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AP Biology Syllabus

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Summary:  Advanced Placement Biology is designed to be equivalent to a two semester college introductory biology course. The class is conducted at the college level and students are expected to work accordingly. AP Biology differs significantly from a traditional  high school biology course due to text content, depth of material covered, lab work, and time and effort required to achieve mastery in subject area. This course is designed to be taken by students after successful completion of high school biology (or biology honors) and high school chemistry (or chemistry honors).

Study Guide: AP Biology Review Manual(Amazon)

The A.P. Examination: Exam Information   

Major Themes: AP Biology Overview     Curriculum Framework

Course Overview

All students need an opportunity to experience science as a process and not just learn biology as a collection of unrelated facts.  This means that the course should emphasize how scientists use their observations and readings to ask questions that can lead to new experiments.  These experiments build on the work of others and eventually lead to additional evidence on different topics.  This investigative process will be used throughout this AP Biology course.  It is important for students to become excited with discovery as they ask and answer their own questions about natural/biological phenomena that they see, read about, or experience in the laboratory and field.  In addition, it is critical that students connect new concepts with what they know, with each connection they help themselves build a solid framework of biological knowledge and scientific know –how.

Textbook

Reece, J., Urry, L., et. al. (2014).  Campbell Biology 10th edition, AP edition. Pearson Education, Inc.

·         Online Textbook: Mastering Biology   Course: MBKING95696

·         Test Prep Series for AP Biology

·         BioZone Workbook 1 & 2- AP Biology

Course Organization

The goal of AP Biology is to create a culture of life-long learners, where students are informed citizens who have the tools and the critical thinking skills to analyze and respond to issues that arise in our ever-changing society.  Students will be expected to develop essential knowledge of enduring understandings (core concepts) for what is referred to as the 4 “Big Ideas”. Students will also be expected to use the 7 science practices to make predictions, develop and refine testable explanations for natural phenomena.  The Big Ideas and Science Practices can be found on pages vi- ix in the AP Biology textbook, titled the Curriculum Framework. 

The  four Big Ideas: The big ideas are interrelated, and they will not be taught in isolation.  The course will connect the enduring understandings from one big idea with those of the others wherever practical.  Students will maintain a curricular map of the big ideas and enduring understanding showing connections as they are made by the students themselves.

The four Big ideas are:

·    Big idea 1: The process of evolution drives the diversity and unity of life.

·    Big idea 2: Biological systems utilize free energy and molecular building blocks to grow, to reproduce and to maintain dynamic homeostasis.

·    Big idea 3: Living systems store, retrieve, transmit and respond to information essential to life processes.

·    Big idea 4: Biological systems interact, and these systems and their interactions possess complex properties

The  four Big Ideas: The big ideas are interrelated, and they will not be taught in isolation.  The course will connect the enduring understandings from one big idea with those of the others wherever practical. 

 

 

 

AP Biology Student Resources

CollegeBoard.com

Other Helpful Links

AP Bio General Info
AP Bio Exam Prep Learnerator
AP Bio Labs Lecture Notes
Course Compass Misc. Goodies

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