Biology

Chat times for 2017-2018
Monday-Wednesday-Friday
9am-10:30 ET/6am-7:30am PT


Dr. Christe Ann McMenomy

Scholars Online Biology for 2017-2018

Course Overview

The Scholars Online AP Biology course is a college-level introductory survey of the basic principles of modern biology, including

  • the definition of a living organism,
  • the function and structure of cells,
  • the process of genetic inheritance,
  • growth and reproduction of cells and organisms,
  • the current theory of evolution,
  • the diversity and classification of living beings,
  • plant and animal physiology, with emphasis on human physiology, and
  • ecology.

We will approach this mass of material through our texts, through discussion, through guided Web Tours, and through lab experiences. As we learn about the concepts and methods of modern biology, we will try to put them into perspective by addressing these questions:

  • What is science?
  • What is scientific methodology?
  • How do we observe a natural object or event?
  • How do we use instruments to discover more detailed information about a living organism or process?
  • How do we evaluate and organize our knowledge?
  • What are hypotheses, models, theories, and natural laws?
  • How do we test, accept, or disprove a theory?
  • How does the very act of organizing knowledge limit or enhance the way we think about nature and ourselves?
  • What are the ethical implications of scientific investigations into life processes?
  • What are the areas of conflict between current biological theories and models and the social, cultural, and religious concerns of the human community?
  • What are our responsibilities as stewards of the natural resources of Earth?

Meetings: This course meets in online chat sesssions three times a week. Two sessions are dedicated to a review of the material and open discussion of issues students may have with concepts and applications. The third session is dedicated to covering lab work.

Credit: You may review the letter of certification and the formal syllabus and for this course as approved by the College Board. Students completing the course satisfactorily will receive formal AP credit. Students completing a minimal level of lab work will receive honors credit.

Standard Exam Preparation: Students should be well prepared to take both the AP examination and the SAT II Biology Test in both Microbiology and Ecology forms. Those interested in either exam should read the Biology Exam Preparation page, and contact the instructor if they have questions.

Prerequisites: Scholars Online AP Biology is designed to be an independent course for students who have completed high school biology, a rigorous junior high school life science course, or Scholars Online Natural Science I and II.

Labs and Lab Equipment: Students under 18 must have parental permission to perform labs in order to receive lab credit. The lab permission form and a list of required equipment and materials is available from the Lab Requirements page.


Need more information? Further details on this course are available at this site on course procedures, our apprach to evolution, and other frequently-asked questions.

Enrollment: To enroll in this course, or for further information on Scholars Online, please visit the Scholars Online Website.