The two main goals of AP Biology are to help students develop a conceptual framework for modern biology and to help students gain an appreciation of science as a process. The ongoing information explosion in biology makes these goals even more challenging. Students are encouraged to focus on understanding important relationships, processes, mechanisms, and potential extensions and applications of concepts.
About 20% of the coursework includes laboratory exercises. Some of these labs will be done in class over a 1-3 day period whereas others may be done using virtual simulations online.
Homework (reading assignments, annotations, videos) = 15%
Participation (forums, social networks, class discussions) 10%
Investigations (labs,case studies, virtual labs) = 25%
Exams = 50%
The current format of this class uses a partial "flipped" model, where much of the content is viewed on your own time. Each unit will have a series of lectures, online videos, labs, and reading assignments. Discussions will occur in class and online.