Fees: $15 for note templates

Learning Recommendations: Completion of SC200A/B - Biology with a grade of "B" or better is highly encouraged. Proficient in the use of computer software for word processing and spreadsheets. Scheduling preference will be given to juniors planning to complete the two-year IB Biology course sequence.

General Description: This fast-paced biology course will allow students to expand their knowledge of biology by building upon topics covered in general biology. This course will prepare students for university-level biology courses, and is the first of a two year progression that prepares students for sitting for the Higher Level exam in May of their senior year.

This course fulfills one (1) college prep science requirement as outlined by the Higher Education Board of the State of Washington (HEC Board), as a lab-based science course.


  • Cellular biology
  • Classical genetics
  • Molecular genetics and biotechnology
  • Diversity and classification of life
  • Scientific process and inquiry
  • Biochemistry
  • Evolution
  • Interdisciplinary cooperative learning (Group IV Project)

The sequence and specific content units may vary based on student interest and preference.


  • Lecture/discussion
  • Laboratory work
  • Inquiry and critical thinking exercises
  • Computer simulations
  • Teacher-led and student-led demonstrations
  • Student project and research
  • Model Building
  • Cooperative learning

Equipment to be provided by Student: Composition book, 3-inch binder, scientific calculator. If you need to purchase a scientific calculator, the TI-30XIIS is recommended.  

NOTE: Skyline offers the IB Biology exam at the Higher Level only. In order to sit for the IB Biology exam, students must take both IB Biology HL 1 and SC655A/B – IB Biology HL 2 in 11th & 12th grades.