Grades: 10, 11, 12, PG
Prerequisites: One year of Honors Biology with a minimum average of B+ for the year, B+ average in student’s chemistry course and B+ grades in the student’s other courses OR one year of Biology with a minimum average of A and A grades in all other courses. Freshmen with no grades in any course below an A in any term may enroll in AP Biology as a sophomore.
This course, which prepares for the Advanced Placement Examination, focuses on three main areas of contemporary biology: molecules and cells, heredity and evolution, and organisms and populations. While it entails mastery of a great deal of detail, at the same time it concentrates on major themes applicable throughout the curriculum: energy transfer; continuity and change; regulation; interdependence; relationship of structure to function; evolution; science as a process; science, technology and society. Throughout the course emphasis is placed on the important point that, despite their many differences and ways of life, organisms must be adapted to carry out similar functions and that there is unity within the great diversity of life.
Note: Students taking this course are required to take the AP Biology exam. The AP Biology curriculum does not contain any Anatomy and Physiology.