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David Green

 
Advanced Biology

Text: Biology (Third Edition). Arms, Karen and Pamela S. Camp. Saunders College Publishing: Philadelphia, 1987.

Course Description:

The goal of this course is to give students an appreciation for Godís work of creation in the fascinating complexity of biological life. Most of our time will be devoted to careful and detailed exploration of living things and life processes, but undergirding the whole will be a Biblical world-view. At times attention will be given explicitly to how the scriptures inform our understanding of nature, and the students will be instructed to approach the text critically.

This course will cover the whole field of Biology at an advanced level, but will focus on the structure of living things and biological processes. It will be divided into units on Cytology, Genetics, Microbiology, Botany, and Zoology. It is aimed toward diligent eleventh and twelfth graders who are especially interested or gifted in the sciences. Students who successfully complete this course should be able to achieve a respectable score on the Advanced Placement and the SAT II exams in Biology.

The first quarter will cover the cell and its processes, and genetics. The second quarter will cover viruses, bacteria, protists, and plants. The final two quarters will cover animal biology and miscellaneous topics.

The course will meet every week for 1.5 hours, with labs scheduled for an additional 2 hours. The class format will be a modified seminar: a combination of lecture, student presentations, and class discussion. Students will need to come to class prepared to discuss the reading in depth, and will be responsible for everything covered in the class and the text. Each student will be responsible for a 30 minute presentation each quarter. The grade will be based on quarterly exams (50%), class presentations (25%), and class discussion (25%). There will be no quizzes and no papers will be required.

Prerequisites:

Fundamentals of Biology and High School Chemistry. These may be waived by the instructor in certain circumstances. Students must be capable of diligent preparation and able to study for comprehensive examinations.

Instructor: C. David Green

B.A. in Natural Sciences, Biology emphasis: The Johns Hopkins University.
M.Div.: Westminster Theological Seminary
Ordained Minister in the Presbyterian Church in America
Taught Fundamentals of Biology to home schoolers in the Lehigh Valley and New Jersey.
Taught the above course to his son now studying at The Johns Hopkins University.
Home schooling for 16 years.
Extensive teaching experience with Junior High and college-age students in Sunday School and campus ministry settings.

Fees:  

$10 per class, payable on a monthly basis at the beginning of the month. There will be a lab fee, to be determined, to cover lab materials. If these arrangements inconvenience anyone, Mr. Green is willing to discuss alternate payment methods.

Contact: Mr. Green may be reached at:

631 Fourth Avenue
Bethlehem, PA 18018-5558
610-691-0988 (office)
610-868-5423 (home) 

E-mail: SDGI@cdgreen.org
Web Site: www.cdgreen.org/SDGI