Advanced Placement Biology is a course designed much like a college freshman biology course. It is set up to provide a student with a college level introduction to biology. The course is designed to meet the needs of the following students:
- The science oriented student who wants to increase his/her skills and/or get advanced placement in college.
- The non-science oriented or intellectually curious student who desires to strengthen science skills to prepare for college
AP Biology includes those topics regularly covered in a college biology course. The college course in biology differs significantly from the usual first high school course in biology with respect to the kind of textbook used, the range and depth of topics covered, the kind of laboratory work done by the students, and the time and effort required of students. Therefore, the textbook used for AP Biology is a college level textbook. The kind of labs done in AP Biology is equivalent of those done by college students.
Biology, 10th edition for AP Biology by Campbell and Reece. Students will need to get a textbook during regular textbook collection times. Students will also be given instructions on how to access the textbook and assignments online.
All Laboratory investigations are student conducted. Most of the labs are wet labs that involve the students collecting and analyzing data. In addition, biotechnology is incorporated into the laboratory curriculum. Some of the labs use computers and probe ware to collect data and students will also use computer simulations for certain lab activities. Students will be required to do some formal lab write-ups.
- Tests = 50%
- Labs = 20%
- Quizzes = 20%
- Daily = 10%
- Homework assignments include chapter outlines, assessment worksheets on readings, and quizzes. Tests are given periodically to monitor student performance.
- The tests will include multiple choice, short answer, and essay.
- Students are required to complete full lab write-ups for many of the labs designated by the AP College Board. These reports are tedious and prepare the students for colligate level writing.
- Work without a name will be discarded after 1 week.
- Work not completed by the due date will be accepted for a late grade up until the assessment for that unit or the end of a grading period, whichever occurs first.
- A grace period equal to the number of days misses, plus one, is allowed for make-up work due to absences. Work due the day of an absence should be turned in the day the student returns. Tests and quizzes missed should be made up as soon as possible.
- Cheating will not be tolerated and will result in a zero on the assignment along with a discipline referral.
3 ring binder notebook, pens, pencils, colored pencils, highlighters and a four function calculator, roll of paper towels, box of kleenex