AP Biology : About the Course
This AP Biology course is an intensive college-level biology course designed for students who have demonstrated an aptitude for and interest in science. This course is designed to prepare students for the Advanced Placement Biology Exam administered in early May. A good score (3 or better) on the exam may qualify at some colleges for course credit or exemption from introductory courses. It is dependent on the college of your choice.
This is a college-level course and we will be moving at a brisk pace to thoroughly cover a wide range of topics in biology. In addition to the time that we spend in class, students should expect to devote a substantial amount of time at home reading the text, reinforcing the concepts learned in class, completing lab work, and studying for exams. This course focuses on conceptual understandings of the concepts we will be covering throughout the year. We will be spending class time on inquiry-based learning and the development of reasoning skills such as designing, planning experiments, forming predictions, analyzing data, applying mathematical skills to the analysis of data, explanations of the findings, and connecting concepts across the content of the AP course. In order to accomplish our goals for the year, a significant of amount of work must be done at home or during your free time.
AP Biology Exam Date:
The AP Curriculum is based on four "BIG IDEAS"
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.
Throughout the year we will be referring and applying these 'Big Ideas" into everything you learnand that I teach.
In addition to "Big Ideas" the AP Biology course and exams focuses on seven overarching practices that capture important aspects of the work of scientists. Science practices describe the knowledge and skills that students should learn and demonstrate to reach a goal or to complete a learning activity.
Science Practice 1
The student can use representations and models to communicate scientific phenomena and solve scientific problems.
Science Practice 2
The student can use mathematics appropriately.
Science Practice 3
The student can engage in scientific questioning to extend thinking or to guide investigations within the context of the AP course.
Science Practice 4
The student can plan and implement data collection strategies in relation to a particular scientific question. (Note: Data can be collected from many different sources, e.g., investigations, scientific observations, the findings of others, historic reconstruction and/or archived data.)
Science Practice 5
The student can perform data analysis and evaluation of evidence.
Science Practice 6
The student can work with scientific explanations and theories.
Science Practice 7
The student is able to connect and relate knowledge across various scales, concepts and representations in and across domains.