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High School AP Biology

Pre Requisites

Biology I, Chemistry I, Algebra I

Description

This course is designed to provide a college-level experience and prepare students for the AP exam in early May. Students will develop a foundation for understanding biological concepts through scientific inquiry, investigations, interactive experiences, higher-order thinking, real-world applications, writing analytical essays, statistical analysis, interpreting and collecting data.AP Biology 'big ideas' include system interactions, evolution, energetics, information storage, and transmission. Students will participate in a variety of engaging activities that enhance their mastery of biology concepts. This course fulfills one required science credit for high school graduation.Prerequisite: Biology I, Chemistry I and Algebra I recommended.

Segment 1

Module 01—Chemistry of Life

  • Hydrogen Bonding
  • Properties of Water
  • Elements of Life
  • Biological Macromolecules
  • Structure and Function of Macromolecules

Module 02—Cell Structure and Function

  • Cell Structure and Function
  • Cell Size
  • Membrane Transport
  • Facilitated Diffusion
  • Tonicity and Osmoregulation
  • Mechanism of Transport
  • Cell Compartmentalization

Module 03—Cell Energetics

  • Enzymes
  • Environmental Impacts on Enzymes
  • Cellular Energy
  • Energy Transfer
  • Photosynthesis
  • Cellular Respiration
  • Fitness

Segment 2

Module 04—Cell Communication and Cell Cycle

  • Cell Communication
  • Signal Transduction
  • Changes to Signal Transduction
  • Feedback
  • Cell Cycle
  • Regulation of Cell Cycle

Module 05—Heredity

  • Meiosis
  • Meiosis and Genetic Diversity
  • Mendelian Genetics
  • Non-Mendelian Genetics
  • Environmental Effects on Phenotype
  • Chromosomal Inheritance 

Module 06—Gene Expression and Regulation

  • DNA and RNA Structure
  • Replication
  • Transcription and RNA Processing
  • Translation
  • Regulation of Gene Expression
  • Gene Expression and Cell Specialization 
  • Mutations
  • Biotechnology

Module 07—Natural Selection

  • Natural Selection
  • Artificial Selection
  • Population Genetics
  • Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium
  • Phylogeny
  • Speciation and Extinction
  • Variation in Populations
  • Origins of Life

Module 08—Ecology

  • Responses to the Environment
  • Energy Flow Through Ecosystems
  • Population Ecology
  • Effects of Density of Populations
  • Community Ecology 
  • Biodiversity
  • Disruptions of Ecosystems 

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