AP/Honors Biology builds on concepts of matter acquired in junior high or basic chemistry, covering more advanced concepts in organic chemistry, the structure and components of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, cellular respiration and photosynthesis, genetics and heredity, evolution and speciation, comparative anatomy with an emphasis on human anatomy and physiology, plant structure, growth, and reproduction, and ecology.
REQUIRED LAB WORK: Students who complete at least 12 labs and satisfactorily complete all other work may receive honors credit for the course. Students who complete 20 lab exercises, 10 of which must be AP level labs, and satisfactorily complete all other work will receive AP credit.
This course has been updated and is certified by the College Board as meeting or exceeding all syllabus requirements, including lab work, for AP Biology. Students completing this course satisfactorily will be prepared to take the SAT II and AP Biology examinations.
This course is taught using the Scholars Online Chat software, which allows the teacher to embed graphics, mathematical equations, and movies in the chat session, with complete logging available for the entire year. Audio software is not used to allow students with limited internet access to participate fully, and to encourage precise thinking and writing skills.