AP Biology

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. RECOMMENDED PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Biology.

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SEMESTER 1

Unit 1: Early Earth & Chemical Evolution

  • What is Biology?
  • Ancient Earth
  • Protein & Nucleic Acid
  • Fats & Carbohydrates

Unit 2: Cells

  • Membranes
  • Cell Structure
  • Metabolism
  • Photosynthesis
  • Cellular Respiration
  • Cell Communication
  • The Endocrine & Nervous Systems
  • Cell Cycle

Unit 3: Heredity and Molecular Genetics

  • Meiosis and Sexual Reproduction
  • Mendel & Genes
  • Chromosomal Inheritance
  • Molecular Inheritance
  • Gene to Protein
  • Viruses & Bacteria
  • Eukaryotic Genomes
  • Genetics of Development
  • DNA Technology & Genomics
  • Ethics

SEMESTER 2

Unit 4: Evolution

  • Darwin's Theory
  • Population Evolution
  • Speciation
  • Phylogeny
  • Early Cell Evolution

Unit 5: Plants and Animals

  • Plant Form and Growth
  • Animal Form and Growth
  • Animal Homeostasis
  • Animal Systems
  • Immune Response
  • The Vertebrate Brain
  • Behavior

Unit 6: Ecology

  • Ecology and the Biosphere
  • Population Ecology
  • Community Ecology
  • Biodiversity and Conservation