, true/false, fill in the blank, short answer, and essay.
  • Quizzes/Labs 30%
  • Daily 20% - includes daily openers, homework, participation, in class and out of class activities


  • Three-ring binder
  • Dividers (pockets may be useful)
  • Notebook paper
  • Pencils and blue/black pens
  • Colored pencils or fine tip markers
  • Calculator
  • Text book cover
  • Index cards (optional)
  • Computer access

Help HoursEdit

Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 7:30, Monday through Thursday from 3-3:30. Other times available upon request. Please make arrangements with me ahead of time so I can make sure I am in my room. I prefer for you to write in your “appointment” in the designated calendar.

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