Apologia's "Exploring Creation with Biology" (2nd Edition) is designed to be a college prep science course for students in the 9th through 12th grades. Heavily emphasizing the vocabulary of biology, it will provide the student with a strong background in the scientific method, the five-kingdom classification scheme, microscopy, biochemistry, cellular biology, molecular and Mendelian genetics, evolution, dissection, and ecosystems. It also provides a complete survey of the five kingdoms in Creation. Students will get a broad overview of God's creation and should come away in awe of God's mighty power. Students who have taken or are currently taking Algebra 1 are ready for this course. This is a lab science course and will include microscope use and dissections.
Because this is a college preparatory high school class:
1. All assignments are submitted on-line and will be graded. A grade of "I" or Incomplete will be given if student completes less than 90% of assignments.
2. Students should expect to spend 120 hours on this class - this means 60 hours per semester or about 4 hours per week of co-op. Students may wish to work slowly over the week or complete assignments all at one time for the week.
3. Completion of homework, in class labs at co-op for two semesters and tests will constitute enough content to grant a student 1 credit/Carnegie unit.
4. Because this is not only a college preparatory class but also a homeschool class, homework, labs and tests will be accepted up to 2 weeks late. However, anything turned in over 2 weeks late will not be graded and will not be counted as a complete assignment for this class.
5. Grading: 100-90 = A
89-80 = B
79-70 = C
69-60 = D
Below 60% = F