The biology department offers a yearlong introductory course which satisfies part of the diploma requirement for a laboratory science. Most Juniors will take Biology 100 as their introductory science course. Uppers and Seniors are placed in Biology 550 or 560, 570, 580 by the department chair. In general, students who have had a year of biology and honors in chemistry, or have had AP Chemistry and AP Physics, will be in the 560, 570, 580 sequence. Most other students who wish to take the Biology AP exam should take Biology 550.
Lowers may take biology only by special permission from the department chair.
class periods, of which two will be in the field or laboratory.
For Uppers and Seniors who have completed a yearlong science
course. This course will begin examining the basic concepts of
ecology, such as energy flow, food chains and pyramids, nutrient
cycles and population dynamics. The majority of the work will
focus on major topics of human ecology, such as world population,
global warming, ozone destruction, water treatment, waste disposal
and energy choices for now and the future. A project or paper will
be required. Not open to students who have taken