AP Biology


Your summer assignment is to ENJOY YOUR SUMMER! 
AP BIO starts when school starts at the end of summer.
Enjoy your family and spend some time outdoors  :)

What is AP Biology??

AP Biology is a year-long rigorous Science elective course that is open to juniors and seniors. 
  • The course is structured similarly to a course for Biology majors at a four year college/university. 
  • All material covered within the course is based upon the curriculum requirements described in the AP Biology course description manual published by College Board.  
  • 25% of our course is laboratory based.
  • Students will take the College Board AP Biology test in May. 
Throughout the school year, you will cover topics such as: Cellular Biology, Molecular Biology, Evolutionary Biology, Ecology, and Physiology. 
All of these topics are used to cover the four "Big Ideas" of Biology:
  • Big Idea 1 - The process of evolution drives the diversity 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 interactions possess complex properties.
EVOLUTION IS THE FUNDAMENTAL ORGANIZING THEME OF BIOLOGY, AND THE CORE THEME OF THIS COURSE.  
All topics will be tied to evolution throughout the course.

Who should take this course? 
  • If you took Honors Biology and earned an "A" or "B", or CP Biology and earned an "A" AND took CP Chemistry or Honors Chemistry and earned an "A" or "B" you should consider taking this course. 
  • If you are considering a career in a science field, this course would be perfect for you. If you have a strong desire to challenge yourself and design and carryout your own experiments throughout the school year, this is the course for you.
  • You may take this course in conjunction with chemistry, so this course is not closed to students that have not completed chemistry before taking the course.
This course does move at a fast pace, so you must have a strong work ethic to succeed in this course.

If you have questions please feel free to stop by A-26, or e-mail me at moorehead_m@milfordschools.org
 
I look forward to seeing you in AP Biology in the fall,
 
Mrs. Moorehead
 
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