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AP Biology
CareerTech AP Biology is designed to be the equivalent of a first year Biology post-secondary course. The range and depth of knowledge of the content area, type of labs, and time expenditure is elevated and extensive. Students will develop a conceptual framework for biology and an appreciation of science as a process. The course follows Collegeboard's outlline and covers eight major themes. They are: Science as a Process, Evolution, Energy Transfer, Continuity and Change, Relationship of Structure to Function, Regulation, Interdependence in Nature, Science, Technology, and Society. Labs play an integral part of this course and there are twelve lab topics that will be covered. They will provide the student with an opportunity to learn a variety of skills and facts, principles, and concepts of biology. Lab investigations will encourage higher-order thinking, generating ideas, and formulating hypotheses. All students are expected to take the AP Exam upon completion of this course.
Tina Fugate
Becki Foster
Biology I
Chemistry is highly recommended or may be currently enrolled
Molecules and Cells

Chemistry of Life

Water, Organic molecules in organisms, free energy changes, enzymes


Prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, membranes, subcellular organization, cell cycle and

its regulation

Cellular Energetics

Coupled reactions, fermentation and cellular respiration, photosynthesis

Heredity and Evolution


Meiosis and gametogenesis, eukaryotic chromosomes, inheritance patterns

Molecular Genetics

RNA and DNA structure and function, gene regulation, mutation,viral structure and

replication, nucleic acid technology and applications

Evolutionary Biology

Early evolution of life, evidence for evolution, mechanisms of evolution

Organisms and Populations

Diversity of Organisms

Evolutionary patterns, survey of the diversity of life, phylogenetic classification,

evolutionary relationships

Structure and Function of Plants and Animals

Reproduction, growth, and development, structural, physiological, and behavioral

adaptations, response to the environment


Population dynamics, communities and ecosystems, global issues

Suggested Lab Topics

-Diffusion and Osmosis
-Enzyme Catalysis
-Mitosis and Meiosis
-Plant Pigments and Photosynthesis
-Cell Respiration
-Molecular Biology
-Genetics of Organisms
-Population Genetics and Evolution
-Physiology of the Circulatory System
-Animal Behavior
-Dissolved Oxygen and Aquatic Primary Productivity

National Science Standards (5th ed). (1998). National Research Council, Washington, D.C., National Academy of Sciences

Oklahoma Priority Academic Student Skills (2003). Oklahoma State Department of Education-PASS-{ }

All AP Courses undergo an AP Course Audit through College Board. Please refer to their website for further information.

Additional textbooks other than those listed below may be appropriate for the AP Biology course. However, schools should make every effort to acquire textbooks no older than eight years old for use in this course.

Audesirk, Gerald, Bruce E. Byers, and Teresa Audesirk. Biology: Life on Earth. Upper Saddle
River, NJ: Prentice Hall.

Campbell, Neil A., and Jane B. Reece. Biology. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.

Freeman, Scott. Biological Science. Boston: Prentice Hall.

Mader, Sylvia S. Biology. Blacklick, OH: McGraw-Hill.

Purves, William K., et al. Life: The Science of Biology. Cranbury, NJ: Sinauer Associates, Inc.

Raven, Peter H., George B. Johnson, Susan Singer, and Jonathan Losos. Biology. Blacklick,
OH: McGraw-Hill.

Solomon, Eldra, Linda Berg, and Diana W. Martin. Biology. Independence, KY: Brooks/Cole
Thomson Learning.

Starr, Cecie, and Ralph Taggart. Biology: The Unity and Diversity of Life. Independence, KY:
Brooks/Cole Thomson Learning.

Tobin, Allan J., and Jennie Dusheck. Asking About Life. Independence, KY: Brooks/Cole
Thomson Learning.

Career Majors That Sequence This Course
Career Cluster Pathway Career Major
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