The Advanced Placement Biology curriculum is equivalent to a college course usually taken by biology majors during their first year of college. This course will expand on the content and skills you have learned in your previous high school biology class. Compared to Biology, AP Biology uses a college level textbook, increases the range and depth of the topics covered, and involves more extensive and skill heavy laboratory work. Most importantly, this course will require significant time and effort by the students. The primary emphasis of the course is on developing an understanding of concepts; a grasp of science as a process rather than as an accumulation of facts; personal experience in scientific inquiry; recognition of unifying themes that integrate the major topics of biology; and the application of biological knowledge and critical thinking to environmental and social concerns.
What you get out of this class will be dependent on what you are willing to put into the class. Historically, the student who is the most successful in the course and on the AP exam is the student that is willing to work hard both inside and outside of class. There isn’t time to thoroughly cover all necessary topics in class alone so outside work is a necessity.
Our AP Biology course has eight units. Each unit will average between two and six weeks long. Important resources can be found for each unit by clicking on the tabs below.