AP Biology Syllabus

Overview: AP Biology covers the same material as a normal Biology course, but at a much greater depth.  This course is meant to be the equivilant of a year of Freshamn Biology at a University, meaning that it is conducted at a college level; therefore, those enrolled are expected to act and perform accordingly.  The prerequisites for AP Bio are Biology and Chemistry, as it essential that you have a working knowledge of their concepts.

Themes:  AP Biology is based on 8 overarching concepts and themes, which are recurring throughout the course:

  1. Science as a Process
  2. Evolution
  3. Energy Transfer
  4. Continuity of Change
  5. Relationship of Structure to Function
  6. Regulation
  7. Interdependence in Nature
  8. Science, Technology, and Society


Textbook: Campell and Reece.  Biology, 8th Ed. (AP Edition). 2008. (additional resources are linked to this site on the "Resources" page)


  • Attendance is vital to your success in this course.  All make-up work must be completed in a timely fashion.
  • Readings MUST be completed before class discussions and labs.
  • Class participation is a large percentage of your grade: you are expected to take part in ALL labs and class discussions.
  • Ask questions!  It is better to resolve problems BEFORE an assignment is due or a test is given.  I stay after school to help students, or you can always e-mail me with questions and concerns.
  • You will only get as much out of this course as you put in: if you spend an adequate amount of time studying and participating in and out of class, there is no reason you should not succeed in this class.
  • Take the test!  Not only can you earn college credit if you do well, you can get a better idea of what will be expected of you from college courses you will take in the future.