AP Biology is an introductory college-level biology course. Students cultivate their understanding of biology through inquiry-based investigations as they explore the following topics: evolution, cellular processes – energy and communication, genetics, information transfer, ecology, and interactions. This course requires that 25 percent of the instructional time will be spent in hands-on laboratory work, with an emphasis on inquiry-based investigations that provide students with opportunities to apply the science practices.
The course is based on four Big Ideas, which encompass core scientific principles, theories, and processes that cut across traditional boundaries and provide a broad way of thinking about living organisms and biological systems. Students establish lines of evidence and use them to develop and refine testable explanations and predictions of natural phenomena.
The Advanced Placement Test designed by Educational Testing Service will be taken by the students in May. Successfully passing the Advanced Placement exam may result in earned college credit for the individual student.
For additional information on AP Biology, please visit the College Board website.