Honors Biology

Current Teachers: Brian Weiss

Semester 1:

Chapter 1: The Science of Biology

  • 1-1 What is Science?
  • 1-2 Science in Context
  • 1-3 Studying Life
  • Graphing Packet 1

Chapter 2: The Chemistry of Life

  • 2-1 The Nature of Matter
  • 2-2 Properties of Water
  • 2-3 Carbon Compounds
  • 2-4 Chemical Reactions and Enzymes
  • Graphing Packet 2
  • Making Metric Conversions with Factor Labeling


Chapter 3: The Biosphere

  • 3-1 What is Ecology?
  • 3-2 Energy, Producers & Consumers
  • 3-3 Energy Flow in Ecosystems
  • 3-4 Cycles of Matter


Chapter 4: Ecosystems and Communities

  • 4-1 Climate
  • 4-2 Niches and Community Interactions
  • 4-3 Succession
  • 4-4 Biomes
  • 4-5 Aquatic Ecosystems


Chapter 5: Populations

  • 5-1 How Populations Grow
  • 5-2 Limits to Growth
  • 5-3 Human Population Growth


Chapter 6 Humans in the Biosphere


Chapter 7 Cell Structure and Function

  • Cell Transport Unit (NGSS Design - 5 days)
  • Diffusion Inquiry Lab and Repeating other students’ experiment (2.5 Days - Formal Lab Report)
  • Perform other students’ experiment based off their lab report
  • 1 day on cell organelles structure and function (Review of Middle School)
  • Cell Homeostasis - Maximizing Mitochondria with Resveratrol


Chapter 8 Photosynthesis (2 Week Unit)

  • 8-1 Energy and Life
  • 8-2 Photosynthesis - an overview
  • 8-3 Photosynthesis - Detailed Process


Chapter 9 Cellular Respiration and Fermentation (2 Week Unit)

  • 9-1 Cellular Respiration - an overview
  • 9-2 Cellular Respiration -Detailed Process
  • 9-3 Fermentation


Chapter 10 Cell Growth and Division (4 Day Unit - Review of M.S.)


Chapter 11 Introduction to Genetics

  • 11-1 The Work of Gregor Mendel
  • 11-2 Applying Mendel’s Principles
  • 11-3 Other Patterns of Inheritance
  • 11-4 Meiosis (3 Days)


Semester 2

Chapter 12 DNA

  • 12-1 Identifying the Substances of DNA
  • 12-2 The Structure of DNA
  • 12-3 DNA Replication


Chapter 13 RNA & Protein Synthesis

  • 13-1 RNA
  • 13-2 Ribosomes & Protein Synthesis
  • 13-3 Mutations
  • 13-4 Gene Regulation and Expression


Human Heredity

  • 14-1 Human Chromosomes
  • 14-2 Human Genetic Disorders
  • 14-3 Studying the Human Genome


Ch. 15 Genetic Engineering

  • Selective Breeding
  • Recombinant DNA
  • Applications of Genetic Engineering
  • Ethics and Impact of Biotechnology


Ch. 16 Darwin’s Theory of Evolution

  • 16-1 Darwin’s Voyage of Discovery
  • 16-2 Ideas that shaped Darwin’s Thinking
  • 16-3 Darwin Presents His Case
  • 16-4 Evidence of Evolution


Ch. 17 Evolution of Populations

  • 17-1 Genes and Variation
  • 17-2 Evolution as Genetic Change in Populations
  • 17-3 The Process of Speciation
  • 17-4 Molecular Evolution