This is our catalog of courses. We will occasionally adjust the course listing to reflect the addition of new courses and the retirement of others.
Using Classical Academic Press’s General Biology (Novare Series), we will combine up-to-date science with a Catholic worldview. The textbook starts at the atomic level and progresses to ever larger scales: cells, genes, microorganisms, plants, animals, and human organ systems. The final chapters survey ecology and the theory of evolution.
For Part Two, we will continue to increase the scale of our study of biology, identifying and classifying life from viruses to humans, the organs and organ systems of humans, and conclude with ecology and evolution. We continue to use the Novare method—learn, master, retain—as the goal for students in this course for the study of Biology. This course prepares students for ACT/SAT science. Students are expected to take notes during class and ask questions. Notes will help with weekly quizzes, as quizzes are open book.
Week 1: Taxonomy
Week 2: Viruses
Week 3: Prokaryotes
Week 4: Protists
Week 5: Fungi
Week 6: Plants Part 1
Week 7: Plants Part 2
Week 8: Invertebrates
Week 9: Chordates
Week 10: Brawn and brains—Musculoskeletal and nervous systems
Week 11: Circulation, Respiration, Digestion
Week 12: Kidneys and excretion; Reproduction
Week 13: Ecology
Week 14: The theory of evolution
Lab sequence: (Note: Labs are alternate weeks; Labs will require purchase of specimens for dissection.)
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Homework: Expect to spend approximately two-plus hours each week outside of the classroom on vocabulary study, reading, and quizzes. Vocabulary is assigned alongside the weekly reading for better understanding of the material and to prepare the student for the live lecture. Most of the computer-graded quiz material is based on vocabulary and what is presented in class. The sequence of events for each week is as follows:
Labs to be completed on alternate weeks will require 1-1½ hours.
Class Dates and Starting Times:
Tuesdays, January 9 to April 30, 2024 (No class Feb. 6, Feb. 13, or March 26)
5:30 PM Eastern (4:30 Central, 3:30 Mountain, 2:30 Pacific)
Wednesdays, January 10 to May 1, 2024 (No class Feb. 7, Feb. 14, or March 27)
2:30 PM Eastern (1:30 Central, 12:30 Mountain, 11:30 Pacific)
Duration per class: 70 minutes