Biology (lab)

Biology introduces students to the study of living things, both plants and animals. Students learn about the basic chemistry of life, cellular processes, genetics and evolutionary theory in addition to tracing similarities and differences between the major kingdoms and phyla, from the simplest to the most complex. There is an alternate unit on ecology for those students whose religious beliefs preclude studying the unit on evolution.

Activities are included to introduce students to various topics and to expand their understanding and experience of what is being discussed in the written course materials. For each exam, students are asked to carry out and report on one of the unit’s activities. The examinations contain a wide variety of questions that ask students to apply what they have learned to understanding the natural world. For a nominal fee students may receive a laboratory kit and manual to perform and report experiments in conjunction with the exams submitted.


The American School has been notified by our supplier that they will no longer ship live product such as mealworms and chlorella (algae) cultures that are a part of the Biology Lab course to students living in Alaska, Hawaii, Utah, Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories. You must locate these items on your own. We have found that mealworms and algae are usually available in local pet stores or bait shops at a very minimal cost. Additionally, in place of the mealworm, you may also use any invertebrate animal that is found naturally in your environment, such as an earthworm from your backyard garden. For more information about substituting locally-found items for the mealworm and chlorella cultures, please contact the American School's Science Department via the email address listed in the Online Student Center. For other questions related to this matter, please contact the Student Service Department at the email address listed in the Online Student Center. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Biology Lab Materials List

There are 9 examinations in Biology.

Biggs, Alton et al., Biology: The Dynamics of Life, Glencoe/McGraw-Hill.