AP Biology

Course Content

Please access the AP Biology Canvas Course for syllabus, assignments, and other important class resources.

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Course Overview: The purpose of AP Biology is to provide students with a broad overview of biological topics similar to what they would receive in the first two college introductory biology courses with lab.  Topics covered in this course will include the chemistry of living cells, cell structure, genetics, evolution, plants and animal structure and physiology, biodiversity, and ecology.  Below you will find an overview of the order in which topics will be addressed.  The goals of the course will be to prepare students for success on the AP Exam and to be successful in future college biology courses.  All of the topics in this course will center around the Four Big Ideas outlined in the AP Biology Course Framework and will show the interconnectedness of these ideas to one another.  In addition, the course will also provide students an opportunity to utilize the Seven Scientific Practices listed. Both the Four Big Ideas and the Seven Scientific Practices are listed below.

Big Ideas

  • 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

Scientific Practices

  1. The student can use representations and models to communicate scientific phenomena and solve scientific problems.
  2. The student can use mathematics appropriately.
  3. The student can engage in scientific questioning to extend thinking or to guide investigations within the context of the AP course.
  4. The student can plan and implement data collection strategies appropriate to a particular scientific question.
  5. The student can perform data analysis and evaluation of evidence.
  6. The student can work with scientific explanations and theories.
  7. The student is able to connect and relate knowledge across various scales, concepts and representations in and across domains.
Mickey MacDonald Email: mmacdonald@pky.ufl.edu Phone: 352.339.1428 (cell)