Biology (lab)

Biology introduces students to the study of living things.  Students learn about ecology, the basic chemistry of life, cellular processes, genetics, evolutionary theory, the major kingdoms and phyla of organisms, and the various biological systems of the human body.  There is an alternate unit on contemporary issues in biology 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.


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.

In addition, students who received the most recent edition of the Biology Lab course should access the Online Student Center, click the "Science" link on the left side of the page, and then click the "Biology Lab-New Lab Alignment 6/2015" link for important information which will be helpful in completing the course.

Biology Lab Materials List

There are 10 examinations in Biology.  Students will choose to do Unit 10A: Contemporary Issues in Biology or Unit 10B: History of Biological Diversity (including evolution).

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