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.

BIOL-421 Ornithology


Five class periods, of which two will be in the field or laboratory. Open to Uppers and Seniors who have completed a yearlong science course.

No other group of chordates has captured the human imagination like birds. In the United States alone approximately 30 million homes have installed birdfeeders, and the sale of feeders, seed, binoculars and bird guides has become a multibillion dollar business. The goal of this course is to provide an in-depth look into the world of birds by studying the anatomy, physiology and natural history of these feathered vertebrates. The Andover area is rich in habitat diversity and corresponding bird species, and a portion of the course will be dedicated to learning the identity (both visually and acoustically) of a segment of this local population. Labs will include field trips, birdhouse construction, and the study of bird anatomy using dissections and models.

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