Course Number: 402/403

Open To:
Grades 9-12

Course Length:
Full Year; 10 Units

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

Course Description:
Biology is a lab-oriented course designed to be an introduction to the science of life. Through experimentation and lectures, the following topics are explored: biochemistry, classification, evolution, genetics, ecology, cells, and an overview of biological systems. This class will prepare students for the SAT II exam in ecological biology.

Textbook/Class Resources:

  • Biology Miller + Levine; Kenneth R. Miller and Joseph S. Levine; 2019 Student Edition
  • ISBN: 9780328995059 (digital)
  • ISBN: 9780328925124 (print)
  • 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 each 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 student’s preference.

If you are purchasing a digital text, please email a copy of the purchase to your teacher for access.

Level of Difficulty:
  Very Difficult

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

High School Placement Test