Advanced Placement Biology is a yearlong course that allows students to be exposed to
college level material within high school. Classes are held five day’s a week for 55
minutes. One day per week classes are 45 minutes long. Students are also required to
attend a Saturday session during fourth term to prepare for the exam. The overall topics
in this course include: Ecology, Atoms and Molecules, DNA, Cells, DNA, Cellular
Respiration and Photosynthesis, Cell Division, Genetics, Evolution, Diversity of Life,
Plants, and Animals. Students complete several labs during each unit. Many labs
require a formal lab write-up. Students are expected to complete summer work prior to
September, read the textbook, complete chapter study guides, complete all labs, and
Each student receives a calendar with daily lecture or lab and homework assignments.
Students are expected to complete vocabulary and answer study guide questions for each
chapter. Students are also expected to answer and discuss chapter objectives as provided
by Biology 5th Edition by Campbell. The study guide and objective questions provide
opportunity for students to think about the over lapping themes: energy transfer,
continuity and challenge, regulation, interdependence, and evolutionary significance of
form and function.
Course Textbook and other Resources
• Biology 5th Edition by Campbell, Reese and Mitchell. Publisher: Benjamin
• CD Rom with Fifth edition “Biology” by Campbell and Reese.
• Biology: Concepts and Connections 5th Edition by Campbell. Reece, Taylor, and
Simon. Publisher: Benjamin Cummings.
• AP Biology Flash Cards by Barrons
• Five steps to a five on the Advanced Placement Examination: Biology by Anestis
• University of Minnesota Medical Lab Trip (heart/lungs, nervous system)
• Wards AP Biology Lab Sets (12) with CD-Rom
• Exams/Quizzes/Homework 60 %
o Multiple Choice
o Short Answer
o Lab Practical
o Chapter Questions
o Unit Objective Questions
• Labs 40 %
o All Wards AP Biology Series Labs
o All extension labs as assigned by teacher
o Hands-on with specific directions
o Hands-on Inquiry
LECTURES (75 % of class time): During a typical week we spend several days in
lecture. Lectures are presented using an LCD projector. Lecture outlines are given to
each student to help them better organize classroom notes. Students are to complete 1-2
hours of homework each evening. They are to complete a study guide with multiple
questions for each chapter. The study guide highlights various vocabulary term students
should become familiar with. Students are encouraged to join study groups with class
members. Questions are discussed in the classroom the following day. Students are
expected to organize all work according to units of study. Students are to file all work in
their Biology binder at the end of each unit. The binder in kept in the classroom and is
used for review and is taken with them at the end of the year.
LABS (25 % of class time): When not in lecture students will complete hands on labs.
Students work individually or in small groups (2-4) to complete these labs. All formal
labs are to be typed with data sheets, tables and or graphs attached. All students in AP
science courses are to follow a district/school rubric adapted for individual content areas
(Biology, Chemistry and Physics). Some labs are informally assessed.
EXAMS: Students take final unit exams as well as short quizzes during longer units.
Exams consist of both multiple choice questions and essay question from previous AP
exams. When quizzes are given they consist of multiple choice, matching, and short
answer questions. Students take a full-length exam prior to the AP College Board Exam;
this is done on a weekend.
Length of UNIT TOPIC/S CHAPTER LAB/s and or
Unit ASSIGNMENT PROJECT/s
Summer 1 Ecology and Read and Individual
and One Behavior complete study controlled plant lab
Week guides for: 50, 51, (Formal).
Interactions 52, 53, 54, 55 AP Lab 12:
Individual and Dissolved oxygen
Group Behaviors and temperature
AP Lab 11A: pill
Two 2 Atoms and Read and Buffer Lab
Weeks Molecules complete study (various
guides for: 2, 3, 4, homogenates)
Bond types 5, 6, (Formal).
Lipids Enzyme Lab with
Proteins apple, potato,
Nucleic Acids chicken, liver
Enzymes (heat/pH changes)
AP Lab 2:
Two 3 Cells Read and Prepared
Weeks complete study Prokaryotic vs.
Cell types guides for: 7, 8, 11 Eukaryotic
Cell parts and Microscope Lab.
function Cell edible model
Transport AP Lab 1:
Communication Diffusion and
Cell size using
math cube as
Three 4 DNA Read and DNA extraction
Week complete study from cheek cell
Structure and guides for: 17, 18, Lab.
function 19, 20 DNA Model.
Transcription AP Lab 6:
Virus Genetics (Formal).
Bacteria Genetic Ethics
Genetic Engineering Research and
Two 5 Cellular Respiration Read and AP Lab 4A: Plant
Weeks and Photosynthesis complete study Pigment
guides for: 9, 10 Chromatography
Cycles and steps for (Formal).
each AP Lab 4B:
AP Biology Lab5:
Two 6 Cell Division Read and AP Lab 3: Mitosis
Weeks complete study and Meiosis
Mitosis guides for: 12, 13 (Formal).
Meiosis Evolution paper
Two 7 Genetics Read and AP Lab 7:
Weeks complete study Genetics of
Monohybrid crosses guides for: 14 Organisms
Dihybrid crosses (Formal).
Winter 8 Evolution Read and AP Lab 8:
Break and complete study Population
Two Evidence guides for: 22, 23, Genetics and
Weeks Mechanisms 24, 25, 26 Evolution
Fossil Lab (how
are fossils made:
casts and molds).
Three 9 Diversity of Life Read and Bacteria (5)
Weeks Evolutionary complete study Gram-staining Lab
Relationships guides for: 27, 28, (Formal).
29, 30, 31, 32, 33, Prokaryotic
Introduction to: 34 Diversity Lab.
Prokaryotes Moss, fern (sori),
- Endosymbiosis (cones)
- Evolution of (flowers)
vascular tissue Introduction Lab.
Two 10 Plants Read and AP Lab 9:
Weeks complete study Transpiration Lab
Transport guides for: (Formal).
Behavior of Plants 35, 36, 37, 38, 39 Celery Lab:
Four 11 Animals Read and AP Lab 10A:
Weeks complete study Blood Pressure
Digestion guides for: 40, 41, Lab (Formal).
Circulation 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, AP Lab10B:
Gas Exchange 47, 48, 49 Fitness Test
Immune Systems (Formal).
Homeostasis AP Lab10C:
Hormones Heart Rate and
Muscles Sheep Brain
Sense Organs Dissection Lab.
3 Weeks A Review Review Unit Labs chosen
objectives and according to areas
Overview review of goals of need.
each unit Complete Unit
Shortlabs for review review Packets
3 Weeks B Individual Project Complete
Controlled of student choice.
experiment Must cover AP
Research paper Theme or AP Lab.
Plant scavenger hunt