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Biology Syllabus (Exploring Creation with Biology 2nd Edition) (36 Pages)...$20.00

We use Exploring Creation with Biology by Dr. Jay Wile which provides a serious study of biology while remaining very home-school friendly. In addition the student also reads Darwin's Black Box by Michael Behe and Humani Generis in order to consider the theory of evolution. Apologia also provides a Solutions and Tests Manual for the main text in addition to the study questions throughout the book. The Biology Syllabus has a day-by-day breakdown of this course along with paper topics and a variety of teaching resources including Eleventh Grade Subject Rubrics, Learning Objectives, and grading charts. This is a 1 year, 1 credit course. (The syllabus also contains optional lab assignments which the student may complete for an additional ½ credit of Biology Lab.)

(Please Note: There is a syllabus for the 1st and the 2nd Edition of the text. To purchase the syllabus for the 1st Edition, please contact our main office.)

Current Edition: © 2015.

Online versions of the MODG syllabi are provided to enrolled families free of charge. Paper copies of the syllabi are also available for purchase from the MODG office, with a 30% discount for enrolled families.

Book List

  • Essential 2
    • Exploring Creation with Biology
      Wile, Jay
      Apologia Educational Ministries, Inc.
    • Solutions and Tests for Exploring Creation with Biology
      Wile, Jay
      Apologia Educational Ministries, Inc.
  • Supplemental - Required 4
    • Apologia Biology Dissecting Lab with Specimens
      Nature's Workshop
      Nature's Workshop
    • Darwin's Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution
      Behe, Michael J.
      Free Press — 352 Pages
      ISBN: 0743290313
    • How to Dissect: Exploring With Probe and Scalpel - Special Projects for Advanced Study
      Berman, William
      Touchstone — 223 Pages
      ISBN: 0671763423
    • Humani Generis
      Pius XII
      St. Paul Books and Media — 23 Pages
  • Supplemental - Optional 1
  • Mentioned in the syllabus, but not assigned 1


Week 1

Day Assignment

Read Module 1 – Pages 1-9 (up to “Scientific Method”) in Exploring Creation with Biology. Study figures 1.1-1.2 carefully. Also do the “On Your Own” problems 1.1-1.3.

Begin to collect insect specimens. You will need to collect about 12 specimens over the next few weeks. Thus for first two weeks, spend some time looking for insects. The fourth day of each week is set aside exclusively for finding these insects. You can use the ethyl acetate to kill them.

Note: Please take a moment to review the resources attached to this syllabus (these are found on the Family site - Syllabi tab; please click on "Resources" at the far right for each syllabus title). The PDF files found here are taken from the printed copy of the corresponding syllabus, if there is one. Some resources are generic to the grade level or subject and others are specific to the particular course. Answer Keys or Assignment overviews for the syllabus, if applicable, are only found via the parent log-in; the student log-in may access all other syllabus resources. Some of these resources will be assigned or referenced within the syllabus assignments. Others are here for support.


Read Module 1 – Pages 9-18 (up to “Characteristics Used to Separate….”) in Exploring Creation with Biology. Study figures 1.3-1.5 carefully. Also do the “On Your Own” problems 1.4-1.7.

*Also look for some insect specimens.


Read Module 1 – Pages 18-24 (up to Experiment 1.1) in your Exploring Creation with Biology book. Study figures 1.6-1.8 carefully. Also do the “On Your Own” problems 1.8-1.10.

*Also look for some insect specimens.

4 *Make sure that you have about 6 insect specimens by today.