Grade: 11-12 Credit: 1/ year
Prerequisite: “B” or better in Biology
Description: AP Biology is equivalent to a two-semester introductory college biology course taken by student majoring in a biological science. AP Biology differs from regular high school biology through the use of a college-level text, a greater range and depth of topics covered, a faster pace of instruction, more sophisticated lab work, and more time and effort required of students in order to succeed in the course. This course has been authorized by the College Board as meeting the requirements for AP Biology.
Students who are genuinely interested in pursuing a career in the biological sciences or medical fields are especially advised to take AP Biology in high school. AP Biology provides students a significant advantage in college by allowing them to acquire the foundation in concepts and skills prerequisite to many college biological science courses. The ability to succeed in AP Biology gives students’confidence and a knowledge base to be successful in future science classes.
The content and work load of this course will reflect that of a college course as well as prepare students for the AP Biology Exam. There is a cost to take the AP exam and a student’s score may earn college credit. The minimum score needed for credit varies from college to college.