Biology B

What roles do humans and animal organisms play on the Earth?

Why Take This Course?

What was the Earth like long ago? How long ago did life appear on earth? What can fossils tell us? Was Darwin right? How has the human population changed over the centuries? How important is biodiversity? Do we really need to know about organisms we can’t even see? What part do these tiny entities play? In Biology B, we continue from Biology A learning about the diversity of life on our planet and gain a greater understanding and respect for Earth and its creatures, great and small.

Course Framework

Unit 1Unit 2Unit 3Unit 4
How did life as we know it come to exist and how do I sort it all out?What are the characteristics of the eukaryotic kingdoms?How do living organisms interact to create ecosystems and biomes?What factors alter ecosystems and how?
What does evolution really involve?What makes a virus and how do viruses function?What makes an ecosystem and what are some different types of ecosystems?What affects population size of different species?
How do we organize life here on Earth?What are protists and fungi and how do they function?How do matter and energy cycle through ecosystems?How do natural resources affect diversity?
What are the characteristics of plants and how do they function?How do species interact with the environment and each other?How do humans impact our ecosystem?
What are the characteristics of animals and how do they behave?How does the use of bioremediation impact the environment?

Texts and Materials Students Must Purchase

David George HaskellThe Forest Unseen: A Year's Watch in Nature


  • Recommended Grade: 10th (Sophomore)
  • Prerequisites: Biology A
  • Versions & Estimated Weekly Hours: 7*
  • Format: Live / Self-paced
  • Credits: 0.5

**NOTE: The Preston books have graphic descriptions of true biological events that can be very troubling. The books help students see how biology can impact humanity in significant (and sometimes terrifying) ways. These books are definitely not for all students. Read online reviews before purchasing.

Miscellaneous household materials required for experiments.

Some experiments may require small additional purchases.

*Science students spend at least one hour a day learning science and completing science assignments, plus two hours a week in live class sessions

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