Course Pre-requisite- Successfully completed Biology / Biology Honors and or Chemistry / Chemistry Honors with a B or higher.
Pre-requisite: Biology and Chemistry, as well as instructor approval. AP Biology is a rigorous, hands-on, demanding course that is equivalent to a two-semester introductory college biology course. This class will focus on enduring conceptual understandings and the content that supports them, which will allow students to focus on inquiry-based learning of essential concepts and developing reasoning skills necessary to engage in the science practices used throughout their study of AP Biology. There are four Big Ideas and 12 mandatory labs that will be taught in great detail and assessed on the AP exam. You will be required to work hard and keep up with the rigorous curriculum. At the end of the year students are expected to take the AP Biology exam. Class Fee $30.00
Big Ideas and Investigations:
Big Idea1: Evolution–the process of evolution drives the diversity and unity of life.
· Artificial Selection
· Mathematics Modeling: Hardy Weinberg
· Comparing DNA Sequences to Understand Evolutionary relationships with Blast.
Big Idea 2: Cellular Processes (Energy and Communication)–Biological systems utilize free energy and molecular building blocks to grow.
· Diffusion and Osmosis
· Cellular Respiration
Big Idea 3: Genetics and Information Transfer– living systems store, retrieve, transmit, and respond to information essential to life processes.
· Cell Division: Mitosis and Meiosis
· Biotechnology: Bacterial Transformation
· Biotechnology: Restriction Enzyme Analysis of DNA
Big Idea 4: Interactions – Biological systems interact and these systems and their interactions possess complex properties.
· Energy Dynamics
· Fruit Fly Behavior
· Enzyme Activity
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