AP BIOLOGY

Advanced Placement Biology is a college level biology course designed for the advanced, above average student. The course follows the suggested syllabus of the College Board.

Students prepare for the AP exam on May 9, 2016, 7:45am.
Every student in the class will take the exam in May - date and time are not negotiable
An AP letter regarding payment will be mailed out the third week of October
The cost of the exam is $92
Payment is due by Monday, Nov. 23, 2015
Free/reduced lunch students may apply to Mr. Sears for a fee reduction. That request is due in writing by Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015.
An additional lab period is offered once a week and every other Friday. This gives the students the opportunity to perform extensive, inquiry based labs.

The students have been issued a text book and access to the companion website. Their book is a resource they are encouraged to read. Multiple other resources are provided and they should choose the ones that work best for them (as opposed to trying to do all of them).

Homework is given in chuncks so that the students can plan around their schedule.

The following category weights are applied:

  • tests 60%
  • labs projects 30%
  • homework 10%

There are four major themes that will be covered in the course:

      1. The process of evolution drives the diversity and unity of life.
      2. Biological systems utilize free energy and molecular building blocks to grow, to reproduce, and to maintain dynamic homeostasis.
      3. Living systems store, retrieve, transmit, and respond to information essential to life processes.
      4. Biological systems interact, and these systems and their interactions possess complex properties.

AP biology is a rigorous course.  It requires extensive reading, excellent note taking skills, application of concepts, and a high level of academic performance.  The class is taught at the college level.  Expectations are high but every effort is made to give the students the opportunity to succeed.

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