The course focuses on topics encompassing evolution; cellular processes and homeostasis; genetics and information transfer; and ecology and biological interactions. The course emphasizes inquiry-based learning and the development of science practices and skills.

 Four Big Ideas:

Big idea 1: Evolution- The process of evolution drives the diversity and unity of life.

Big idea 2: Energetics “Cellular Processes & Homeostasis”-Biological systems utilize free energy and molecular building blocks to grow, to reproduce and to maintain dynamic homeostasis.

Big idea 3: Information storage and transmission “Genetics and Information Transfer”- Living systems store, retrieve, transmit and respond to information essential to life processes.

Big idea 4: System Interaction “Ecology & Biological Interactions”- Biological systems interact, and these systems and their interactions possess complex properties.

The two main goals of AP Biology are to help students develop a conceptual framework for modern biology and to help students gain an appreciation of science as a process. The ongoing information in biology makes these goals even more challenging. Students are encouraged to focus on understanding important relationships, processes, mechanisms, and potential extensions and applications of concepts in biology.