AP Biology

Catalogue Description: AP Biology is an introductory college-level biology course. Students cultivate their understanding of biology through inquiry-based investigations as they explore the following topics: evolution, cellular processes — energy and communication, genetics, information transfer, ecology, and interactions.

Students the Course is Expected to Serve:

1. Students who are preparing for the AP Biology Exam to obtain university credit.
2. Intended for students majoring in the life sciences (i.e. Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science) at four-year institutions.

Course Objectives: The AP Biology course is designed to be the equivalent of a two-semester college introductory biology course. The class is designed for students who have taken both biology and chemistry. Students who do well on the AP biology exam may qualify for college credit and/or may be exempt from taking freshman-level biology courses depending on their college or university.

Student Learning Outcomes: In accordance with the AP Biology curriculum, upon satisfactory completion of the course, students will be able to:

A. Examine the diversity of life and explain the biological processes that link them together.
B. Apply concepts of biological evolution to all course topics.
C. Describe the process of photosynthesis and develop an understanding in its role for supporting life.
D. Examine plant diversity and explain the process of nutrient uptake, reproduction, and adaptation to the environment.
E. Examine animal diversity and explain how structure and function regulate bioenergetic, physiological, and behavioral processes.
F. Describe the early conditions of Earth and investigate key events that shaped the evolutionary pathways of modern organisms.
G. Develop an understanding of Earth’s biomes and describe how climate and disturbance shape them.
H. Explore ecological principles that link individuals at populations and community levels.
I. Investigate the effects humans are having on disrupting energy flow and geochemical cycles through ecosystems.

Topical Outline:

1. The Chemistry of Life
2. The Cell
3. Heredity and Genetics
4. Evolutionary Processes
5. Viruses and Bacteria
6. Plants Structure and Function
7. Animals Structure and Function
8. Ecology

A more detailed breakdown of topics and curriculum online can be found here.