(**NOTE :  This syllabus is a generalized outline for Biology, please visit your child's  teacher website for specifics and additional detail)


Mrs. Patricia A. Donnell, M.S. Ed., Biology

Science Curriculum Coach




This course is designed to provide a general understanding of the concepts and principles of biology.  The biology curriculum includes a study of the cell, the molecular basis of heredity, biological evolution, the interdependence of organisms, matter, energy, and organization in living systems and the behavior of organisms.



CP Biology:  BIOLOGY- The Dynamics of Life (Glencoe)

Honors Biology – BIOLOGY (Prentice Hall)



  1. The learner will develop abilities necessary to do and understand scientific inquiry.
  2. The learner will develop an understanding of the physical, chemical and cellular basis of life.
  3. The learner will develop an understanding of the continuity of life and the changes of organisms over time.
  4. The learner will develop an understanding of the unity and diversity of life.
  5. The learner will develop an understanding of ecological relationships among organisms.
  6. The learner will develop an understanding of the behavior of organisms resulting from a combination of heredity and environment.



  1. What is biology?
  2. The life of a cell
  3. Genetics
  4. Change through time
  5. Viruses, Bacteria, Protists, & Fungi
  6. Plants
  7. Invertebrates
  8. Vertebrates
  9. Ecology



(*In addition to the textbook, these materials should be brought to class each day!!)

1.  Three ring binder (Spiral notebooks are not acceptable)

2.  Notebook paper  

3.  Pencils & Pens (blue or black ink only, work will not be accepted in any other color)

4.  Color Pencils or Markers (necessary for diagrams and lab work)


GRADING POLICY (See individual teacher website. All grading policy is in accordance with GCS Grading Policies.



**LATE WORK POLICY- - Late work may be turned in the next day for a (10) ten-point deduction; 10- points will be deducted each day that an assignment is turned in late, therefore students have three days to turn in late work and receive a passing grade.



  1. Absolutely no eating, drinking, or playing allowed in the classroom.
  2. No cell phones, text messaging, iPods, MP3 players, or electronic devices of any type during class.
  3. All students must be in their assigned seats when the bell rings.
  4. Each student must provide the necessary materials for class each day.
  5. All assignments must be submitted in pen unless otherwise instructed.
  6. No heads are allowed on desks. (This is equated to sleeping in class and is not conducive to learning.
  7. No grooming in class.
  8. No passes (bathroom, locker, or telephones - except in emergencies).
  9. The student must remain in his/her assigned seat until dismissed by teacher.
  10. Each student is responsible for keeping his/her assigned work area clean.
  11. Broken, lost, or damaged materials must be paid for before the end of the year.
  12. The student must take the initiative in making up all missed assignments due to absences (*Refer to the Student Attendance Policy in the Student Handbook).
  13. Rude and disruptive behavior will not be tolerated.
  14. ***Cheating (which includes the sharing of information on any assignment) will result in a zero which cannot be made up.
  15. No talking during tests or quizzes as this also constitutes cheating.


Parents are urged to review, discuss,and sign the course syllabus that your child's teacher will send home.  Your signature indicates that you have reviewed the syllabus and are aware of teacher, academic, and behavioral requirements. Parents are encouraged to check on their child’s progress in class throughout the semester. If you should need to contact me please feel free to leave your name and number with the school secretary  (336)294-7300 and I will return your call as soon as possible.  You may also e-mail me at