- 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.
- 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.
Students will be actively engaged in learning the following Big Ideas:
- The process of evolution drives the diversity and unity of life.
- Biological systems utilize free energy and molecular building blocks to grow, to reproduce and to maintain dynamic homeostasis.
- Living systems store, retrieve, transmit, and respond to information essential to life processes.
- 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.