AP Biology

Summer Assignment: Come and see me in A26 to pick this up!
If you did not come and see me before the summer started, read this page, print the 2 links at the bottom, and use the Mastering codes to use the online textbook!
  • Your job will be to complete the first three chapters in the textbook, which cover Themes in Biology, Chemistry, & Water. 
  • This material should be mostly review for you. 
  • You will have reading guides to complete as you read the material, Mastering assignments that correlate with each chapter, and a test over this material on the second day back to school. 
  • The goal of the summer assignment is to review foundation material for the course and to introduce you to the level of the content so that you know what you are getting yourself into!
  • I will check email weekly over the summer, so you can always reach out to me if you have questions.
  • See me during the last week of school to pick up your summer assignment and textbook :) 
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.
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
Melody Moorehead,
May 27, 2016, 6:20 AM
Melody Moorehead,
May 27, 2016, 6:21 AM