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-580 Evolution and Ecology (AP)


Five class periods, of which two will be in the field or laboratory. Sustainability and change are the central themes through which we will consider evolution and ecology. Evolution is a major unifying theme in biology, and the mechanism of natural selection serves as a foundation for examining ecosystems and relationships between populations. Problems of societal concern will be discussed. Plant physiology will be viewed in the context of evolution and ecology. A short library research paper will be required. Not open to those who have had Biology 550. This course may require more than the standard four-to-five hours of homework per week. Prerequisite: yearlong courses in biology and chemistry or Biology 560 and/or Biology 570.

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