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.
Four class periods. Open to Uppers and Seniors who have had one year of laboratory science, this course will examine public health threats posed by selected microorganisms. We will study the biology and epidemiology of these microorganisms and learn how to keep ourselves healthy, developing an awareness of personal and global public health issues. From AIDS and malaria to strep throat and the common cold, bacteria, parasites and viruses affect our quality of life and are major obstacles to world development.