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Chat times for 2023-2024
11:00a-12:30p ET/8:00a-9:30a PT

Dr. Christe Ann McMenomy

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Scholars Online Biology

Scholars Online Biology

Course Overview

Scholars Online offers a an intensive introduction to biology covering the following topics:

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:

Text: see the text and materials page for information about the textbooks required for course.

Browser Recommendation: I strongly that you use FireFox to attend class and use the Moodle, and avoid Chrome and Microsoft Edge, since Google and Microsoft chose not to implement the MathML standard in their browsers. While biology is not as math-dependent as chemistry or physics, the ability to clearly display mathematical and chemical formula in chat is necessary on occasion. Addtionally, he Moodle is optimized for FireFox; some features are available in FireFox and not in other browsers.

Meetings: This course meets twice a week in live ninety-minute chat sessions using the Scholars Online HTML-based chat application (no audio)1 for a review of the material and open discussion of homework assignments or topics posing difficulties. Some time will be devoted to basic lab work. Students post individually-assigned problems to the course conference center to gain practice in explaining solutions.

Credit: Students completing the course will receive high school biology credit. Students completing additional lab work will receive honors credit.

Standard Exam Preparation: Students taking the Biology course should be well prepared to take both the SAT II Biology Test in both Microbiology and Ecology forms, or the CLEP biology test. Students completing extra lab work should be prepared to take the Advanced Placement Biology exam. Those interested in any of these exams should read the Biology Exam Preparation page, and contact the instructor if they have questions.

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

1I discuss my reasons for sticking to text-based chat in my May 29, 2020 Continuing in the Word blog entry "To Zoom or not to Zoom". The Scholars Online chat software runs on any browser and can handle most presentation forms — check out the Live Chats description page and Sample Chats to see how we include diagrams, equations, and even videos!

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 Notes:

Enrollment for the 2024-2025 academic year opens March 1, 2024. Please see the Scholars Online website to review tuition, fees, schedule, and textbooks for the upcoming course year.

To attend pre-session orientation to the Scholars Online Chat and Moodle platforms, be sure to enroll by August 20, 2024.