Credit: 1.0 - Prerequisite:
A successful pass of Biology, Algebra 1, and Science Teacher’s approval
AP Biology is an introductory college-level course equivalent to 2 semesters of first year biology with lab. The main goals of AP Biology are for students to integrate essential knowledge among the four big ideas and to utilize the technology, apply the concepts, and design and implement scientific methods in order to gain a working understanding of the dynamic biosphere.
- 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 interaction possess complex properties.
The students will also be able to articulate the enduring understandings for each of the big ideas using examples from the course, as well as explain concepts with essential knowledge integrated throughout.