This introductory course is for students to learn the content of PSI Biology. This is a rigorous biology course that builds upon foundational topics in physics and chemistry, pulling them together to represent a capstone of science education. Topics include origins of life, chemistry of life, membranes & enzymes, prokaryotes, eukaryotes , energy processing, gene expression & protein synthesis, mitosis & meiosis, genetics & inheritance, evolution, classification, ecology, and anatomy & physiology.
This is the online, asynchronous version of the NJCTL course that has been taught and continuously improved in classrooms across the world. All the content of that full-year is included, no topics have been removed or diluted. In a traditional classroom, this course requires at least 120 hours. Students should expect to devote at least that same 120 hours to complete this online course. However, the course's asynchronous nature will allow students to invest that time when it is most convenient for them. To receive an NJCTL transcript, students will need to complete the entire course including the exams proctored by Proctorio software.
Students interested in receiving credit from their school need to inquire with their school to ensure the school will accept NJCTL's transcript for new credit, credit recovery, or for satisfying prerequisites. Those decisions are at the sole discretion of the school. If it is important to the student, credit and prerequisite approval should be discussed with the school prior to enrollment. The course syllabus is posted on this page to help with those discussions. NJCTL is available to speak with students, parents, or the school to address questions or concerns.
Students not interested in receiving a transcript, and possible credit from their school, can take advantage of the course's asynchronous nature to work with their NJCTL teacher to develop a plan to learn specific topics. That will allow each student to focus on their gaps from the previous year or prepare for next year.
Students of any age may take an NJCTL course. However, students under the age of 18 must be enrolled by their parent or guardian, who can accept Terms of Service and make payment.