Advanced Placement (AP)Download PDF Biology

Credit Hours: 1.0

Course Length: 2 Semesters

Course Description

This course is a comprehensive analysis of general biology that includes biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, mechanisms of evolution, evolutionary history of biological diversity, plant and animal form and function, and ecology. The AP Biology course is designed to be the equivalent of a college introductory biology course usually taken by biology majors or pre-medical students their first year. The textbook used, the range and depth of topics covered, discussion topics, and kinds of labs done in this course are equivalent to those in a college-level course. College Board guidelines are followed in determining the course.

Course Prerequisites

Biology, Chemistry, Algebra 1 and teacher recommendation. The prior completion of Physics and honors level English courses is highly recommended.

Required Textbook(s) and/or Materials

Title: Biology
Edition: 7th AP
Authors: Campbell, Reece
Publisher: Pearson Education Inc.

Course Outline

  1. Course Introduction
  2. Natural Selection
  3. Phenotypic Variation in Populations
  4. Types of Natural Selection
  5. Laboratory: Natural Selection
  6. Application of Mathematics: Graphing
  7. Genetic Basis of Evolution
  8. Application of Mathematics: Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium
  9. Vertical and Lateral Gene Transfer
  10. Laboratory: Population Genetics
  11. Origin of Life on Earth
  12. Evidence for Evolution
  13. Test-Taking Strategies
  14. Shared Ancestry: Conserved Traits
  15. Phylogeny and the Interrelatedness of Life
  16. Speciation and Extinction
  17. Energy and Life
  18. Energy Strategies of Living Things
  19. Photosynthesis
  20. Laboratory: Photosynthesis
  21. Glycolysis and Fermentation
  22. Test-Taking Strategies
  23. Cellular Respiration
  24. Laboratory: Cellular Respiration
  25. ATP
  1. Water and Macronutrients
  2. Cell Death
  3. Homeostasis
  4. Cell Membranes and Walls
  5. Passive and Active Transport
  6. Laboratory: Diffusion and Osmosis
  7. Exocytosis and Endocytosis
  8. Membranes and Organelles
  9. Application of Mathematics: Data Tables
  10. Positive and Negative Feedback Mechanisms
  11. Behavioral Responses to the Environment
  12. Biotic and Abiotic Factors
  13. Laboratory: Transpiration
  14. Obtaining and Eliminating Nutrients
  15. Regulating Respiration and Circulation
  16. Laboratory: Circulation
  17. Regulating Temperature
  18. Defense and the Immune Response
  19. Timing and Coordination of Life Processes
  20. History of the Gene
  21. DNA and RNA
  22. Protein Synthesis
  23. Test-Taking Strategies
  24. Genetic Code and Unity of Life
  25. Genetic Engineering

  1. Mitosis and Meiosis
  2. Laboratory: Mitosis and Meiosis
  3. Sexual Reproduction
  4. Asexual Reproduction
  5. Mendelian Inheritance
  6. Laboratory: Genetics
  7. Application of Mathematics: Probability
  8. Human Genetic Disorders
  9. Ethical Issues in Genetics
  10. Students review the semester content and take an exam
  11. Gene Regulation in Prokaryotes
  12. Gene Regulation in Eukaryotes
  13. Gene Regulation Signals
  14. Application of Mathematics: Bioinformatics
  15. Laboratory: Gene Regulation
  16. Mutation and Genetic Variation
  17. Application of Mathematics: Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium
  18. Viruses and Genetic Variation
  19. Test-taking Strategies
  20. Cell Communication
  21. Signal Transduction Pathways
  22. Information Exchange
  23. Laboratory: Behavior
  24. Processing Signals: Nervous System Structure
  25. Processing Signals: Nervous System Function
  1. Communication Between Individuals
  2. Nucleic Acids and Proteins
  3. Lipids and Carbohydrates
  4. Laboratory: Molecular Biology
  5. Test-taking Strategies
  6. Intercellular Structure and Function
  7. Laboratory: Dissolved Oxygen
  8. Interactions between Cells, Organs, and Systems
  9. Test-taking Strategies
  10. Interactions within Communities
  11. Energy Flow in Ecosystems
  12. Laboratory: Energy Flow in Ecosystems
  13. Application of Mathematics: Visualizing Mathematical Relationships
  14. Interactions of Molecules, Enzymes, and Cells
  15. Laboratory: Enzyme Catalysis
  16. Interactions between Individuals and Populations
  17. Changes in Ecosystems
  18. Molecular Variation
  19. Biodiversity
  20. Students review the semester content and take an exam. Students do a comprehensive review of the entire course and complete a practice AP exam.
  21. During the Independent Study portion of the course, teachers assign a project or reading to the students. Each teacher will choose an area of study in biology that allows students to explore, in depth, some aspect of biology that extends the course work.