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Course Comparison Sheets

Curious what the difference between Earth Science and Biology?  Are you ready for Honors Biology or is regular Geometry more appropriate for you?  Use these Course Comparison Sheets to help identify the right class for you.

Environmental Science and Biology

Course Comparison Information Sheet


Environmental Science

Biology

Biology Honors

Text:

  • Pearson Environmental Science, and Google Classroom

Text:

  • Standard first year high school Biology text

Text:

  • College entry-level Biology textbook.
  • Novel “The Hot Zone”

Content:

Survey course covering foundational concepts in Environmental Science 

  • Ecology
  • Geology
  • Human Population Dynamic
  • Renewable and Nonrenewable Energy
  • Hydrology
  • Waste Management

Content:

  • Nature of science
  • Ecology
  • Evolution
  • Classification and characteristics of living things
  • Biochemistry
  • Cell structure and function
  • Plant and animal systems
  • Mendelian and molecular genetics

Content:

  • Same topics as in Biology, but with a greater level of detail/depth and more biochemical emphasis
  • Bioethics will be embedded

Workload:

  • 15-25 minutes of studying, review and homework assignments 1-2 nights per week.
  • Most work done in groups with heavy teacher guidance through all assignments

Workload:

  • 20-30 minutes of studying which will include reviewing, reading and/or written assignments 2-3 nights per week
  • Some independent work expected, but often reviewed in class

Workload:

  • 30-40 minutes of reading and/or written assignments 3-4 nights a week.
  • More independent work expected.

In-class instruction:

  • Lectures, laboratory experience activities, demonstrations, and projects.
  • Pacing is dependent student success and work completion

In-class instruction:

  • Lectures, laboratory experience, activities, demonstrations, computer work, modeling, and projects.
  • Lectures will cover material at a slightly slower pace than honors

In-class instruction:

  • Laboratory experience, discussions, projects, computer work, simulations. modeling, and presentations.
  • Lectures will cover more difficult topics at a faster pace.

Skills developed:

  • Students will use their basic Algebra skills to solve simple equations
  • NGSS Science and Engineering practices.
  • Creation of graphs and graphical analysis of data both by hand and with a computer
  • Logical reasoning skills related to collected or provided data
  • Group collaboration and intrapersonal skills
  • Academic organization/studying
  • Preparation for successful transition to Biology

Skills developed: 

    • NGSS Science and Engineering practices.
    • Use of research and scientific method to determine answers.
    • Creation of graphs and graphical analysis of data both by hand and with a computer
    • Logical reasoning skills that connect experimental results to Biology principles.
    • Communication of ideas and  reasoning to others in written and spoken form.
    • Biotechnology skills and techniques

Skills in addition to those in Biology: 

  • Sophisticated use of the Google Suite.
  • Library and Internet research skills.
  • Design and implementation of experiments

Background necessary for success

  • Study and organizational skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • Critical thinking

Background necessary for success

  • Study and organizational skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • Critical thinking

Background necessary for success:

  • Comfort applying Algebra skills.
  • Strong reading, writing, and analytical skills.

NOTE: The textbooks used in these courses are different.  Topics are not covered in the same order. It is very difficult to change courses after the school year has started.