Biology Honors

Course Number: 404/405

Open To:
Grades 9-12

Course Length:
Full Year; 10 Units

UC/CSU Approved: Laboratory Science area “D” requirement.

Course Description:
Biology Honors is a lab-oriented course designed to be an introduction to the science of life. Through lectures and lab experiences, the following topics are explored: biochemistry, evolution, genetics, ecology, cells, and an overview of all biological systems, with an emphasis on the biochemical processes. This course requires more critical thinking skills and independent work within groups. This class will prepare students for the SAT II exam in molecular biology.

Textbook/Class Resources:

  • Campbell Biology Concepts and Connections; 10th Edition, 2021; Pearson. (with Modified Mastering Biology) ISBN-13: 9780136538882 (e-text + Mastering Biology)
  • Textbook Purchasing Instructions

Students are strongly encouraged to purchase the textbook directly from the Pearson Website. Please follow these instructions for purchasing:

  1. Go to
  2. Enter the school zip code 92116
  3. Select Academy of Our Lady of Peace
  4. Use the drop-down menu to select your course

For the course, you will see two options listed. The more expensive option is for the print textbook + the e-textbook/digital courseware access. The less expensive option is for the e-textbook/digital courseware access only. Either option is fine and is up to the individual student’s preference.

Level of Difficulty:
  Very Difficult

Estimated Homework Per Class:
30 minutes
30-60 minutes
60-90 minutes

High School Placement Test for Frosh
Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better for all other students.