The AP Biology class is designed to be the equivalent of a challenging, two-semester college-level course. Students will be exposed to some of the most current topics of biological research and get to explore biology through a combination of inquiry-based labs, group discussions, and modified lectures. This course will prepare the student for college, develop invaluable academic skills, and develop an ability to think scientifically. The major units span all levels of biological organization, beginning with biochemistry and a deep dive into biological molecules. Students then study cells, energy storage, and generation, homeostasis, and communication. The last half of the year focuses on genetics, gene expression, and interactions among and between organisms. Students are expected to take the Advanced Placement examination in May and will also be well-prepared for the SAT Subject Area Test in Biology.
Completion of Biology and Chemistry with an A or completion of Biology Honors and Chemistry Honors with a B+ and current science teacher recommendation.