AP Biology Course Syllabus
In teaching AP Biology I find that I am working towards helping students understand
more completely the complex world around us and how we influence this world.
want students to love biology as much as I do.
Teaching biology allows me to guide
and direct my students as they prepare for college.
I believe that all students should be
being critical thinkers and life long learners.
being responsible for their actions, ideas and for their knowledge.
being aware of how advances in science apply to their lives
In doing this, the course is conformed to the three main topics of the AP Biology course.
These topics are covered through class lectures, labs, and projects that students are
required to complete. The three main topics are part and parcel of the course, allowing
for specific topics and information to be covered and understood.
Cells and molecules
Heredity and Evolution
Organisms and Populations
In addition, I integrate the 8 themes of the AP Course throughout the curriculum. These
themes allow students to receive a “Big Picture” sort of view of the course and a
purpose for studying Biology. I try to teach biology in a thematic method, beginning at
the molecular level and following the process up to the organismal and ecological
For example, when studying membrane, we look at the molecular makeup of
cellular membranes, the cellular processes of osmosis and how membranes influence
cellular processes, and then how it is used in a variety of organisms, such as single cell
Each topic incorporates all 8 of the following themes:
Science as Process
Continuity and change
Relationship of Structure to Function
Interdependence in Nature
Science, Technology and Society
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Senior Biology 2 Student Resource and Activity Manual.