AP Biology
This course is designed for students that are interested in pursuing a college-level study in biology while still in high school. This is a rigorous course and should only be taken by serious students that have the time, energy, and desire to learn that this class requires. This class must be a priority. There is a tremendous amount of reading and study time required for this course, and a time strapped student may struggle with this class. A MINIMUM of 30 minutes daily study time outside of school is required to succeed in this class. Students are expected to be responsible, self-directed, and motivated. If you are not willing or able to put in time every day to review the massive amount of material we cover, you should reconsider enrolling in this course.


Below you will find the syllabus and other useful documents for the year.

Periodic Table

Course Outline

AP Biology Scope and Sequence (2015-2016)

1: Biochemistry
2, 3, 4, 5
*Hydrogen Bonding, *Macromolecules

2: Cells
6, 7
Cell Size, *Diffusion/Osmosis

3: Energy
8, 9, 10
*Cell Respiration, *Leaf Disk, Chromatography, *Enzymes

4: Mitosis/Meiosis
11, 12, 13
*Root Tip, Sordaria

5: Genetics
*Transformation, Gel, Chi Square, Electrophoresis, Fruit Flies

6: Ecology
Energy Dynamics

7: Evolution
Hardy-Weinberg, BLAST

8: Plants
29-31, 35-39
*Transpiration, Flower Dissection

9: Animals

10: Physiology
*Animal Behavior, *Human Physiology, Dissolved Oxygen

*This lab will require a formal, typed lab report.

Break Assignments

Summer of 2016:

Thanksgiving Break:
1. Read Chapter 20 in the textbook "DNA Technology and Genomics."
2. Complete the Chapter 20 Mastering Biology Assignment by Sunday night of Thanksgiving Break.
3. Complete the virtual lab linked below
HHMI Bacterial Identification Lab
As you do the lab, look at the questions in the worksheet on the right hand side (I will use them on the quiz).
4. Be prepared for a quiz on the above material on the day we return from break.

Winter Break:
You will be reading the Ecology Chapters, completing the reading guides below, and preparing for an Ecology test after break.

Spring Break:
An Illustrated Tour of Life on Earth:

Chapters 26, 27, and 28 may help you with the spring break assignment, as will these videos:
The Three Domains of Life
Classification of Life - Bozeman
Protists - Bozeman
Bacteria - Bozeman
Archaea - Bozeman
Khan - Taxonomy and the tree of life

I imagine your project will look like a smaller version of this:

tree of life.jpg



For each chapter of each unit, a student who wishes to earn an A and a passing score on the AP exam should do the following.
1. Read the Chapter
2. Complete the online reading assignment for the Chapter on Pearson Mastering Biology
3. Watch the videos linked for the Chapter
4. Come to class and take notes on the Powerpoint for that Chapter
5. Complete all labs, quizzes, and in-class activities, review for and pass the unit exam (10 units total).

We will do Chapter 2, as an example, together in class during the first week of school.

Notebooks should include daily warm-ups and notes on every Power Point we go over in class. Notebook checks will be random and unannounced. Have your notebooks up to date every class period.

Unit 1: Biochemistry

Unit Schedule:

Chapter 2

Acids, Bases, and pH, Bozeman
Atoms and the Periodic Table, Bozeman
Elements and Atoms, Khan Academy

Chapter 3

Water and Life, Bozeman
Water, Liquid Awesome

Chapter 4

The Molecules of Life, Bozeman

Chapter 5

Biological Molecules, You are What you Eat (Khan Academy)
Carbohydrates, Bozeman
Lipids, Bozeman
Proteins, Bozeman
Nucleic Acids, Bozeman

Labs and Handouts:

Unit 1 Test Review Materials:

Unit 2: Cells

Chapter 6

A Tour of the Cell, Bozeman
Cellular Organelles, Bozeman
Nucleus, Khan Academy
ER and Golgi, Khan Academy
Organelles, Khan Academy

Harvard BioVisions: Inside the Living Cell

Chapter 7

The Cell Membrane, Bozeman
Transport Across Cell Membranes, Bozeman
Diffusion and Osmosis, Khan


Diffusion and Osmosis Lab, Bozeman
Water Potential, Bozeman

Review Materials:

Unit 3: Cell Energy

Chapter 8

Enzymes, Bozeman
ATP, Bozeman
Enzymes, Khan Academy
ATP, Khan
ATP Hydrolysis, Khan

Chapter 9: Cellular Respiration

What you should already know:

New AP level material:

Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration, Bozeman
Cellular Respiration, Bozeman
Anaerobic Respiration, Bozeman
Cell Respiration, Khan
Note: I recommend you watch the whole series on Cell Respiration, starting with this one and finishing up the topic. This is a difficult and complicated concept!

Chapter 10: Photosynthesis

What you should already know:

New AP level material:

Photosynthesis, Bozeman
Photosynthesis, Khan
Note: I recommend you watch the whole series on Photosynthesis, starting with this one and finishing up the topic. This is a difficult and complicated concept!



Cell Respiration:
Cell Respiration Lab, Bozeman


Chromatography (we don't always do this one)

Leaf Disk:

Photosynthesis Lab, Bozeman
Leaf Disk Lab, Bozeman

Review Material:

Unit 4: Mitosis/Meiosis

Chapter 11

Cell Communication, Bozeman
Signal Transduction Pathways, Bozeman
G Protein Coupled Receptors, Khan Academy

Chapter 12

Mitosis, Bozeman
Phases of Mitosis, Bozeman
Interphase, Khan
Mitosis, Khan
Stem Cells, Khan
Cancer, Khan

Chapter 13

Cell Cycle, Mitosis and Meiosis, Bozeman
Meiosis, Bozeman
Phases of Meiosis
Diploid vs. Haploid, Bozeman
Meiosis, Khan
Crossing Over, Khan
Meiosis I, Khan
Meiosis II, Khan



Mitosis and Meiosis Simulation, Bozeman

Review Material:

Unit 5: Genetics/DNA

Unit Outline:

Chapter 14

Punnett Squares, Bozeman
Mendelian Genetics, Bozeman
Genotypes and Phenotypes
Probability, Bozeman
Genetics, Bozeman
Advanced Genetics, Bozeman
Linked Genes, Bozeman
Heredity, Khan
Punnett Squares, Khan

Chapter 15

Linked Genes, Bozeman
Genetic Recombination and Gene Mapping
Chromosomal Genetics, Bozeman
Sex Linked Traits, Khan
Alleles and Genes, Khan

Chapter 16

HHMI DNA replication, basic
HHMI DNA Replication, Advanced
DNA, Khan
DNA, Bozeman
DNA Replication, Bozeman
DNA and RNA, part 1, Bozeman
DNA and RNA, part 2, Bozeman

Chapter 17

Transcription and Translation, Bozeman
The Central Dogma, Bozeman
Transcription, HHMI
Translation, HHMI
Transcription and Translation, Khan
Mutations, Bozeman

Chapter 18

Genetics Article:

SNOT form:

Operons, Bozeman
Gene Regulation, Bozeman
Signal Transmission and Gene Expression, Bozeman
Signal Transduction Pathways, Bozeman

Chapter 19

Bacteria, Bozeman
Viruses, Bozeman
Viral Reproduction
Operons, Bozeman

Review Material:

pGlo lab:

Unit 6: Ecology

Review Materials:

Link to 10 Bozeman Ecology Videos
Link to the Khan Academy Ecology videos

Unit 7: Evolution


Chapter 22

Natural Selection, Bozeman
Examples of Natural Selection - Bozeman
Evidence for Evolution

Chapter 23

Evolution and Natural Selection Playlist - Khan Academy
Genetic Drift, Bozeman
Hardy Weinberg Equation, Bozeman
Solving Hardy Weinberg, Bozeman
Hardy Weinberg - Khan Academy

Chapter 24

Speciation - Bozeman
Speciation and Extinction - Bozeman

Chapter 25

Human Evolution - Khan Academy
NOVA - Evolution in Action
Evolution continues - Bozeman

Chapter 26

Phylogenetics - Bozeman
Taxonomy - Khan Academy
Cladograms - Bozeman


Evolution Lab - Bozeman

Review Material

Unit 8: Plants

The Phyte Song

Plant Outline:

Chapter 29

Note: we are skipping the slides that are "hidden" or have an X through the number

Bozeman - Plants
Non Vascular Plants - Khan Academy

Chapter 30

"The First Flower" PBS
Vascular Plants - Khan Academy

Chapter 31

Crash Course Fungi

Fungi - Khan Academy

Fungi - Bozeman

Chapter 35

Bozeman - Plant Structure

Chapter 36

Skip the "hidden slides"

Crash Course Biology Plant Playlist

Plant Nutrition and Transport - Bozeman

Chapter 37 and 38
Skip the "hidden slides" unless of course, you love plants

Crash Course Plant Reproduction
Khan Academy - Plant Reproduction

Chapter 39

"What Plants Talk About" -Nature
Plant Control - Bozeman


Review Materials

Transpiration Lab - Bozeman

Unit 9: Animals

Chapter 32

Bozeman - Characteristics of Life
Khan - Simple Animals
Crash Course - Animals

Chapter 33

Bozeman - Biodiversity
Khan - Complex Animals
Crash Course - Taxonomy
Crash Course - Simple Animals
Crash Course - Simple Animals part 2

Chapter 34

Bozeman - Animals
Khan - Chordates
Crash Course - Chordates

Unit 10: Physiology

Chapter 40

Bozeman - Homeostasis
Positive and Negative Feedback Loops
Response to External Environments
Mechanisms of Timing and Control

Chapter 41

Bozeman - Organ Systems
Bozeman - The Digestive System
Khan - Digestive System

Crash Course - Digestion

Chapter 42

Bozeman - The Respiratory System
Khan - Meet the Lungs

Crash Course Respiration #1
Crash Course Circulatory

Blood flow songs:

Pumps your blood - lyrics
Pumps your blood - Happy days

Chapter 43

Bozeman - The Immune System
Khan Academy - 11 videos on the immune system

Crash Course Immune #1
Crash Course Immune #2

Chapter 44

Bozeman - Osmoregulation
Khan - Kidneys

Crash course urinary #1
(then watch the rest of them)

Chapter 45

Bozeman - Endocrine System
Bozeman - Feedback Loops
Highly Recommended Link:
5 Khan Academy Videos on the Endocrine System

Crash Course Endocrine

Chapters 46 and 47

Warm-up article:

Whoa, watch this time lapse of a fertilized frog egg developing!!!: Frog Egg Cleavage
Bozeman - Reproductive System
Khan Academy - lots of reproduction videos
Bozeman - Differentiation

Chapter 48

Highly recommended neuron videos:
Khan Academy - Neurons
Bozeman - The Brain

Crash Course Nervous System

Chapter 49

Bozeman - Nervous System
Bozeman - The Nervous System
Khan Academy - Nervous System

Crash Course Nervous System part 1
then watch the rest of them

Chapter 50

Bozeman - Senses
Bozeman - muscles
Khan - 4 muscle videos

Crash Course - muscles

Chapter 51

Bozeman - Animal Behavior

Crash Course animal behavior

Handouts and Labs

Review Material

Review Schedule:

Review Materials:

Review Powerpoints:

Review Video links:

Khan Academy Review Material


All 65 Bozeman AP Biology Videos

Bozeman AP Final Review

AP Bio Review - Bozeman

Bozeman Review Questions

AP Bio Review Cards

Practice Multiple Choice:

AP Bio practice tests from college board

More practice FRQs and MC

Varsity tutors practice AP Bio tests

Prep Scholar free tests

Barron's practice tests

Last Year's Free Response Questions:

2016 FRQ and SA


Videos for "Intro to Geography"

1: Latitude and Longitude

2: How to read latitude and longitude

Final Project

For your poster, please follow the rubric above and use the San Diego Science Fair Guidelines to help you include all required information:

San Diego Science Fair Guidelines

Be sure your outline is in APA format. Use the website below to help:
Purdue Owl: APA outlines