AP Biology (Advanced Placement Biology) is an introductory college level course taken in Upper School. By taking AP Biology, you will be taking a similar course to college students taking their first college level Biology course. For some students this course will be the last introductory Biology class they will be required to take. Earning a passing grade on the AP exam in May will allow students to either place out of their science requirement, or allow them to take more advanced Biology courses their first year in college. In this course, we will explore several sub-fields in biology, unite them under the 4 major themes (evolution, cellular processes: energy and communication, genetics and information transfer, and interactions) and complete labs and field studies to develop your understanding of biology.
In the fall semester we will start the year by looking at organic molecules, and how they work in organisms. We will move into Ecology, studying population dynamics, communities, and ecosystems, then ending ecology with a look at man's effects upon the environment. We will then plunge into Cell Biology, concentrating upon cell structure, cell cycle, and cellular metabolism. Our next unit will be Genetics, where we will explore heredity, the structure of RNA and DNA, nucleic acid replication, and biotechnology.In the spring semester, we will delve into Evolution, exploring the processes that led to the development of life on Earth. Then we will look at how the changing environmental conditions on Earth led to changes in those organisms. We will examine the processes and mechanisms that lead to speciation. Then we will use compare the Botanical groups both anatomically and physiologically. After that topic we will move into Zoology to compare the anatomical and physiological differences between groups of organisms, ending with the a case study of human anatomy.