Introduces science majors to topics such as the nature of science, basic chemistry, the origin of life, cell structure and function, reproduction, genetics, population, evolution, energy relationships, and the diversity of animals. Dissection required.
Fall, Spring and Summer, $100 fee, 3 hours lecture and discussion, 3-hour laboratory, 4 credits.
The AP Biology curriculum will be divided into two semester courses studying science as a process, cellular biology, heredity and evolution, evolutionary biology, molecular genetics, diversity of organisms, structure and function of plants and animals and ecology. The purpose of this course is to prepare college-bound students interested in pursuing a degree in a science related field for the rigors of college science curricula. AP Biology is designed to be equivalent to a freshman biology class at the collegiate level. This course will follow the College Boards Advanced Placement guidelines and prepare students for the Advanced Placement exam given annually in May.
Time Allocations: It is assumed that the student will spend at least five hours a week in unsupervised individual study.