What is AP Biology?


AP Biology is a course that is similar to a college freshman Biology course for Biology majors. You should have successfully completed and intro biology before this course. Chemistry is highly suggested as well.

This course is extremely fast-paced and requires a great deal of self-discipline to be successful. There is a heavy emphasis on science as inquiry and discovery; thus, a great deal of time is spent designing and performing laboratory investigations.

Our course is framed around four "Big Ideas" in Biology, as well as a set of Science Practices. They are:
Big Idea 1: The process of evolution drives the diversity and unity 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.
Science Practice 1: You will use representations and models to communicate scientific phenomena and solve scientific problems.
  • The student can create representations and models of natural or man-made phenomena and systems in the domain.
  • The student can describe representations and models of natural or man-made phenomena and systems in the domain.
  • The student can refine representations and models of natural or man-made phenomena and systems in the domain.
  • The student can use representations and models to analyze situations or solve problems qualitatively and quantitatively.
  • The student can re-express key elements of natural phenomena across multiple representations in the domain.
Bozeman - Models and Representations

Science Practice 2: You will use mathematics appropriately.
  • The student can justify the selection of a mathematical routine to solve problems.
  • The student can apply mathematical routines to quantities that describe natural phenomena.
  • The student can estimate numerically quantities that describe natural phenomena.
Bozeman - Using Mathematics

Science Practice 3: You will engage in scientific questioning to extend thinking or to guide investigations within the context of our course.
  • The student can pose scientific questions.
  • The student can refine scientific questions.
  • The student can evaluate scientific questions.
Bozeman - Scientific Questioning

Science Practice 4: You will plan and implement data collection strategies appropriate to a particular scientific question.
  • The student can justify the selection of the kind of data needed to answer a particular scientific question.
  • The student can design a plan for collecting data to answer a particular scientific question.
  • The student can collect data to answer a particular scientific question.
  • The student can evaluate sources of data to answer a particular scientific question.
Bozeman - Data Collection

Science Practice 5: You will perform data analysis and evaluate evidence.
  • The student can analyze data to identify patterns or relationships.
  • The student can refine observations and measurements based on data analysis.
  • The student can evaluate the evidence provided by data sets in relation to a particular scientific question.
Bozeman - Analysis and Evaluation of Data

Science Practice 6: You will work with scientific explanations and theories.
  • The student can justify claims with evidence.
  • The student can construct explanations of phenomena based on evidence produced through scientific practices.
  • The student can articulate the reasons that scientific explanations and theories are refined or replaced.
  • The student can make claims and predictions about natural phenomena based on scientific theories and models.
  • The student can evaluate alternative scientific explanations.
Bozeman - Scientific Explanations and Theory

Science Practice 7: You will connect and relate knowledge across various scales, concepts, and representations in and across domains.
  • The student can connect phenomena and models across spatial and temporal scales.
  • The student can connect concepts in and across domain(s) to generalize or extrapolate in and/or across enduring understandings and/or big ideas.
Bozeman - Scales, Concepts and Representations

Bozeman has a great intro video. Get used to him; you will be spending a lot of time with him!





Modified from the Biology Space.