AP Biology A&B

Course Description

This course is taught at the college level and designed to prepare students to take the Advanced Placement Examination and score high enough to earn college credit in those colleges that recognize the examination. College level textbooks are used. The course will cover all of the topics in the AP Biology Course Description. These include biochemistry, cell structure and function, cell energetics, cellular reproduction and communication, heredity, molecular genetics, evolution, ecology, diversity of organisms, structure and function of plants and animals, and comparative anatomy.

Course Requirements

Grade Level

9 – 12

Materials

Campbell Biology AP Edition 2017 -Lisa Urry, Michael Cain, Steven Wasserman, Peter Minorsky, Jane Reece, Neil Campbell

ISBN-13: 978-0134433691

ISBN-10: 134433696

5 Steps to a 5 AP Biology 2019

ISBN-13: 978-1260122817
ISBN-10: 1260122816

AP Biology Lab Kit

Duration

2 Semesters

Credit Value

1.0

Prerequisites

None

Semester A

Enduring Understandings of this Course:

  • Change in the genetic makeup of a population over time is evolution.
  • Organisms are linked by lines of descent from common ancestry.
  • The origin of living systems is explained by natural processes.
  • Growth, reproduction and maintenance of the organization of living systems require free energy and matter.
  • Growth, reproduction and dynamic homeostasis require that cells create and maintain internal environments that are different from their external environments.
  • Organisms use feedback mechanisms to regulate growth and reproduction, and to maintain dynamic homeostasis.
  • Heritable information provides for continuity of life.
  • Expression of genetic information involves cellular and molecular mechanisms.
  • The processing of genetic information is imperfect and is a source of genetic variation.
  • Cells communicate by generating, transmitting and receiving chemical signals.
  • Transmission of information results in changes within and between biological systems.
  • Interactions within biological systems lead to complex properties.
  • Competition and cooperation are important aspects of biological systems.

Semester B

Enduring Understandings of this Course:

  • Change is the genetic makeup of a population over time is evolution.
  • Organisms are linked by lines of descent from common ancestry.
  • Life continues to evolve within a changing environment.
  • Growth, reproduction and maintenance of the organization of living systems require free energy and matter.
  • Growth, reproduction and dynamic homeostasis require that cells create and maintain internal environments that are different from their external environments.
  • Organisms use feedback mechanisms to regulate growth and reproduction, and to maintain dynamic homeostasis.
  • Growth and dynamic homeostasis of a biological system are influenced by changes in the system’s environment.
  • Many biological processes involved in growth, reproduction and dynamic homeostasis include temporal regulation and coordination.
  • Naturally occurring diversity among and between components within biological systems affects interactions with the environment.