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Press Release for Brevard County AP Scores

Mrs. K. King

Email: mail@mrskingsbioweb.com

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Introduction: What is AP Bio all about?

Summary: Course Outline , Syllabus (pdf) 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).

Text: Biology, Campbell & Reese 6th ed.  Textbook provided by EGHS.

Labs: Lab link   You will be required to complete twelve (12) labs set forth by The College Board Advanced Placement Program. You are also required to purchase the A.P. Biology Laboratory Manual, $18.00.  Due to the large amount of time required for laboratory set-up, it is essential that you are always present on lab days. Please be prepared to stay after school occasionally to finish long labs. You will be given advance notice for those days.

Study Guide: (Optional) Taylor, Martha R. Student Study Guide for Biology. 2001 6th ed. The Benjamin/Cummings Publishing Company, Inc.

The A.P. Examination: Exam Information     The exam is three hours in length and is designed to measure a student's knowledge and understanding of modern biology.  These exams are administered during (or just prior to) "finals week" in the media center at Eau Gallie High School.  The exam consists of an 80-minute 100 item multiple choice section (60% of exam grade), a 10-minute reading period, and a 90-minute free-response section (40% of exam grade) consisting of four mandatory essay questions that encompass broader topics and concepts, one of which is based on one of the twelve labs. On a 5 point scale, a score of 3 or better is passing.

Course Policies:


Students are expected to read required chapters in textbook prior to class discussion.


No late work will be accepted, pay close attention to due dates (always posted online).


If you are absent the day of a test, your make-up will be 100% essay.


Pop-quizzes will be given periodically


Discussion is required


This class requires dedication and an immense amount of study time.  You will get out of this class only what you are willing to contribute!

Major Themes:


Science as a Process




Energy Transfer


Continuity of Change


Relationship of Structure and Function




Interdependence in Nature


Science, Technology, and Society



 *Time frame is an approximation. Revisions may be made do to time fluctuations.

Ch. 1- 5   (3 ˝ weeks)

bulletIntroduction:  Themes in the Study of Life
bullet The Chemical Context of Life
bullet Water and the Fitness of the Environment
bulletCarbon and the Molecular Diversity of Life
bulletThe Structure and Function of Macromolecules
bulletUNIT TEST #1: Ch. 1- 5.

Ch. 7 and 8   (2 weeks)

bulletA Tour of the Cell
bulletMembrane Structure and Function  
bulletLaboratory 1:  Diffusion and Osmosis                              
bulletUNIT TEST #2:  Ch. 7-8 AND Laboratory 1.

Ch. 6, 9 and 10 (3˝ weeks) 

bulletAn Introduction to Metabolism
bulletCellular Respiration: Harvesting Chemical Energy
bulletLaboratory 2:  Enzymes          
bulletLaboratory 4:  Plant Pigments and Photosynthesis
bulletLaboratory 5:  Cell Respiration
bulletUNIT TEST #3: Ch. 6,9 and 10 AND Laboratories 2, 4 and 5

Ch. 11-15  (3˝ weeks)

bulletCell Communication
bulletThe Reproduction of Cells
bulletMeiosis and Sexual Life Cycles
bulletMendel and the Gene Idea
bulletThe Chromosomal Basis of Inheritance
bulletLaboratory 3:  Mitosis and Meiosis
bulletUNIT TEST #4:  Ch. 11-15 AND Laboratory 3

Ch. 16-21 (3 weeks)

bulletThe Molecular Basis of Inheritance
bulletFrom Gene to Protein
bulletMicrobial Models: The Genetics of Viruses and Bacteria
bulletGenome Organization and Expression in Eukaryotes
bulletDNA Technology
bulletThe Genetic Basis of Development
bulletLaboratory 6:  Molecular Biology
bulletUNIT TEST # 5 Ch. 16-21 AND Laboratory 6




Ch.  22-28,31 (4 weeks) 

bulletDescent with Modification: A Darwinian View of Life
bulletThe Evolution of Populations      
bulletThe Origin of Species
bulletTracing Phylogeny: Macroevolution, the Fossil Record, and Systematics
bulletEarly Earth and the Origin of Life
bulletProkaryotes and the Origins of Metabolic Diversity
bulletThe Origins of Eukaryotic Diversity (545-554)
bulletFungi (616-619, 629-631)
bulletLaboratory 8:  Population Genetics and Evolution
bulletLaboratory 7:  Genetics of Organisms
bulletUNIT TEST #6 Ch. 22-28, 31, Laboratories 7 and 8

Ch.  29-30, 35-39 (4 weeks)

bulletPlant Diversity I: The Colonization of Land
bulletPlant Diversity II:  The Evolution of the Seed Plant
bulletPlant Structure and Growth
bulletTransport in Plants
bulletPlant Nutrition
bulletPlant Reproduction and Development    
bulletControl Systems in Plants
bulletLaboratory 9:  Transpiration
bulletUNIT TEST #7: Ch. 29-30, 35-39, Laboratory 9

Ch. 32-34, 40-49 (4 weeks)

bulletIntroduction to Animal Evolution
bulletVertebrate Evolution and Diversity
bulletAn Introduction to Animal Structure and Function
bulletAnimal Nutrition
bulletCirculation and Gas Exchange
bulletThe Body's Defenses
bulletControlling the Internal Environment
bulletChemical Signals in Animals
bulletAnimal Reproduction         
bulletAnimal Development
bulletNervous Systems
bulletSensory and Motor Mechanisms
bulletLaboratory 10:  Physiology of the Circulatory System
bulletUNIT TEST #8: Ch. 32-34, 40-49 and Laboratory 10

Ch. 50-55  (2 - 3 weeks)

bulletAn Introduction to Ecology and the Biosphere
bulletBehavioral Biology
bulletPopulation Ecology
bulletCommunity Ecology
bulletConservation Biology       
bulletLaboratory 11:  Animal Behavior
bulletLaboratory 12:  Dissolved Oxygen and Primary Productivity 


AP EXAMINATION: TBA                  

FINAL EXAM/LAB: UNIT TEST #9: Ch. 50 - 55 and Laboratory 11 & 12 (Turn in lab manual for grade).


AP Biology Student Resources

Textbook Resources 

(CD with each textbook)

Online password will be given in class

CollegeBoard.com  for Parents

Brevard County Schools score highest on Advanced Placement Tests

among ten largest counties in Florida for students scoring 3 or higher.

For those scoring 3 or higher, Brevard’s 62.5% is also higher than the State’s 47.7% and Global 59.6%

Way to go AP students!!!  Let's keep up the fantastic work!

Press Release for Brevard County AP Scores


Other Helpful Links

AP Bio General Info
AP Bio Exam Prep Learnerator
AP Bio Labs Lecture Notes
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