General Biology is an introduction to biology and covers the principles of life science from the chemical basis of life to the interactions between living organisms and their environment.  The unifying biological principles of cell structure and function, genetics, development, metabolism, reproduction and ecology are addressed. A practical laboratory component emphasizes scientific investigations and supports lecture materials. This course fulfills the life science general education requirement, but is not recommended for Biology majors. Students who pay college fees and pass this course may earn 4 hours of college credit through MSSU.  Must meet standards for MSSU admission, pay all fees to MSSU.  (one-year, one elective credit for grades 10-12) $10 lab fee. Prerequisite: Completed Chemistry or Biology OR concurrent enrollment in Chemistry. Students in 11th and 12th grade must have an overall GPA of 3.0, or 11th and 12th grade students with overall GPA of 2.5-2.99 must provide signed letter of recommendation from principal OR school counselor AND parent or legal guardian. Students in 10th grade must have an overall GPA of 3.0 AND must provide signed letter of recommendation from their principal AND school counselor AND provide written permission from a parent or legal guardian.

    Students taking dual credit classes are encouraged to contact the college they plan to attend to check for credit transferability.  Some credits will be transcribed as elective credit if it is not required for a particular major or general studies requirement.  Contact the college/university website to locate a transfer equivalency chart.

    Click here for links to the transfer equivalency guides and general education requirements for the top five post-secondary schools that CJHS students attend (Crowder, Missouri Southern State University, Pittsburg State University, Missouri State University, University of Arkansas).