Course Syllabus 2018-2019 (Semester II)


Course Title:  Biology


Contact Information:   Mrs. Houk– – 262.534.3189 ext. 7410


Textbook and Materials:  Biology, Miller and Levine, Pearson, 2014.

 Students supply 3-ring binder with loose leaf paper or notebook and folder; pencil/pen; assignment notebook

Course Fee:  0


Course Description:  Biology is the study of living things. It is the scientific extension of the human tendency to feel connected to and curious about all forms of life. This course will give students an understanding and appreciation of the vast diversity of living organisms, their remarkable adaptations to their environments, and their evolutionary and ecological relationships. Special emphasis is placed on the basic unity of life and the fundamental similarities of the challenges that have been faced and solved by all living organisms. This course will prepare students for higher education.


Course Content:


Quarter 3:                                                                  Quarter 4:

Cell Growth and Division                                            Darwin’s Theory of Evolution

Introduction to Genetics                                             Evolution of Populations

DNA                                                                            Classification

RNA and Protein Synthesis                                         History of Life

Human Heredity                                                          Dissections

             Genetic Engineering                                                                                        


Assessment Types:   

50% = Tests and projects           30% = Labs and Quizzes                      20% = Homework


Late Work Policy:  Late work is NOT accepted.


Classroom Expectations:

Be Prepared

Biology is a college prep course. If you are not planning to attend college you may have been misplaced in the course.

Bring materials with you daily. This includes pen/pencil, textbook, assignment notebook, and notebook/binder.

Be Responsible

Be on time and in your assigned seat when the bell rings. (Tardy Policy)

If you are absent, please make up quizzes daily and tests within two days. Labs must be made up within one week.

If you need additional help, see me before the assignment is due!

Be Respectful

Straighten tables, chairs, etc and clean up lab stations before leaving.

Do NOT line up at the door or leave until I dismiss you.

Leave hats, coats, etc. in your locker.  Purses and backpacks must be kept on the floor under your desk. 

Respect one another, the animals, and the equipment in the classroom.

No Horseplay – failure to comply may result in the removal from participation in labs = zero.


I have read and understand the expectations.

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