Fast-Paced High School Biology
- Grades 7-11
- Advanced CTY-Level
- Science and Engineering
This course covers material ordinarily included in a year-long introductory course in high school biology, typically a prerequisite for AP® or IB Biology. We’ll begin with the smallest unit, the atom, and build toward discussions of ecology and the environment. Along the way, we’ll sample biochemistry, genetics, and cellular processes, and integrate these concepts into our studies of evolution and systems of living things, such as respiration and reproduction. Through readings, lectures, and lab work, you’ll finish the course with a strong foundation in biological concepts. Lab time constitutes at least 20 hours of the course. This course is intended for students who have completed grade 8 or above. If you have just completed grade 7, you are urged to take CTY’s Introduction to the Biomedical Sciences before taking this course.
Typical Class Size: 18-20
- Demonstrate the significance of evolution in biology to include that evolution is a series of changes, some gradual and some sporadic, that account for the present form and function of objects, organisms, and natural systems. The general idea of evolution is that the present arises from materials and forms of the past and demonstrates changes in the universe
- Justify, using examples of biological processes, that matter and energy in a system is neither created nor destroyed, but cycles through changes as systems transform energy from one form to another and transfers from one location, across the boundary of a system, to another location
- Evaluate the impact of disruptions to populations and ecosystems through observable and measurable changes to demonstrate that interactions of organisms can influence each other to cause some effect that usually involves multiple interactions and impact
- Combine the concepts of meiosis, mitosis, genetics, central dogma of molecular biology, natural selection, and evolution into one coherent explanation for biodiversity
- Defend the concept that homeostasis is achieved through everyday events and processes involving multiple interactions occurring simultaneously and/or chains of interactions over time
- Prove in biological terms that form and function are complementary aspects of organisms and systems in the natural world, apply to different levels of organization, and one can be explained in terms of the other. (Function can be explained in terms of form and form can be explained in terms of function.)
- Produce three written scientific lab reports that include creating visual representations of biology concepts, processes and models as well as analysis and interpretation of data to justify a well-supported conclusion
Summer Dates & Locations
Testing and Prerequisites
|Required Level||Advanced CTY-Level||Not required|
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Cost and Financial Aid
- Nonrefundable Application Fee - $50 (Waived for financial aid applicants)
- Nonrefundable International Fee - $250 (outside US only)
Financial Aid is available
We are committed to serving all talented youth regardless of financial circumstances. Financial assistance is available based on need.
Please acquire all course materials by the course start date, unless noted as perishable. Items marked as “perishable” should not be acquired until the student needs them in the course. If you have questions about these materials or difficulty locating them, please contact [email protected].
Course Extras (Lab fee info, etc): Lab Fee: $145
These titles have been featured in past sessions of the course, and may be included this summer. CTY provides students with all texts; no purchase is required.
- Campbell Biology, Kelly Reece et el.
About Science and Engineering at CTY
Explore space and our planet
In our Introduction to Astronomy course, we’ll visit a nearby observatory or planetarium, see what the cosmos looks like through various spectra, and immerse ourselves in the science and technology that bring the universe closer to home. In Marine Ecology, we’ll visit local wetlands and tidepools, observe flora and fauna, collect water samples and analyze them for clues about their health and humans’ impact. And in The Global Environment, we will explore the human impact on our environment and generate proposals for addressing climate change.
Bond over chemistry
Our chemistry courses help you see the world differently, starting at the atomic level. The Edible World gives budding chefs and science lovers a glimpse into the chemical reactions that happen when we make food, and the chemical makeup of meals and treats we eat every day. In our Crystals and Polymers course, we’ll synthesize slime, grow rock candy, and isolate strawberry DNA to learn about the molecular structure of naturally occurring gems and human-produced plastics. In Chemistry in Society, we’ll consider how the chemicals in products can both enhance and degrade the world around us; produce biodiesel in a lab to understand alternative fuels; and prepare aspirin to learn about the healing and toxic properties of pharmaceuticals.