Instructor: Ms. Jo-Leigh MacPhee (CKRHS)
College Board Course Description
AP Biology is designed to offer students a solid foundation in introductory university-level biology. In this course, you will be held to high expectations and mature responsibilities just like a university freshman taking Introductory Biology. This course prepares students for the AP Biology exam in addition to the rigors of balancing demands placed on you academically and socially.
What we know today about biology is a result of inquiry. Science is a way of knowing. Therefore, the process of inquiry in science and developing critical thinking skills is the most important part of this course. This course will emphasize how scientists use their observations and readings to ask questions that can lead to new experiments. These experiments build on the work of others and eventually lead to additional evidence on different topics. This investigative process will be used throughout this AP Biology course. It is important for students to become excited with discovery as they ask and answer their own questions about natural/biological phenomena that they see, read about, or experience in the laboratory and field. It is also important that students connect new concepts with what they know, helping them build a solid framework of biological knowledge and scientific know-how. This will help students enter the future, prepared for whatever lies ahead of them.
In order to achieve all of this, the course is been developed around the AP Biology Curriculum Framework that focuses on the major concepts in biology and their connections. The Curriculum Framework provides a basis for students to develop a deep conceptual understanding as well as opportunities to integrate biological knowledge and the science practices through inquiry-based activities and laboratory investigations.
The course has been set to cover the following biological ideas:
-Metabolic Pathways (cellular respiration and photosynthesis)
-Cell communication and cell cycles
-Systems (Immune, endocrine, & nervous)