Access Excellence
This is an archive of favorite classroom activities submitted by high school biology and life sciences teachers participating in the Access Excellence programs. Lots of practical, hands-on biology labs and activities. Lesson plans and labs for biology and life science classes. Excellent classroom resource for biology teachers.

Benjamin Franklin High School's Links to Biology Info

This web page at Benjamin Franklin High School in New Orleans, La. contains a very extensive list of links to biology sites on the World Wide Web. The list is sub-divided into different biology topics for easy use. A great resource for anyone interested in any biology topic.


California State University has really outdone themselves with this web page. An excellent resource for studying biological science. This page has some excellent graphics of plants. Extensive links to biology Web sites are included.

The University of Wisconsin Microscopy Resource

The Microscopy Resource is a national resource that provides instrumentation and skilled personnel to enable outside users to study a wide range of microscopy techniques. Lots of interesting graphics here. An excellent resource for biology teachers to show their students some very interesting microscopes.

The Biology Place

The Biology Place is an excellent resource for any biology class. Lots of great information on current topics in all areas of biology. Lots of on-line student activities in the biological sciences. Highest recommendation for all biology teachers.

Neuroscience for Kids

Eric Chudler has created this excellent web resource for "elementary and secondary school students and teachers who would like to learn more about the nervous system." Included are activities and experiments to facilitate learning about the role of the brain and spinal cord in the human nervous system.

Biology Teaching Home Page

This site is the Biology Teaching Home Page in Hong Kong. Topics and concept maps include cellular respiration, photosynthesis, transport in plants, moveable joints, and a variety of human systems (good for Anatomy and Physiology students). These concept maps are easy to understand and may make the traditional "tough" topic of cellular respiration a bit easier for students to understand.

Health Information Resources

The National Health Information Center's page for clearinghouses of information on different types of diseases and health concerns will be valuable to anatomy and biology teachers, as well as students who are researching these topics. The hyper-text links send you to another page with the web address of the clearinghouse and a way to send email. Teachers can also access a variety of datasets through this site.

National Center for Science Education (NCSE)

This Web site tracks the efforts of an organization to defend the teaching of evolution in the science classroom and promote public understanding of this theory as fact.

BioRAP - Biological Research for Animals and People
This site is a wonderful resource for inquiring science and health teachers and students. The site includes units on Aging and Genetics, Product Safety, Cancer, Sun & Skin, AIDS and Risk Assessment. Each unit provides teacher and student resources.

Human Anatomy On-line
This site provides a guided exploration on the systems of the human body. It is filled with great animations, images and descriptions for each system. It even provides a search option for further exploration or clarification. A great tool for teachers and students eager to learn more about the human body.

Medicines: The Inside Story
A wonderful in-depth look at the past, present and future of medicines. The site is broken into four parts. A traveling museum exhibition, a planetarium presentation, a nationwide education program for high school students and teachers, and an academic symposium.

Seeing, Hearing, and Smelling the World
This site explores the complexity of human senses. The site includes a variety of informative articles on each sense, allowing educators and students to try and make some sense out of our senses

VRML Biology Page
View biological processes and structures through VRML (virtual reality modeling language). Examples of visuals you will find include membrane potentials in excitable cells and endocytosis with clathrin receptor molecules. A great resource for the visual learner!



LUMEN Histology Home Page

This site has a wonderful histology slide collection! Lots of great graphics of just about all anatomical structures in the human body. A great resource for teachers and students to view anatomy images.

The Digital Anatomist Program
An excellent anatomy site! Great graphics of a cadaver's brain and thoracic section. A neat anatomical atlas on the web.

The Visible Embryo

The Visible Embryo is an on-line tutorial that is fantastic resource for learning about embryology! Great graphics!

The Visible Human Project

The ultimate cadaver site!! The folks at this lab took a dead man, chopped him up in every possible cross-section that you can imagine, photographed all the pieces and put them up at this web site for your viewing pleasure. This site is a favorite of my students!

The Whole Brain Atlas

The Whole Brain Atlas is an excellent anatomy resource to learn about the brain. Great information on brain structure, brain functions, and cerebral diseases. Graphics are phenomenal! Highest recommendation.


This Web site is an online graphical resource for medical and surgical communities. An excellent resource to use in an anatomy class.

Human Anatomy Online
This site provides a guided exploration on the systems of the human body. It is filled with great animations, images and descriptions for each system. It even provides a search option for further exploration or clarification. A great tool for teachers and students eager to learn more about the human body.

The Heart: An Online Exploration
Everything you wanted to know about the human heart! This site covers the history, structure, function and sounds of the human heart. Jammed packed with great information and visuals.


Center for Aquatic Plants

The Center for Aquatic Plants is an excellent botany resource. You will find great plant graphics here, but don't expect any sound bites! Lots of great botanic information.

The Internet Directory for Botany

The Internet Directory for Botany contains a very comprehensive list of botany web sites.


The Tele-Garden is a unique interactive web site. You can control a robotic arm to plant, water, and measure plants. You actually control the arm in real time! An excellent resource for students to observe the growth of plants.

Glossary of Botanical Terms

What is Photosynthesis?

Gardening Know How



Dictionary of Cell Biology

This is an on-line dictionary for biology that works like a key-word search engine. A good resource for biology teachers and students.

Molecular Expressions: Image from the Microscope

Molecular Expressions contains an incredible photo gallery of all kinds of "science stuff" taken from various microscopes. This unique graphics gallery can be used by all science teachers to liven up a class.

Virtual Cell

This web site contains a virtual interactive cell. Biology teachers and students will enjoy cutting and zooming in on the different layers and organelles of the cell. Lots of information and Quicktime movies.

DLC-ME: The Microbe Zoo

If you are interested in learning about microbes that are in the food you eat, outer space, the ground, oceans, or atmosphere, then you must check out this awesome site. A great resource for all students to learn some neat things in a fun, interactive environment. (You will have to use the "Go" pull-down menu to return to SERVIT Enterprise's list of web sites.)

The Nanoworld Home Page

The Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis is an interdisciplinary research and service facility dedicated to the understanding of the structure and composition of all materials at atomic, molecular, cellular, and macromolecular scales. Comprehensive image bank full of great electron microscope shots of lots of neat biological stuff. Great images!!

Electromagnetic Images of Viruses

Linda Stannard of the University of Capetown offers electromagnetic images of both animal and plant viruses on her web site. She also provides annotations that tell information such as the size of the virus and the structure. The pictures are excellent and now students will know what the common cold virus looks like!

Talksaver Introduction to Cell Biology

This site presents essential ideas of genetic and molecular biology. Good section on contemporary issues.



Classic Papers in Genetics

Here is a web site where you can actually download those classic genetics papers of Mendel, Sutton, Morgan, and others. A great resource for teachers and students to learn and read about the history of genetics.

Down's Syndrome WWW Page

The Down's Syndrome WWW Page is an excellent resource to learn about Down's Syndrome. This web site contains information about this genetic disorder, treatments available, information on support groups, and many recently published articles dealing with a variety topics relating to Down's Syndrome. A great resource for a student doing a genetic disorder report on Down's Syndrome.

DOE Human Genome Program Primer

The Human Genome Primer is an excellent genetics resource to learn about DNA, protein synthesis, genes, and genetic mapping. Lots of excellent graphics to accompany the text. A valuable resource to facilitate learning about genetics with high school students.


The Natural History of Genes provides teachers with a hands-on genetics science curriculum. This web site explains experimentation kits that bring disease genetics, conservation genetics, human diversity, forensics, and DNA into the real world for students. A fantastic web site for studying genetics! Great images!

The Internet Pathology Laboratory

This web site is an excellent lesson on genetic disorders. Case studies of inherited metabolic disorders, chromosomal abnormalities, infections, and neoplasia that may occur in the pediatric age group. Great graphics!

Rutgers Student Scientists

The Rutgers Student Scientists home page based at the Waksman Institute at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, is designed for high-school and college students interested in doing active scientific research at their own school or college, as well as teachers who want to expand their educational resources. The highlights of this wonderful web page include a fantastic on-line genetics tutorial and an on-line molecular biology quiz.

The Human Genome Project

The Human Genome Project is an international research program designed to "construct detailed genetic and physical maps of the human genome, to determine the complete nucleotide sequence of human DNA, to localize the estimated 50,000-100,000 genes within the human genome, and to perform similar analyses on the genomes of several other organisms used extensively in research laboratories as model systems." An excellent resource for teachers to show actual current biotechnology research.

Rare Genetic Diseases in Children

This is a homepage that contains links to a wealth of information about rare genetic diseases that are usually mentioned in general biology texts. There are links to pages which describe symptoms, treatment, and support groups. Students can also chat with affected families and health professionals. An excellent source for up-to-date information on rare genetic disorders.

Genetics Education Network

The Gene homepage says the network is "dedicated to rescuing teachers and other students from terminal boredom by helping them do real science with modern research organisms." There are links to experiments and an excellent photo gallery. Students can also chat with scientists and teachers.

DNA From the Beginning

A multimedia primer on the basics of genetics and heredity.

The Biology Project: Human Biology

Hello Dolly: A WebQuest

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This site allows students to explore partial and whole cloning issues through a Case Study approach. Students will discover through the case study, where they stand on cloning and how to think on their own about cloning.


The University of Michigan's Museum of
Zoology Animal Diversity Web

This is an excellent resource for learning classification of animals! Includes all taxonomic nomenclature, descriptions of classifications, geographic range, natural history, conservation/ biodiversity, economic benefits, references, photographs, and image sources. There is also a page where one can listen to frog calls and angry cries of the big brown bat. Included are U of M Bio 108 lecture notes and handouts. Good test questions for AP biology. Excellent resource for taxonomy!


The BIOSIS Home Page is an excellent taxonomy and nomenclature resource. "Users will find access to primary services for biologists, such as organism name and nomenclature related services being developed in conjunction with production of the Zoological Record."

Life, the Universe and Everything

What a web page! A very extensive web page on biology that just about has it all. A fantastic resource for teachers and students alike who are interested in classification, zoology, botany, paleontology, and lots of other science stuff. Highly recommended.

The Tree of Life Home Page

The Tree of Life contains information about the phylogenetic relationships of organisms, links to biological information available on the Internet in the form of a phylogenetic navigator, and illustrations regarding the diversity and unity of living organisms. This site is a great resource for studying classification, taxonomy, and phylogeny.


TreeView is a simple graphics program for displaying phylogenies on Apple Macintosh and Windows PCs. This software, which is free to download, offers teachers a unique way to teach classification and taxonomy by having students create their own taxonomic trees on a computer. Highly recommended!!


Wild-Flowers is a storehouse of information that has lots of graphics and links to many interesting botany related sites. A great site if one is interested in learning flower taxonomy and classification.

Flowering Plant Gateway


Bugs in the News!

Bugs in the News! has very interesting biology articles that relate to insects. Quite an interesting variety of current entomology news clippings and information.

The Electronic Zoo>The Electronic Zoo

Animal-related computer resources including veterinary medicine, agriculture, biology, environment and ecology, medicine, animal-related WWW, gopher sites, FTP archives, TelNet sites, and electronic publications. An excellent resource for K-12 biology and animal sciences. Lots of neat stuff here!

Animal Information Database

The Animal Information Database is an excellent resource to learn some neat facts about animals and careers in zoological parks and marine science. Sea World-Busch Gardens Information on educational programs including teacher's curriculum guides and Shamu TV.

Entomology for beginners

Entomology for beginners is a great site to introduce insect anatomy and metamorphosis to a young person. Good for the elementary and middle school child.

The Albatross Project

This project uses sensitive satellites in space, miniature transmitters on birds, and rapid email communications to investigate the travels of albatross on the open ocean.

Bat Thematic Unit

Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology

Field Trip Earth

Wild-Eyed Alaska

Frogs at the Exploratorium