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What is AP Biology?
AP Biology is a survey course of biological science equivalent to the introductory biology course for science majors taught at the university level. AP Biology covers topics in greater depth and at a much faster pace than your 9th grade Biology course. You should have successfully completed both Biology and Chemistry as pre-requisites for this course.
This course is extremely fast-paced and requires a great deal of self-discipline to be successful. There is a heavy emphasis on science as inquiry and discovery; thus, a great deal of time is spent designing and performing laboratory investigations.
Our course is framed around four "Big Ideas" in Biology, as well as a set of Science Practices*. They are:
Big Idea 1: The process of evolution drives the diversity and unity of life.
Big Idea 2: Biological systems utilize free energy and molecular building blocks to grow, to reproduce, and to maintain dynamic homeostasis.
Big Idea 3: Living systems store, retrieve, transmit, and respond to information essential to life processes.
Big Idea 4: Biological systems interact, and these systems and their interactions possess complex properties.
Science Practice 1: You will use representations and models to communicate scientific phenomena and solve scientific problems.
Science Practice 2: You will use mathematics appropriately.
Science Practice 3: You will engage in scientific questioning to extend thinking or to guide investigations within the context of our course.
Science Practice 4: You will plan and implement data collection strategies appropriate to a particular scientific question.
Science Practice 5: You will perform data analysis and evaluate evidence.
Science Practice 6: You will work with scientific explanations and theories.
Science Practice 7: You will connect and relate knowledge across various scales, concepts, and representations in and across domains.
*Some material modified from (2010). AP Biology Curriculum Framework 2012-2013. New York, NY: College Board.
Paul Andersen of Bozeman High School in Bozeman, Montana, gives a wonderful summary of the course here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibhnP5suqK8&t=3s