AP Biology

You haven't lived until you've studied biology. Takeaway benefits: Learn and practice scientific habits of mind while investigating the most complex natural systems in the Universe (including yourself).

What are the major projects you will complete in this course?

Multiple lab experiences and projects wherein students address questions of their own asking, and learn the tools that Biologists use to get those answers. These experiences span all major domains of the study of living things, from evolution through genetics and into the interactions among organisms.

Advanced Placement exam is available for this course.

Advanced Placement (AP) exams are available for this course. For more information on Advanced Placement, click here

Course Details

David Knuffke

"You should take this course if you are fascinated with the wonder of living things, and want to learn how they are studied by Biologists. This is a great, rewarding, and challenging course, designed for all of the future biologists and biology-lovers of the world. "

AP Biology

ID: 44027 Grade: 11-12 Length: Year
Credit: Life Science
Prerequisite: Semester I grade of B or higher in Biology or Accelerated Biology, plus a Semester I grade of B+ or higher in Chemistry or B or higher in Accelerated Chemistry.
Note: This course has a grade point weighting of 0.5.

AP Biology is designed for students who are interested in higher studies in biological sciences, engineering, medicine, or related disciplines. This course will examine the four big biological ideas of Evolution, Energy, Information, and Interaction by looking at topics such as molecular and cellular biology, physiology of plants and animals, heredity, ecology, and evolution. While biological knowledge and concepts will be taught, students will approach the material from the perspective of science practices such as modeling, mathematical analysis, scientific questioning, experimental design and execution, data analysis and evaluation, and conceptual connections. Biological concepts will be examined through laboratory exercises that focus on inquiry and investigation. Throughout this course students will improve their capacities for problem solving and critical thinking, preparing them for further study in the biological sciences. Students will be prepared for and strongly encouraged to sit for the AP exam in May.

What Our Students Say


Taking AP Biology has been one of the best decisions I have made this year. I enjoy going to class every day with my friends and learning biology. Students should sign up for this course because it helps them understand everything around them and appreciate it. The best tip for doing well and enjoying AP Biology is never to be scared to ask a question because, in the end, they help everyone.”

Harrison Green,
Class of 2021

Results that Matter


Advanced Placement (AP) courses and exams


of 3's, 4's, and 5's received in AP exams in 2018


Advanced Topics (AT) courses


of the Class of 2018 graduates were awarded cum laude commendations

What Our Alumni Say


For anyone who is interested in science, or who might be thinking about studying it in college, I highly recommend AP Biology as it provides a strong foundation and a taste of what higher-level science courses could cover. It helped with the transition from high school to university as I was able to recognize and understand familiar topics in my classes which helped me feel more comfortable with my degree. One piece of advice would be to attend any review sessions the teachers hold throughout the year. They’re a great way to study for the tests and get answers to your questions directly.

Hannah Curley, Class of 2018