Advanced Biology Syllabus


Mrs. Meyer


This handout is prepared for Advanced Biology. The notes, activities and pace of the class will be adjusted to best serve the needs of the class. The topics covered in biology include: characteristics of life, scientific methods, cell structure and function, genetics and DNA, theories of evolution, and ecology and populations. The students will be asked to complete various types of in-class work and homework, take part in lab activities, and take administered quizzes, tests and exams to evaluate each student’s proficiency level. The class will also include a review of Geophysics and preparation for the OGT.


Classroom Rules


Be on time and prepared for class. Bring textbook, pen, notebook and assignments.


Respect everyone and all property.


Follow all school rules, policies and procedures.


Use appropriate language and engage in school-appropriate conversations.


Follow all safety precautions during labs. Misbehavior during class may result in a loss of lab privileges or a zero on the assignment.




Minor infractions will result in a verbal warning and possible loss of participation points.


Multiple and persistent rule violations will result in a written assignment, call to parents or a detention.


Major infractions will result in an immediate referral.


Cheating of any type will result in a zero for the assignment.


Website –


This year I have started a website where a daily schedule, class assignments and class notes can be accessed. This class syllabus is also included on the website if you would like to refer to it later. My hope is to update this website daily, but at the least it will be updated weekly. This is designed to help all students stay on track.




Make-Up Work


Any worksheets missed while a student is absent will be kept in the pick up folder arranged by class bell. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain any missed work from this folder, complete and turn in the following day after their return to class. Additionally, assignments and a daily schedule can be found on my website noted on page 1. Make-up work can be returned to the folder labeled turn in and arranged by class bell. Make-up work will be graded at the teacher’s earliest convenience. The student must schedule a time with the teacher to make up missed tests and labs. Some labs may require the presence of the teacher and can be made up before or after school. It is not my responsibility to seek you out and set up a time to make up labs or tests.


Safety Precautions


In order to have a safe environment, ALL students must obey the proper procedures and follow all written and verbal instructions. Anyone who appears to be deviating from the procedure or endangering another’s safety will not continue with the lab and receive a zero for the assignment. If misbehavior continues, a student may be suspended from lab activities.


Extra Help


I will make myself available for any student that needs extra help. Please see me to schedule time before or after school if you need extra help. I encourage you to see me to set up a time to meet if you are struggling with the material.




Working Pen or Pencil


Notebook or Binder


Textbook: Modern Biology; Holt, Rinehart and Winston





All students are required to take notes. The notes will usually be given on the overhead or board and copied by students. However, other methods may be used. Any examples or problems are considered part of the notes and should be copied. Occasionally, the notes may be collected and graded and will count toward the homework/classwork grade. It is the responsibility of the student to obtain any notes missed due to absence from the class. This can be done by asking me or another trusted student.





Grading Criteria


Grades will be determined by the following percentages:


Tests/Quizzes/Projects                                                    30%


Labs and Activities                                                        25%


Homework/Class Work/Notebooks                               25%


Exams (Midterm and Final)                                           15%


Class participation (attendance and behavior)               5% 



Late Work


Points will be deducted from all late assignments. The amount of points deducted depends on the nature of the assignment and the number of days the assignment is late. Under normal circumstances, assignments over a week late will not be graded and the student will receive a zero for the assignment.