Advanced Placement Biology
2007 – 2008
Textbook: Campbell, N & Reece, J. (2003) AP Edition Biology: 7th
Edition . Pearson ($145)
Additional Text: Weiner, Jonathan (1994) The Beak of the Finch. Vintage Books ($20)
I personally enjoy teaching biology because it allows me the opportunity to encourage each
student to become more involved in the world around us. Biology affects our lives everyday in ways
we do not see such as in the development of pharmaceuticals, global warming, health care, and in
responsible human impact on nature. My primary goal is for each student to have a good grasp of the
basic concepts of biology and how it is relevant to themselves and society.
This course provides students with an opportunity to develop a conceptual framework for
modern biology emphasizing the integration of general topics of biology though eight major themes:
Science as Process; Evolution; Energy Transfer; Continuity and Change; Relationship of structure to
function; Regulation; Interdependence in nature; and Science; Technology, and Society.
If you have need for tutorial, I am available during the following times:
Every day from 3:15 PM to 4:30 PM. Occasionally we will have a faculty meeting on
Three ring binder, Lab book, Pencils, Pens, Paper, Metric Ruler, Graph Paper,
Class Structure: The class will comprise primarily of lecture and lab work. I will provide note sheets
for the lectures and email the PowerPoints to each student. Study guides will be provided for
completion before the next lecture (nightly work). The textbook must be read beforehand in order to
stay with the content. This is a fast moving class in regards to content so falling behind will slow down
the course and affect everyone. The labs are also very lengthy (with the possibility of having to
complete one after school once in a while) but are essential to each students’ understanding of
processes and content. Simple activities will also be completed to help students master the material
and as a break from lecture. At least one essay question on the AP exam will be derived from an AP
lab that we complete.
Some facts about the AP Exam:
1. Students are not allowed to use calculators on the exam, so please complete calculations on
paper by hand.
2. The AP Exam consists of two sections:
a. Multiple Choice Exam (80 minutes): Approximately 100 questions (60%)
b. Essay Exam (90 Minutes): 4 Essay questions that must be answered. (40%)
I will provide students with AP study guides to aid with their studies. Content will be reviewed
in the guides to prepare for the instructor’s exams and the AP exam. We will utilize practice exams as
regular quizzes as well as other quizzes to ensure that students are studying the material and to
clarify any misconceptions they may have regarding the curriculum. Each student is expected to pre
read all material before class when topics are discussed.
Labs: Labs will be an important part of the class. There are 12 essential AP labs that must be
completed before the AP exam. The AP exam will ask questions related to these labs. We will also
complete other labs to help each student to learn some of the finer points to review and prepare for
exams. A lab book is necessary for the class. Labs on looseleaf paper will not be accepted.
Classroom Behavior: Each student is expected to behave appropriately as if they are in their own
home. The science lab can be fun but also dangerous if we do not behave properly. Vandalism will
NOT be tolerated. Anyone caught vandalizing the classroom, equipment, or the school will be
severely punished. FOOD OR DRINK except water will be prohibited. Odors from chemicals are the
chemicals themselves and may absorb into the food.
MakeUp Policy: It is the student’s responsibility to make up all work that is missed due to
absences. If an exam is missed due to an absence the makeup exam will be allessay. Missing class
will put the student behind significantly and due to the pace of the course, each student must take the
initiative to attend tutorials and collect all of their missed work.
Computation of Grades: The final grade will be computed using the following categories and
Assignments (Study guides, article reviews, etc.) 30%
Resources: Listed below are a number of sites that will be useful throughout the course. Use them
often for review. There are other teachers that teach AP Biology and I will be looking for assistance
from them, so there is no shame in asking others for assistance. I use the last site for many of the
assignments that will be completed, so refer to it often.
1. Mr. Johnson’s AP Biology Page: http://www.sirinet.net/~jgjohnso/aphome.html
2. Mrs. King’s Bioweb: http://mrskingsbioweb.com/
3. North Warren Regional School Syllabus: http://www.users.nac.net/challoran/apbio.htm
4. LabBench Menu: http://www.phschool.com/science/biology_place/labbench/
5. AP Central: http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/
6. AP Biology Zone: http://bio.kimunity.com/ap_biology/
Advanced Placement Biology
Instructor: Mr. Nikolai Curtis
The following topic outline indicates the percentage of the course and exam devoted to each major
subset of biology. Each major section will cover the following eight themes of biology: Science as
Process; Evolution; Energy Transfer; Continuity and Change; Relationship of structure to function;
Regulation; Interdependence of Nature; and Science, Technology, and Society. Each section will
address multiple themes during the year as outlined in the course outline after this section.
I. Molecules & Cells II. Heredity & Evolution III. Organisms &
33. Inheritance patterns
I. Molecules and Cells (25%) B. Molecular Genetics (9%)
A. Chemistry of Life (7%) 11. RNA & DNA structure & function
11. Water 22. Gene regulation
22. Organic molecules in organisms 33. Mutation
33. Free energy changes 4
B. Cells (10%)
11. Prokaryotic & eukaryotic cells
22. Membranes 5
33. Subcellular organization 64. Viral structure & replication
44. Cell cycle & its regulation 75. Nucleic acid technology &
C. Cellular Energetics (8%) applications
11. Coupled reactions C. Evolutionary Biology (8%)
22. Fermentation & cellular respiration 11. Early evolution of life
33. Photosynthesis 22. Evidence for evolution
33. Mechanisms of evolution
II. Heredity and Evolution (25%)
A. Heredity (8%) III. Organisms and Populations (50%)
11. Meiosis & gametogenesis A. Diversity of Organisms (8%)
22. Eukaryotic chromosomes 11. Evolutionary patterns
22. Survey of the diversity of life 22. Structural, physiological, &
33. Phylogenetic classification behavioral adaptations
44. Evolutionary relationships 33. Response to the environment
B. Structure and Function of Plants and C. Ecology (10%)
Animals (32%) 11. Population dynamics
11. Reproduction, growth, & 22. Communities & ecosystems
development 33. Global issues
Advanced Placement Biology Course Outline & Syllabus
*Time frame is an approximation. Revisions may be made due to time fluctuations. Other lab activities
will occur during unit lessons to review content. Labs are noted in bold italics with AP specific labs
that the AP Exam (listed as AP labs) will take questions from. Major projects or important activities
are also listed. The chapters are listed as a correlation for each student to read, but will not dictate
the information presented. After the chapters, the lecture topics are listed. Each unit will address the
following themes throughout the year: Science as Process; Evolution; Energy Transfer; Continuity
and Change; Relationship of structure to function; Regulation; Interdependence of Nature; and
Science, Technology, and Society. Each section will have the main themes listed in italics after the
Ch. 1 5 (3 ½ weeks): Science as Process, Energy Transfer, Relationship of structure to function,
Introduction: Themes in the Study of Life
The Chemical Context of Life
Water & the Fitness of the Environment
Carbon & the Molecular Diversity of Life
The Structure & Function of Macromolecules
An Introduction to Metabolism
Introductory lab: Measurement, Precision, & Accuracy, and Evidence Evaluation
Completion of lab, discussion of results and how to prepare a lab report based upon collected
Exam #1: Ch. 1 5.
Ch. 7 and 8 (2 weeks): Science as Process, Relationship of structure to function, Regulation,
Interdependence in nature
A Tour of the Cell
Membrane Structure & Function
Class Activity: Cell structure modeling
Students will create clay models of cells in class and describe the structure and function of
each organelle through the creation of a key. For extra credit, students may model a cell
through the creation of a cell cake or cookie with appropriate labeling.
Class Lab: Examination of different cell types.
Students will identify and describe different cell types through microscope use and
microviewer slides. Simple illustrations will be drawn in lab books for comparison of
AP Laboratory 1: Diffusion and Osmosis
Complete lab and write up in lab books. Discuss results and calculations of water potential
and how cells are affected by this concept.
Exam #2: Ch. 78 AND Laboratory 1.
Ch. 6, 9 and 10 (3½ weeks): Science as Process, Energy Transfer, Relationship of structure to
Function, Regulation, Interdependence in nature
Cellular Respiration: Harvesting Chemical Energy
Class Project: Amino acids and their importance
Each student will create a small poster on an amino acid and describe its importance and
identifying functional groups.
AP Laboratory 2: Enzymes
Complete lab and write up in lab books. Short poster project on the importance of enzymes
(and their subunits) in biological systems (choose an enzyme and describe its importance).
AP Laboratory 4: Plant Pigments and Photosynthesis
Complete lab and write up in lab books. What pigments were isolated during the
chromatography experiment? What is the importance of each pigment to plant systems?
What are their roles in photosynthesis? Outside research assignment on pigment types.
AP Laboratory 5: Cell Respiration
Complete lab and write up in lab books. Discussion of results and collected evidence for
future lab writeups.
Exam #3: Ch. 6, 9 and 10 AND Laboratories 2, 4 and 5
Ch. 1115 (3½ weeks): Science as Process, Continuity and Change, Relationship of structure to
function, Interdependence in nature
The Reproduction of Cells
Meiosis & Sexual Life Cycles
Mendel & the Gene Idea
The Chromosomal Basis of Inheritance
Class activity: Meiosis/Mitosis flip books
Students will create large scale flipbooks outlining in detail the processes of mitosis and
meiosis. Discussion will occur to address differences between each process.
AP Laboratory 3: Mitosis and Meiosis
Complete lab and write up in lab books. Compare and contrast of similarities and differences
between each process.
Exam #4: Ch. 1115 AND Laboratory 3
Ch. 1621 (3 weeks): Science as Process, Continuity and Change, Regulation, Evolution, Science,
Technology, & Society, Relationship to structure and function
The Molecular Basis of Inheritance
From Gene to Protein
Microbial Models: The Genetics of Viruses & Bacteria
Genome Organization & Expression in Eukaryotes
The Genetic Basis of Development
Class Activity: DNA modeling, Nucleotide structures, and Replication
Students will use more advanced DNA models (kits) to discuss the structure of DNA, specific
chemical composition of molecules, bond attractions, and how replication processes.
AP Laboratory 6: Molecular Biology (Plasmids)
Complete lab and write up in lab books. Investigation of how techniques learned apply to
current fields of biology (stem cells, systems biology, synthetic biology) through problem
Exam # 5: Ch. 1621 AND Laboratory 6
2nd SECOND SEMESTER
Ch. 2228, 31 (4 weeks): Science as Process, Evolution, Continuity and Change, Regulation,
Interdependence of nature, Relationship of structure to function
HIV & Evolution
Descent with Modification: A Darwinian View of Life
The Evolution of Populations
The Origin of Species
Tracing Phylogeny: Macroevolution, the Fossil Record, & Systematics
Early Earth & the Origin of Life
Prokaryotes & the Origins of Metabolic Diversity
The Origins of Eukaryotic Diversity (545554)
Fungi (616619, 629631)
Project: Scientists of evolutionary theory. Students will create posters discussing the role of
important evolutionary biologists throughout history and their contributions to evolutionary theory.
Randomly assigned through cards (Darwin, E.O. Wilson, Gould, etc.).
Class labs: Fossil evidence to support evolutionary theory
Natural selection and allelic frequency
AP Laboratory 8: Population Genetics and Evolution (HardyWienberg equation)
Complete lab and write up in lab books through simulation of factors influencing population
genetics. Is the HardyWienberg equation applicable?
AP Laboratory 7: Genetics of Organisms (Online simulation)
What factors affect genetic variation? End lecture of humans and their influence on evolution
(global warming, disease resistance).
Exam #6:Ch. 2228, 31, Laboratories 7 and 8
Ch. 2930, 3539 (4 weeks): Science as Process, Evolution, Continuity and Change,
Interdependence in nature, Relationship of structure to function, Regulation
Plant Diversity I: The Colonization of Land
Plant Diversity II: The Evolution of the Seed Plant
Plant Structure & Growth
Transport in Plants
Plant Reproduction & Development
Control Systems in Plants
AP Laboratory 9: Transpiration (Alternative lab than in book)
Complete lab and write up in lab books. Formal write up of data collected and what results
demonstrate to the class.
Exam #7: Ch. 2930, 3539, Laboratory 9
Ch. 3234, 4049 (4 weeks): Science as Process, Evolution, Regulation, Relationship of structure to
function, Interdependence in nature
Introduction to Animal Evolution
Vertebrate Evolution & Diversity
An Introduction to Animal Structure & Function
Circulation & Gas Exchange
The Body's Defenses
Controlling the Internal Environment
Chemical Signals in Animals
Sensory & Motor Mechanisms
AP Laboratory 10: Physiology of the Circulatory System
Complete lab and write up in lab books. Indepth presentations by groups of how physiology
is affected by outside factors such as exercise and diet.
Exam #8: Ch. 3234, 4049 and Laboratory 10
Ch. 5055 (2 3 weeks): Science as Process, Interdependence in nature, Continuity and Change,
Evolution, Energy Transfer
An Introduction to Ecology & the Biosphere
AP Laboratory 11: Animal Behavior
Complete lab and write up in lab books. Design an experiment that monitors animal behavior
in a noninvasive manner. Perform experiment at home or site (zoo, aquarium) and complete
writeup for presentation to class.
AP Laboratory 12: Dissolved Oxygen and Primary Productivity
Completed through field trip to Piedmont Park & Atlanta Botanical Gardens. Complete lab
and write up in lab books. Discuss how environmental factors may have influenced data
collected during site visits