Fee: $40

Learning Recommendations:

  • Successful completion of Biology with a grade of B or better is highly encouraged.
  • Successful completion of Chemistry with a grade of B or better is highly encouraged
  • Proficient in the use of computer software for word processing and spreadsheets.
  • Reading content and amount is geared to a college level course.
  • Writing expectations are at a college level.
  • A considerable time commitment is expected outside of the school day.

General Description:

  • This is a college level Biochemistry course which builds on concepts found in Biology and Chemistry.
  • Students will be studying the same text that is used at many major colleges and universities, and will be working at a rigorous pace to cover the material and prepare for the Advanced Placement Examination in May. Upon successful completion of the exam, students may receive college credit.
  • Using the textbook, the internet, Cliff’s AP Biology reviews (purchased by student from a local or online bookstore), textbook website resources, laboratory exercises, class discussions, and projects.
  • Class will cover an extensive amount of content in order to give a complete understanding of the field of biology.
  • Students will be studying about 10 hours a week outside of class in order to be successful.
  • Due to the volume and level of the material, this course is designed to challenge extremely motivated students who have a strong interest in the Biological Sciences.
  • This course fulfills (1) college prep science requirement, as outlined by the Washington Student Achievement Council Washington (formerly HEC Board), as a lab-based science course.

Content:

Students will be actively engaged in learning the following Big Ideas:

  1. The process of evolution drives the diversity and unity of life.
  2. Biological systems utilize free energy and molecular building blocks to grow, to reproduce and to maintain dynamic homeostasis.
  3. Living systems store, retrieve, transmit, and respond to information essential to life processes.
  4. Biological systems interact, and these systems and their interactions possess complex properties.

Students will be actively engaged in learning and experiencing the following content:

  • Molecules & Cells (25%): Biochemistry, Cells, Energy Transformations
  • Genetics & Evolution (25%): Molecular Genetics, Heredity, Evolution
  • Organisms and Populations (50%): Taxonomy/Systematics, Plants, Animals, Ecology

Skills Taught in this Course:

  • Extended inquiry based laboratory work with emphasis on analysis of data
  • Extended problem solving and critical thinking strategies
  • Use of sophisticated equipment and probe ware to investigate biology phenomena
  • Data analysis and graphing techniques
  • Communication through scientific writing

Strategies: Students will be learning through the combination of:

  • Lecture & discussion
  • Self-designed and prescribed laboratory investigations
  • Problem solving and critical thinking exercises
  • Multimedia offerings (Computer simulations, video features)
  • Demonstrations (Student or teacher directed)
  • Student projects
  • Cooperative learning

Equipment to be provided by student: Notebook, set of colored pencils, bound Composition book for labs, Cliff’s AP Biology Manual or similar review material.