AP Biology

The Fine Print

Course Goals

  • The goals of the class are aligned with the concepts the College Board considers most important: 

    • Chemistry of Life

    • Cell Structure and Function

    • Cellular Energetics

    • Cell Communication and Cell Cycle

    • Heredity

    • Gene Expression and Regulation

    • Natural Selection

    • Ecology

  • These units are categorized broadly into 4 “Big Ideas:”

    • Big Idea 1: Evolution | The process of evolution drives the diversity and unity of life.

    • Big Idea 2: Energetics | Biological systems use energy and molecular building blocks to grow, reproduce, and maintain dynamic homeostasis.

    • Big Idea 3: Information Storage and Transmission | Living systems store, receive, transmit, and respond to information essential to life processes.

    • Big Idea 4: Systems Interactions | Biological systems interact, and these systems and their interactions exhibit complex properties.


  • This course will teach the aforementioned concepts and “Big Ideas” in as engaging a way as possible, while instilling underlying scientific practices that prep students for further Biological studies: 

    • Concept Explanation: Explain biological concepts, processes, and models presented  in written format.

    • Visual Representations: Analyze visual representations of biological concepts and processes.

    • Questions and Methods: Determine scientific questions and methods.

    • Representing and Describing Data: Represent and describe data.

    • Statistical Tests and Data Analysis: Perform statistical tests and mathematical calculations to analyze and interpret data.

    • Argumentation: Develop and justify scientific arguments using evidence.


  • In addition, this class infuses the required 25% of course time focused on labs--both hands-on and virtual--and all discussing data and data analysis. 


  • At the end of this course, students should be equipped with the information needed to succeed on the AP Biology exam


  • How do Biology, Honors Biology, and AP Biology compare? See answers to that in our FAQ.

Instructor Demo​

Course Resources

 Text and Interactive Program

 Lab Resources and Supplies

  • Science supplies:

  • Costs will cover:

    • Hands-on science supplies

    • eMind simulations and tutorials

    • McGraw-Hill digital resources

    • eBook of class text 

  • Common lab supplies: A list of supplies that can be purchased at your grocery store will be provided.


Technical Resources

  • We use ZOOM for live classes.

  • A reliable internet connection

  • A computer with a web-cam

  • Recommended: a headset with a microphone (a built-in computer microphone will work if needed)

  • Requested: students who attend classes live are asked to keep their webcams on during class