AP Biology Syllabus

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					AP Biology Syllabus
Course Overview
This course is taught at the college level and designed to prepare students to take the Advanced Placement Examination and score high enough to earn college credit in those colleges that recognize the examination. College level textbooks are used. The course will cover all of the topics in the AP Biology Course Description. These include biochemistry, cell structure and function, cell energetics, cellular reproduction and communication, heredity, molecular genetics, evolution, ecology, classification, plant structure and function, animal structure and physiology. All of the topics are integrated throughout the course using the eight major themes from the AP Biology Curriculum Requirements (C6). The objectives of the course are that each student shall        Use inquiry, reasoning, and critical thinking skills to assess and analyze biological phenomena. (C7) Understand and apply the scientific process skills to answer questions and solve problems within a biological context. (C4) Use collaborative groups to conduct scientific investigations, share ideas, and present research findings. Identify, understand, and appreciate the diversity, continuity, and relationships among living things. Assess and analyze the intra- and interconnectedness of biological kingdoms. Demonstrate an understanding of evolution and its impact on all aspects of biology. (C5) Use available resources such as educational institutions, software programs, and technology to create and answer questions presented to them in class.

Students receive an agenda for each unit that includes chapters covered, additional resources, labs, and test dates. I also maintain a website with resources for each unit. The textbook for this course is the seventh edition of Neil A. Campbell and Jane B. Reece’s Biology. Students also use the AP Biology Lab Manual for Students. Additional labs are teacher-generated or come from other sources.

Course Planner Lecture and Lab Schedule for AP Biology: Semester One


Chemistry of Life (C1)  Water  Organic molecules in organisms  Free Energy Changes  Enzymes  Cell Kinetics Cells (C1)  Prokaryote and Eukaryote  Membranes  Cellular organization Cell Energetics Coupled enzyme reactions Fermentation and cell respiration photosynthesis

Chapters 1-6

AP Lab 2: Enzyme Catalysis
Building Organic Compounds pH scale lab

Labs (C8)


Chapters 7-8, pgs 748-754

AP Lab 1: Diffusion
Microscope lab and Cell identification

3    4

Chapters 9-10

Using a spectrophotometer

AP Lab 4: Plant Pigments AP Lab 5: Cell Respiration Chapters 11-13 AP Lab 8: Cell Division
Cell Division in Fungus Chi Square introduction


Cellular Reproduction and Communication  Mitosis  Meiosis  Cell signaling Heredity (C2)  Mendelian Genetics  Inheritance Patterns  Chromosome structure Molecular Genetics (C2)  RNA and DNA structure and function  Gene Regulation  Mutation  Viral Structure and Function  Nucleic Acid Technology

Chapters 13-15


AP Lab # 7: Genetics of Drosophilia Chapters 16-21 AP Lab #6: Molecular Genetics
Lab: Detecting the Huntington’s Gene (C7)

Semester Two


Diversity of Organisms (C3)  Evolutionary Patterns  Evolutionary Relationships  Survey of Diversity of Life  Phylogentic classification  Major Body Plans Evolution (C2)  Early evidence of Life  Evidence for evolution  Mechanisms for evolution  Relationships between organisms  Adaptations  Classifications Ecology (C3)  Population Dynamics  Communities and Ecosystems  Behavior  Conservation & Global Issues Plants (C3)  Reproduction, Growth, and development  Structural, physiological, and behavioral adaptations  Environmental Response Introduction of Animals and Vertebrates (C3)  Characteristics of vertebrates Body Systems of Animals (C3)  Nervous system  Circulation  Immune System  Digestion  Homeostasis  Reproduction

Chapters 26-31

Labs (C8)
Survey of Organisms Restriction Enzyme analysis between species


Chapters 22-26

AP Lab #8: Population Genetics
Hardy Weinberg and the Bengal tiger


Chapters 50-55

AP Lab #12: Dissolved oxygen and Primary productivity


Chapters 3536, 38-39

Plant Anatomy

AP Lab #9: Transpiration


Chapters 3234, & 40 Chapters 41-48

Vertebrate Structure


AP Lab #10: Physiology of the Circulatory system


Students typically work in groups of two to complete labs during one or two eighty-minute time periods. AP Biology Labs as well as supplemental labs are used throughout the year. All labs and activities that the students perform are graded and discussed in class.

Student Evaluation

Quizzes, tests, homework, activities, projects, and lab reports are used to assess each student’s learning. The grading scale is as follows: A+= 97-100% A = 94-96% A-= 90-93% B+= 87-89.9% B = 84-86% B-= 80-83% D+= 67-69.9% D = 64-66% D- = 60-63% F=59.9% and below C+= 77-79.9% C = 74-77% C-=70-73%

Student Expectations

Students may receive college credit for this class so they are held to the same standards as a student in college-level biology.  Regular Attendance is mandatory.  Students are expected to be attentive and participate in class.  Laboratory activities may not be made up.  Students MUST be present for all quizzes and tests.  Students are responsible for reading assigned chapters whether they are discussed in class or not. Curricular Requirements The curricular requirements consist of standards set by the College Board that must be addressed during the course of the year in AP Biology. They are as follows:  C1: Molecules and Cells  C2: Heredity and Evolution  C3: Organisms and Populations  C4: Understanding of Science as a Process rather than an accumulation of facts  C5: Recognition of Evolution as the foundation of modern biological models and thought


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C6: The integration of biology through the eight major themes as specified, Science as a process, Evolution; Energy Transfer, Continuity and Change, Relationship to Structure and Function, Regulation, Interdependence in nature, Science, Technology and Society C7: Application of Biological knowledge and critical thinking to environmental and social concerns C8: Students must spend a minimum of 25% of instructional time engaged in hands-on laboratory work

About AP Biology

AP Biology is a challenging course that requires time and effort from both the student and the teacher. This can be an enjoyable and rewarding class if the student is ready to work hard!