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Mr. Green - PCHS Biology Instructor

AP Biology Syllabus

Biology I Syllabus
Honors Biology I Syllabus
AP Biology Syllabus
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Advanced Placement Biology is designed to be equivalent to a two semester college introductory biology course. The class is conducted at the college level and students are expected to work accordingly. AP Biology differs significantly from a traditional  high school biology course due to text content, depth of material covered, lab work, and time and effort required to achieve mastery in subject area. This course is designed to be taken by students after successful completion of high school biology (or biology honors) and high school chemistry (or chemistry honors).

Text: Biology, Campbell and Reese 7th ed.  Textbook provided by PCHS.

Labs: You will be required to complete twelve (12) labs set forth by The College Board Advanced Placement Program. You are also required to purchase the A.P. Biology Laboratory Manual, $18.00.  Due to the large amount of time required for laboratory set-up, it is essential that you are always present on lab days. Please be prepared to stay after school occasionally to finish long labs. You will be given advance notice for those days.

Study Guide: (Optional) Taylor, Martha R. Student Study Guide for Biology. 2001 6th ed. The Benjamin/Cummings Publishing Company, Inc.

The A.P. Examination: Exam Information  ____________, 2008 (Morning Session) at 7:30 AM.    The exam is three hours in length and is designed to measure a student's knowledge and understanding of modern biology.  These exams are administered during (or just prior to) "finals week" in the media center at Eau Gallie High School.  The exam consists of an 80-minute 100 item multiple choice section (60% of exam grade), a 10-minute reading period, and a 90-minute free-response section (40% of exam grade) consisting of four mandatory essay questions that encompass broader topics and concepts, one of which is based on one of the twelve labs. On a 5 point scale, a score of 3 or better is passing.

Course Policies:


Students are expected to read required chapters in textbook prior to class discussion.


No late work will be accepted, pay close attention to due dates (always posted online).


If you are absent the day of a test, your make-up will be 100% essay.


Pop-quizzes will be given periodically


Discussion is required


This class requires dedication and an immense amount of study time.  You will get out of this class only what you are willing to contribute!

Major Themes:


Science as a Process




Energy Transfer


Continuity of Change


Relationship of Structure and Function




Interdependence in Nature


Science, Technology, and Society



 *Time frame is an approximation. Revisions may be made do to time fluctuations.

Ch. 1- 5   (3 weeks)

bullet Introduction:  Themes in the Study of Life
bullet  The Chemical Context of Life
bullet  Water and the Fitness of the Environment
bullet Carbon and the Molecular Diversity of Life
bullet The Structure and Function of Macromolecules
bullet UNIT TEST #1: Ch. 1- 5.

Ch. 7 and 8   (2 weeks)

bullet A Tour of the Cell
bullet Membrane Structure and Function  
bullet Laboratory 1:  Diffusion and Osmosis                              
bullet UNIT TEST #2:  Ch. 7-8 AND Laboratory 1.

Ch. 6, 9 and 10 (3 weeks) 

bullet An Introduction to Metabolism
bullet Cellular Respiration: Harvesting Chemical Energy
bullet Photosynthesis
bullet Laboratory 2:  Enzymes          
bullet Laboratory 4:  Plant Pigments and Photosynthesis
bullet Laboratory 5:  Cell Respiration
bullet UNIT TEST #3: Ch. 6,9 and 10 AND Laboratories 2, 4 and 5

Ch. 11-15  (3 weeks)

bullet Cell Communication
bullet The Reproduction of Cells
bullet Meiosis and Sexual Life Cycles
bullet Mendel and the Gene Idea
bullet The Chromosomal Basis of Inheritance
bullet Laboratory 3:  Mitosis and Meiosis
bullet UNIT TEST #4:  Ch. 11-15 AND Laboratory 3

Ch. 16-21 (3 weeks)

bullet The Molecular Basis of Inheritance
bullet From Gene to Protein
bullet Microbial Models: The Genetics of Viruses and Bacteria
bullet Genome Organization and Expression in Eukaryotes
bullet DNA Technology
bullet The Genetic Basis of Development
bullet Laboratory 6:  Molecular Biology
bullet UNIT TEST # 5 Ch. 16-21 AND Laboratory 6




Ch.  22-28,31 (4 weeks) 

bullet Descent with Modification: A Darwinian View of Life
bullet The Evolution of Populations      
bullet The Origin of Species
bullet Tracing Phylogeny: Macroevolution, the Fossil Record, and Systematics
bullet Early Earth and the Origin of Life
bullet Prokaryotes and the Origins of Metabolic Diversity
bullet The Origins of Eukaryotic Diversity (545-554)
bullet Fungi (616-619, 629-631)
bullet Laboratory 8:  Population Genetics and Evolution
bullet Laboratory 7:  Genetics of Organisms
bullet UNIT TEST #6 Ch. 22-28, 31, Laboratories 7 and 8

Ch.  29-30, 35-39 (4 weeks)

bullet Plant Diversity I: The Colonization of Land
bullet Plant Diversity II:  The Evolution of the Seed Plant
bullet Plant Structure and Growth
bullet Transport in Plants
bullet Plant Nutrition
bullet Plant Reproduction and Development    
bullet Control Systems in Plants
bullet Laboratory 9:  Transpiration
bullet UNIT TEST #7: Ch. 29-30, 35-39, Laboratory 9

Ch. 32-34, 40-49 (4 weeks)

bullet Introduction to Animal Evolution
bullet Invertebrates
bullet Vertebrate Evolution and Diversity
bullet An Introduction to Animal Structure and Function
bullet Animal Nutrition
bullet Circulation and Gas Exchange
bullet The Body's Defenses
bullet Controlling the Internal Environment
bullet Chemical Signals in Animals
bullet Animal Reproduction         
bullet Animal Development
bullet Nervous Systems
bullet Sensory and Motor Mechanisms
bullet Laboratory 10:  Physiology of the Circulatory System
bullet UNIT TEST #8: Ch. 32-34, 40-49 and Laboratory 10

Ch. 50-55  (2 - 3 weeks)

bullet An Introduction to Ecology and the Biosphere
bullet Behavioral Biology
bullet Population Ecology
bullet Community Ecology
bullet Ecosystems
bullet Conservation Biology       
bullet Laboratory 11:  Animal Behavior


AP EXAMINATION: TBA                  

FINAL EXAM/LAB: UNIT TEST #9: Ch. 50 - 55 and Laboratory 11 & 12 (Turn in lab manual for grade).

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Syllabus borrowed from K. King

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