AP Biology is designed to offer students a solid foundation in introductory college-level biology by developing inquiry and reasoning skills, applying mathematical routines, and emphasizing students making connections between the four big ideas of biology:
- The process of evolution drives the diversity of life.
- Biological systems utilize free energy and molecular building blocks to grow, to reproduce, and to maintain dynamic homeostasis.
- Living systems store, retrieve, transmit, and respond to information essential to life processes.
- Biological systems interact, and these systems and their interactions possess complex properties.
Though our system has an open enrollment policy, students should understand that this course is designed to be a second year biology course, and the equivalent of a year-long introductory college level course. The course requires a working knowledge of biology and chemistry. The breadth, pace, and depth of material covered exceeds the standard high school Biology course, as does the college-level textbook, laboratory work, and time and effort required of students. This course will meet five days a week (180 days total) for 55 minutes each time, but students should expect to spend a minimum of three to five hours a week outside of class on course work.