Course Description: The AP Biology course is designed to offer students a solid foundation in introductory college-level biology and help them to build a conceptual framework for understanding modern biology. The course is structured around four big ideas, enduring understandings, and science practices.
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
Students will conduct a minimum of eight inquiry-based investigations (two per big idea throughout the course).
Additional labs will be conducted to deepen students’ conceptual understanding and to reinforce the application of science practices within a hands-on, discovery-based environment.