9th - 12th Grades


This course provides a detailed introduction to the methods and concepts of general biology with regular student directed labs, hands-on projects, and small-group experiments. This course meets and exceed all UC standards for a-g credit in a fun, dynamic, lab class setting. Heavily emphasizing the vocabulary of biology, this class provides the student with a strong background in the scientific method, biochemistry, cellular biology, molecular and Mendelian genetics, evolution, dissection, and ecosystems. It also provides an overview of plant, animal, and human anatomy and physiology. Students who successfully complete this course will be well-prepared for a university biology course. This course is recommended for high school students.

The student will be responsible for completing 3-5 hours of assignments outside of class each week. The primary learning opportunity for the full biology course will be through reading the material, answering critical thinking questions, and completing chapter assessments. In class, the opportunities for learning will primarily consist of discussions, group activities, and lab experiments. This is a year long course that provides the student with 60 hours of instruction time including over 30 hours of wet labs.

The lab portion of this course is officially approved to gain the student a-g credit through South Sutter Charter School.




Katie Burns


Phone: (530) 575-1789
Email: katie@fullsteamclasses.com

Course Details

Day: Tue / Thur
Period: 3

Frequency: Twice per Week
Class Duration: Semester

Course Cost:   $300
Materials Cost:   $0
Materials Required


Holt Biology: 2012 Student Edition
ISBN-10: 0547586663  ISBN-13: 978-0547586663

A digital copy of the book and additional resources are included in the class price. 

?Hard copies of the text may be available to borrow or rent from instructor. 


Other Materials:

Instructor will provide a lab binder containing labs and exams. Students will need to add lined paper for notes.

A Schoology account is required to access key features of this course. 

Payment Information

Private Funds Accepted? Yes

Cash: Yes
Check: Yes
Paypal: Yes

Charter Funds Accepted? Yes

Forest: Yes
Horizons: Yes
Inspire Charter School: Yes
South Sutter: Yes
Visions: Yes

Instructor Biography

Katie has been teaching homeschoolers (including her own 3 children) for over 18 years. Her passion for learning is palpable in the classroom as she guides her students on a journey through science, computer skills, and more. A graduate of UC Davis, with a background in genetics and biological anthropology her wisdom, knowledge, and experience is a winning combination that brings students back to Katie’s classroom year after year.

In Katie's class you will also find a partner for homeschooling parents. She thoroughly updates and informs parents with regular email correspondence, even addressing which CA State Standards she covered that week. Her extensive understanding of current charter school and college requirements also makes her an invaluable asset to those looking for full high school credits and resources.