Advanced Placement Biology
AP Biology is the equivalent of a year-long introductory college biology course. The College Board redesigned the curriculum, and although the amount of material has been reduced the emphasis on scientific thinking and analysis has increased. The new AP Biology curriculum is structured around four “Big Ideas,” with Enduring Understandings and Science Practice Skills that support each one: Evolution, Cellular Processes, Genetics and Information Transfer, and Interactions within Biological Systems. Laboratory work is emphasized. All students must take the Advanced Placement examination in May.