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AP Biology

Course Overview

Philosophy

Students will be engaged in current discussions on our origins, where we are going as a species and how we fit in to the biosphere. Within the framework of the AP curriculum, students will have opportunities to engage with other students in dialogue. Students finishing the course will gain an appreciation for nature, be better prepared to contribute to the scientific community, and be better equipped to integrate a Christian view of biology into their lives and careers.

Course Overview

AP Biology is at a similar level of difficulty as a 1st-year College course. AP students, in most cases, will work independently for a period of 32 weeks at locations far away from their teacher or a modern laboratory setting. They use resources and equipment that they have readily at hand around the house or purchased from a nearby store. Some of the laboratory activities are virtual activities that can be completed online. Ideally, students will learn to examine the world with fresh eyes and an open mind, employing scientific methods. Student interaction and debate can be done asynchronously, as students express their thoughts and views in an online forum.

Unit 1 Overview

Molecules & Cells Biological systems utilize free energy and molecular building blocks to grow, reproduce and to maintain dynamic homeostasis.

Unit 2 Overview

Heredity & Evolution Living systems store, retrieve, transmit and respond to information essential to life processes. The process of evolution drives the diversity and unity of life.

Unit 3 Overview

Organisms & Populations Biological systems interact, and these systems and their interactions possess complex properties.

Instructional Resources

Our AP Biology course is online and textbook-less. No special text resources are needed.

Themes

Major themes are:

  • Science as a Process
  • Evolution
  • Energy Transfer
  • Continuity and Change
  • Relationship of Structure to Function
  • Regulation
  • Interdependence
  • Science, Technology, and Society

AP Credit

The AP exam is optional and offered by the College Board of New York; the cost for the exam is not included. Students will receive four Grade 12 level credits for this course. In addition, because of the exam time line and course intensity, this course must be taken linearly, finishing in the first week of May. Students that enroll for AP late in the year may schedule their time to complete the course by May of the subsequent school year.

Details

Pre-requisites:

Biology 11 and Chemistry 11

Time Commitment:

32 weeks minimum

Requirements:

There is no textbook for this course. Students are required to stream videos contained within the course content, download and print assignments and note packages, scan (either by taking pictures or physically scanning) and upload their assignments within Moodle.

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