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AP Biology Syllabus

  1. 1. AP Biology Syllabus Welcome to Advanced Placement Biology! Our goal this year is for you to enjoy building a substantial, deep understanding of unifying concepts in Biology while acquiring a set of Biology laboratory skills to prepare you for further Biology study. This course encompasses what is usually taught in a first year, two-semester college Biology course. In order for you to do well in this course, you will have to take responsibility for your own learning. Students are expected to engage in reading and study for 5-7 hours a week OUTSIDE of class. The course includes weekly tests designed to help prepare you for the AP test, lab reports based on the required AP Biology labs, and outside readings to broaden the application of what is learned in class. Course Outline: These dates are subject to change due to availability of lab materials, field trips, and speakers. Weekly tests will be on Mondays. We will stay on schedule. Keep this syllabus in the front of your notebook. Text: Campbell, Neil A. and Reece, Jane B. Biology, 7th edition (2005) Assorted other readings will be announced as the year continues. WEEK OF: TOPIC and BIOLOGICAL CHAPTER IN ASSESSMENTS: THEMES TEXT/AP LAB: Aug. 20 Review Summer assignments Molecules and Cells, Chapters 1-4, related to properties of water, Organisms and 50-55 carbon’s bonding ability, the Populations relationship between protein Interdependence in Nature structure and function, biochemistry, and Ecology Aug. 27 Test: The Chemistry of Life Molecules and Cells 5 (Ch. 1-4: life overview, Relationship of Structure to bonding, water, carbon) Function Begin Macromolecule structure and function Sept. 3* Test: Macromolecules, Molecules and Cells 6, Protein structure and Relationship of Structure to Diffusion/Osmosis function (Ch. 5) Function (AP Lab #1) A tour of the cell: organelles, microscopes, eukaryote structure Sept. 10 Test: Cell Structure (Ch. 6) Molecules and Cells 7 Membrane Structure and Relationship of Structure to Function Function Sept. 17 Test: Membranes (Ch. 7) Molecules and Cells 8 Metabolism and Enzyme Energy Transfer Enzymes/Catalysis Activity (AP Lab #2)
  2. 2. Sept. 24 Test: Enzymes and Cell Molecules and Cells 9 Chemistry (Ch. 8) Energy Transfer Glycolysis, Citric Acid Cycle, Chemiosmosis (Cellular Respiration) Oct. 1 Test: Cellular Respiration Molecules and Cells 10 (Ch. 9) Energy Transfer Photosynthesis Oct. 8 Test: Photosynthesis (Ch.10) Molecules and Cells 11, 12 Cell Communication and Cell Regulation Plant Pigments/ division Photosynthesis (AP Lab #4) Oct. 15 Test: Cell communication Molecules and Cells 13 and cell cycle (Ch. 11 and 12) Meiosis and Sexual Life Heredity and Cycles Evolution Continuity and Change Oct. 22 Test: Meiosis (Ch. 13) Molecules and Cells 14, 15 Mendelian Genetics and Chromosomal Inheritance Heredity and Evolution Continuity and Change Oct. 29 Test: Mendelian Genetics, Heredity and 16 Chromosomal Inheritance Evolution (Ch. 14 and 15) Continuity and Change, Molecular Genetics Regulation Nov. 5 Test: Molecular Genetics (Ch. Heredity and 17 Mitosis/Meiosis 16) Evolution (AP Lab #3A) Gene Expression Molecules and Cells Regulation Nov. 12 Test: Gene Expression (Ch. Heredity and 18 17) Evolution Genetics of Viruses and Regulation Bacteria, gene expression regulation Nov. 19 Test: Genetics of Viruses and Heredity and 19 Sordaria Bacteria (Ch. 18) Evolution (AP Lab #3B) Eukaryotic gene regulation, expression, and evolution Molecules and Cells Regulation
  3. 3. Nov. 26 Test: Eukaryotic genes (Ch. Heredity and 20 19) Evolution Electrophoresis DNA Technology and Genomics: cloning, mapping, Molecules and Cells electrophoresis Science, Technology and Society, Science as a Process Dec. 3 Test: DNA Technology and Heredity and 21 Genomics (Ch. 20) Evolution Population Embryonic Development Genetics Molecules and Cells (AP Lab #6) Regulation Continuity and Change Dec. 10 Test: Embryonic Review Development Review chapters 1-21 for Semester Exam Dec. 17 Semester 1 Exam Exams Jan. 2* Darwin’s research and theory Heredity and 22-23 of Natural Selection, Evolution Evolution of Populations Organisms and Populations Evolution Jan. 7 Test: Natural Selection and Heredity and 24-25 Evolution of Populations Evolution (Ch. 22-23) Origin of Life, Speciation, Organisms and Phylogeny and Systematics Populations Evolution Jan. 14 Test: Speciation and Organisms and 26-27 X2 Analysis Phylogeny (Ch 24-25) Populations Introduction to Biological Evolution Diversity, Prokaryotes Jan. 21 Test: Diversity, Prokaryotes Organisms and 28 Cell Respiration (Ch. 26-27) Populations (AP Lab #5) Protists Interdependence in Nature, Relationship of Structure to Function Jan. 28 Test: Protists (Ch. 28) Organisms and 29-30 Plant Diversity: How Plants Populations Colonized Land, Evolution Interdependence in Nature, of Seed Plants Relationship of Structure to Function Feb. 4 Test: Plant Diverstiy (Ch. 29, Organisms and 31-32
  4. 4. 30) Populations Fungi, Begin Animal Interdependence in Nature, Diversity Relationship of Structure to Function Feb. 11 Test: Fungi, Animal Basics Organisms and 33-34 (Ch. 31,32) Populations Invertebrates and Vertebrates Interdependence in Nature, Relationship of Structure to Function Feb. 18 Test: Invertebrates and Organisms and 35 Transpiration Vertebrates (Ch. 33-34) Populations (AP Lab #9) Plant Structure, Growth and Interdependence in Nature, Development Relationship of Structure to Function Feb. 25 Test: Plant Structure (Ch. 35) Organisms and 36-37 Transport in Vascular Plants, Populations Plant Nutrition Relationship of Structure to Function Mar. 3 Test: Plant Transport and Organisms and 38 Plant Pigments Nutrition (Ch. 36-37) Populations (AP Lab #4) Angiosperm Reproduction Continuity and Change, and Biotechnology Relationship of Structure to Function, Science, Technology and Society Mar. 10 Test: Angiosperms (Ch. 38) Organisms and 39 Circulatory Plant Responses to Internal Populations System and External Signals Regulation (AP Lab #10) with UVA Med students Mar. 17 Test: Plant Responses (Ch. Organisms and 40-41 39) Populations Animal Form and Function, Relationship of Structure to Nutrition Function Mar. 24 Test: Animal Form, Organisms and 43 Function, and Nutrition (Ch. Populations 40, 41) Relationship of Structure to The Immune System Function Mar. 31 Spring Break Apr. 7 Test: The Immune System Organisms and 42 (Ch. 43) Populations Gas Exchange and Relationship of Structure to Circulation Function Apr. 14 Test: Gas Exchange and Organisms and 44-45 Circulation (Ch. 42) Populations Osmoregulation, Excretion, Relationship of Structure to the Endocrine System Function Apr. 21 Test: Osmoregulation and the Organisms and 46-47
  5. 5. Endocrine System Populations Reproduction and Relationship of Structure to Development Function May 5 Test: Reproduction and Organisms and 48-49 Development Populations Nervous Systems, Relationship of Structure to Sensory/Motor Mechanisms Function May 12 AP Biology Exam, 8:00 a.m. May 19 Collaborative student work Science as a Process, Materials provided and discussion on bioethics Science, Technology and in class on bioethics Society May 26 Speakers from UVA Science as a Process regarding fields of research Jun. 2 Final Exams