AP Biology

Credit Hours: 1.0

Course Length: 2 Semesters

Course Description

The Advanced Placement course in Biology is equivalent to a full-year Freshman Biology course taught at any major University. Students will be reading the same text that is used at many major colleges and universities, and working at a rigorous pace to cover the material and prepare for the Advanced Placement Examination in May. Upon successful completion of the exam, students may receive college credit and will be well-prepared for any future Biology course.

This class will build upon prior knowledge of Biology. The course covers topics such as molecular genetics, biochemistry, human anatomy and physiology, cell biology, plant biology and ecology. Using the text, the Internet, class discussions, and projects, the course will cover a tremendous amount of material in order to give students a complete understanding of the study of biology. Biweekly examinations will test students’ knowledge of the material as well as prepare them for the AP® examination. Due to the volume and level of the material, this course is designed to challenge extremely motivated students who have a strong interest in the Biological Sciences.

Course Prerequisites

One full year of high school Biology and one full year of high school Chemistry.

Required Textbook(s) and/or Materials

None

Major Concepts

  1. To familiarize students with the terminology and concepts of Biology using a theme-oriented approach that emphasizes concepts and science as a process over knowledge of facts.
  2. To enhance problem-solving skills of students using “virtual” labs, projects, and class discussions
  3. To strengthen students’ communication skills with the use of written assignments, essays, and research papers
  4. To prepare students for further study in the Biological Sciences.