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-550/0 Advanced Placement Biology

(a yearlong commitment)

Six class periods, of which two will be in the laboratory. This course is open to Uppers and Seniors who wish to study biology in depth and prepare for the Advanced Placement examination in biology. For lowers, permission of the department chair is required. This rigorous college-level survey course treats the topics covered in an introductory biology course in greater depth and places greater emphasis on chemistry. Laboratory work is an integral part of the course. Students who received a final grade of 5 or 6 in Chemistry 300 (or above) and who have had some biology should take the Biology 560, 570, 580 sequence. Biology 550 is NOT open to those who have completed Biology 560, 570 or 580. Biology 550 may require more than the standard four-to-five hours per week of homework. Prerequisite: one yearlong course in chemistry. Uppers and Seniors who have not had a yearlong biology course may take this course after consulting with the department chair.

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