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AP Biology
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Lysozymes, telomeres, and bacteria, oh my! Biology is the study of life and the molecules, systems, and processes that support life. Through interactive media, labs, inquiry projects and assignments, this course investigates four big ideas: (1) The process of evolution drives the diversity and unity of life, (2) Biological systems utilize free energy and molecular building blocks to grow, reproduce, and maintain dynamic homeostasis, (3) Living systems store, retrieve, transmit, and respond to information essential to life processes, and (4) Biological systems interact. In this AP* Biology course, Cell Theory and the Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection guide our understanding of living systems and the complexities of their interactions with one another.

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Unit 1: Welcome to Biology
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  • Biology and Biologists
  • The Chemical Basis of Life
  • Water and Life
  • Acids, Bases, and Buffers
  • Organic Molecules
  • Macromolecules
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Unit 2: Cell Structure and Function
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  • Cell Basics
  • Cell Membranes
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Unit 3: Genes
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  • DNA Discovery and Structure
  • DNA Replication
  • Transcription of DNA to RNA
  • Translation: Protein Synthesis
  • Eukaryotic Genomes
  • Viral and Bacterial Genomes
  • Applications of Biotechnology
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Unit 4: Principles of Heredity
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  • The Cell Cycle and Mitosis
  • Sexual Life Cycle and Meiosis
  • Mendelian Model of Inheritance
  • Extensions of Mendel
  • Genes and Chromosomes
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Unit 5: Evolutionary Biology
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  • Darwin in Historical Context
  • Mechanisms of Evolution
  • Speciation
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Unit 6: Biological Diversity
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  • Systematics: Classifying Organisms
  • The History of Life on Earth
  • Prokaryotes
  • Unicellular Eukaryotes
  • Plants and Their Relatives
  • Fungi
  • Introduction to Animals
  • From Invertebrates to Vertebrates
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Unit 7: The Energetics of Life
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  • Cellular Energy Currency
  • Enzymes and Metabolism
  • An Overview of Metabolism
  • Glycolysis
  • The TCA Cycle
  • Electron Transport, ATP Synthesis, and Chemiosmosis
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Unit 8: Animal Structure, Reproduction, and Development
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  • Animal Form and Function
  • Animal Reproduction
  • Animal Development
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Unit 9: Circulation, Body’s Defenses, Nutrition
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  • Circulatory System
  • Respiratory System
  • Lymphatic System and the Blood
  • Nonspecific Immune Defenses
  • Specific Immune Defenses
  • Diet and Feeding Mechanisms
  • The Digestive System
  • Osmoregulation and Excretion
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Unit 10: Nervous System and Internal Controls
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  • Nervous Systems and Sensation
  • How Nerves Work
  • Hormones
  • The Endocrine System
  • Skeletons
  • Muscle Structure and Contraction
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Unit 11: Plants: Form and Function
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  • Plant Nutrition
  • Introduction to Photosynthesis
  • Light Reactions
  • The Calvin-Benson Cycle
  • Plant Reproduction and Development
  • Control Systems in Plants
  • Natural Setting
  • Population Ecology
  • Community Ecology
  • Energy Flow and the Water Cycle
  • Chemical Element Cycles
  • Conservation Biology
  • Basics of Behavior
  • Social Behavior