AP BIOLOGY FAQ's

WHAT IS AP BIOLOGY?

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Why should I take AP BIOLOGY?

Too many AP's?

What are the prerequisites for AP BIOLOGY?

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Will we do labs?

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What are the 7 student practices of AP BIOLOGY?

How much homework can I expect?

What if I am taking multiple AP classes?

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When is the AP Bio Exam?

2018 AP EXAM SCHEDULE

What kind of calculator can I use on the AP Bio Exam?

Will the college I attend accept my AP credit?

How do most students score on the AP exam?

How do BHS test scores compare to National average?

What do the scores mean?

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WHAT IS AP BIOLOGY?
The AP Biology course is a fast paced,  challenging, and fun year long biology course designed to be the equivalent of a two-semester college introductory course usually taken by biology majors their first year. Success in this course will depend on your study skills, reading and writing abilities, motivation and maturity. AP BIOLOGY differs significantly from the usual first high school course in biology with respect to the kind of textbook used, range and depth of topics covered, laboratory work done by students, and time and effort required of the students. The textbook used for AP Biology is one used by many college biology majors. The labs done by AP students must be the equivalent of those done by college students.
2012 Report to the Nation

The course will culminate in the taking of the Advanced Placement Biology Examination.  After showing themselves to be qualified on the AP Examination, some students, as college freshmen, are permitted to undertake upper-level courses in biology or to register for courses for which biology is a prerequisite. Other students may have fulfilled a basic requirement for a laboratory-science course and will be able to undertake other courses to pursue their majors. Many colleges give credit for introductory biology to applicants with a score of 3 if they are non-science majors, but few will accept a score of 3 for credit or advanced placement if the student is a science major. Many colleges DO NOT accept AP Biology Exam scores for credit for Biology majors.

In 2019-20 there will be MAJOR REVISIONS in the scope and focus of the AP Biology curriculum AND THE DESIGN and GRADING of the AP BIO EXAM.
OVERVIEW OF COURSE REVISIONS for 2019-2020 school year

APPROVED AP BIO AUDIT 2012 Kelly Riedell Brookings High School

The Value of Taking AP Biology

·For personal satisfaction
·Because you love biology
·To compare yourself with other students across the nation
·Because colleges look favorably on the applications of students who elect to
     enroll in AP courses
(Did you know students who enroll in AP courses are more likely to complete college in 4 years, chose challenging majors, and complete college with a better grade point average than students who don't take AP courses in High School?

·To receive college credit or advanced standing at your college/university

·So you can save some $ by not having to pay for the tuition/fees/book
    expenses if you took this class in college

See College Board for more information about the AP EXAM

WHEN is the AP Bio Exam?

Countdown May 11 2022 AP BIO EXAM
(Time change to Noon!)

WHAT is the AP EXAM like?

Changes to AP BIO Curriculum starting Fall 2019
~ Content objectives are organized into 8 sequential units
~ Human body systems are no longer required (but can be used as examples for other topics)
~ Increased emphasis on data analysis and hypothesis testing
~ Increased emphasis on science practices
~ 6 Science practices instead of 7

Changes to 2020 AP Bio Exam
~ 60 multiple choice questions instead of 69
~ No grid in questions (Calculations may now be included as multiple choice)

~ Fewer FRQs (2 long and 4 short) with focus on the following:
QUESTION 1: Interpreting and Evaluating Experimental Results
presents students with an authentic scenario accompanied by data in a table and/or graph.
This question assesses student ability to do the following in four question parts:
• Part A (1-2 pts) Describe and explain biological concepts, processes, or models.
• Part B (3-4 pts) Identify experimental design procedures.
• Part C (1-3 pts) Analyze data.
• Part D (2-4 pts) Make and justify predictions.
QUESTION 2: Interpreting and evaluating experimental results with Graphing (8-10 points)
presents students with an authentic scenario accompanied by data in a table.
This question assesses students’ ability to do the following in four question parts:
• Part A (1-2 pts): Describe and explain biological concepts, processes, or models.
• Part B (4 pts): Construct a graph, plot or chart and use confidence intervals or error bars.
• Part C (1-3 pts): Analyze data.
• Part D (1-3 pts): Make and justify predictions.

QUESTION 3: Scientific investigations (4 points)
presents students with a description of a lab investigation scenario.
This question assesses students’ ability to do the following in four question parts:
• Part A (1 point): Describe biological concepts or processes.
• Part B (1 point): Identify experimental procedures.
• Part C (1 point): Predict results.
• Part D (1 point): Justify predictions

QUESTION 3: Scientific investigations (4 points)
presents students with a description of a lab investigation scenario.
This question assesses students’ ability to do the following in four question parts:
• Part A (1 point): Describe biological concepts or processes.
• Part B (1 point): Identify experimental procedures.
• Part C (1 point): Predict results.
• Part D (1 point): Justify predictions
QUESTION 4: Conceptual Analysis (4 points)
presents students with an authentic scenario describing a biological phenomenon with a disruption.
This question assesses students’ ability to do the following in four question parts:
• Part A (1 point): Describe biological concepts or processes.
• Part B (1 point): Explain biological concepts or processes.
• Part C (1 point): Predict the causes or effects of a change in a biological system.
• Part D (1 point): Justify predictions.
QUESTION 5: Analyze Model or visual Representation (4 points)
presents students with a description of an authentic scenario accompanied by a visual model or representation.
This question assesses students’ ability to do the following in four question parts:
•Part A (1 point): Describe characteristics of a biological concept, process, or model represented visually.
• Part B (1 point): Explain relationships between different characteristics of a biological concept or process represented visually. 
• Part C (1 point): Represent relationships within a biological model.
• Part D (1 point): Explain how a biological concept or process represented visually relates to a larger biological principle, concept, process, or theory
QUESTION 6: Analyze data (4 points)
presents students with data in a graph, table, or other visual representation.
This question assesses students’ ability to do the following in four question parts:
• Part A (1 point): Describe data.
• Part B (1 point): Describe data.
• Part C (1 point): Use data to evaluate a hypothesis or prediction.
• Part D (1 point): Explain how experimental results relate to biological principles, concepts, processes, or theories

Changes to Formula sheet
~ Addition of Simpson's Diversity Index
~  Removal of Q10

AP BIO POWER WORDS

How do most BHS students score on the AP exam?

NEW TEST FORMAT

AP Biology Exam Score

United
States
Avg
2013
BHS
Test
Scores
2013
United
States
Avg
2014
BHS
Test
Scores
2014
United States AVG
2015
BHS AVG
2015
United
States 
AVG
2016
BHS
Test Scores
2016
United
States
AVG
2017
BHS
Test Scores
2017
United States AVG 2018 BHS Test Scores 2018 United States AVG 2019 BHS Test Scores 2019

5

5.4% 14.3% 6.5% 26.7% 6.2% 42.9% 6.3% 22.2% 6.2% 33.3% 7.1% 12.5% 7.1% 0%

4

21.4% 71.4% 22.1% 40.0% 22% 14.2% 20.6% 22.2% 20.9% 20% 21.5% 45.8% 22.1% 75%

3

36.3% 14.3% 35.1% 26.7% 35.9% 42.9% 33.6% 33.3% 36.7% 46.7% 32.9% 37.5% 35.4% 25%

2

29.5% 0% 27.4% 6.6% 27.6% 0% 29.2% 22.2% 27.8% 0% 28.5% 4.1% 26.7% 0%

1

7.4% 0% 8.9% 0% 8.3% 0% 10.3% 0% 8.4% 0% 10% 0% 8,7% 0%

3 or Higher

63.1% 100% 63.8% 93.4% 64.1% 100% 60.5% 77.8% 63.8% 100% 61.5% 95.9% 64.6% 100%

AP BIOLOGY TEST SCORE AVERAGES BEFORE 2013 REVAMP

AP Biology Exam Score

Overall 
United States Averages
('94-'06)

United
States
Average
2005
United
States Average
2006

United States
Average
2007

United States Average
2008

BHS Test Scores
2008

United States
Average
2009
United States Average
2010
BHS
Test
Scores
2010
United
States
Average
2011
BHS
Test
Scores
2011
United
States
Average
2012
BHS
TEST SCORES
2012

5

19.0 %

18.2 % 19.6 %

19.3 %

18.6 %

25 %

19.5 % 18.7 % 27.8% 18.8% 50% 19.4% 52.4%

4

20.4 %

20.1 % 20.3 %

20.3 %

15.6 %

25 %

15.5 % 15.1 % 33.3% 16.5% 0 % 16.9% 28.6%

3

24.2 %

22.9 % 21.2 %

21.2 %

16.1 %

25 %

15.8 % 15.4 % 33.3% 15.2% 25% 14.3% 4.8%

2

22.2 %

23.3 % 23.3 %

23.2 %

15.6 %

25 %

15.1 % 14.1 % 0 % 14.6% 25% 14.6% 14.3%

1

14.2 %

15.5 % 15.6 %

15.9 %

34.6 %

0 %

34.0 % 36.6 % 5.6% 34.8% 0 % 34.8% 0 %

3 or Higher

63.6 % 61.2 % 61.1 % 60.8 % 50.3 % 75 % 50.8% 49.2 % 94.4% 56.2% 75% 50.6% 85.8%


BHS AP BIO SCORES

YEAR Total in class at start Total
in class
at end
5's 4's 3's 2's 1's Didn't take test Drops at
semester
2007-08 17 9 2 2 2 2 0 1 8
2009-10 25 20 5 6 6 0 1 2 5
2010-11 13 11 4 0 2 2 0 3 2
2011-12 27 26 11 6 1 3 0 6 1
2012-13 18 11 1 5 1 0 0 4 5
2013-2014 22 18 4 6 4 1 0 3 4
2014-2015 8 8 3 1 3 0 0 1 0
2015-2016 21 17 2 2 3 2 0 8 4
2016-2017 18 16 5 3 7 0 0 1 2
2017-2018 43 39 3 11 9 1 0 15 5 (1 add)

What do the scores mean?

People often consider 1-5 as A-F (in reverse).  They are NOT! That's not what the exam measures.  The exam provides a rating that equates to a confidence level that a student has mastered a body of content equivalent to a 2-semester introductory biology course.  Here are what the scores mean:

5 – Extremely well qualified
4 – Well qualified
3 – Qualified
2 – Possibly qualified
1 – No recommendation
 
Notice that 1 and 2 aren't "unqualified".  They are statements of confidence.  So, if you're trying to map an A-F or 100-65 scale on this score, your already trying to squeeze square pegs into round holes.  Of course this isn't helped by the way we usually talk about the scores as "passing", "failing", etc., but phrasing them as such does not make it so.



2017 OTHER AP EXAMS
Scores AP
BIO
AP Environ
Sci
AP
CHEM
AP
Stats
AP
US
Hist
AP
World
History
AP
US
Gov't
AP
Eng
Lit &
Comp
AP
Eng Lang
&
Comp
AP
Human
Geog
AP
Physics
1
AP
Physics
2
AP
Physics C
Mechanics
AP
Physics
C
Electricity
Magnetism
AP
Macro
Econ
AP
Micro
Econ
AP
Calc
AB
AP
Calc
BC
AP Computer Sci AP European
History
5 6.2 9.4 9.2 13.3 10.9 8.5 11.2 6.8 9.1 10.6 5.0 11.1 34.7 28.1 16.4 21.5 18.6 42.4 24.4 5.9
4 20.9 24.5 15.7 15.5 17.9 20.1 12.5 16.1 18.4 17.4 15.8 15.6 27.8 25.1 23.1 28.3 18.1 18.3 20.9 18.8
3 36.7 15.5 26.1 25 22.6 27 25.8 29.9 27.8 21 20.3 34.1 16.1 15.6 17.2 18.5 21 19.9 21.9 28.5
2 27.8 24.6 27 20.4 23.5 29.5 24.7 33.9 30.7 17.2 29.5 29.7  13 18.2 16.2 12.8 21.9 14.3 11.5 31.4
1 8.4 26 22 25.8 25.1 14.9 25.8 13.3 14 33.8 29.4 9.5 8.4 13 27.1 18.9 20.4 5.1 21.3 11.8
3 or
higher
63.8 49.4 51 53.8 51.4 55.6 49.5 52.8 55.3 49 41.1 60.8 78.6 68.8 56.7 68.3 57.7 80.6 67.2 53.2



2016 AP EXAM SCORES

Scores AP
BIO
AP Environ
Sci
AP
CHEM
AP
Stats
AP
US
Hist
AP
World
History
AP
US
Gov't
AP
Eng
Lit &
Comp
AP
Eng Lang
&
Comp
AP
Human
Geog
AP
Physics
1
AP
Physics
2
AP
Physics
Mechanics
AP
Macro
Econ
AP
Micro
Econ
AP
Calc
AB
AP
Calc
BC
AP Computer Sci AP European
History
5 6.3 7.4 9.7 13.9 11.7 6.5 12.4 7.4 10.6 11.9 4.3 8.5 30.2 16.1 15.3 24.4 48.4 20.7 7.9
4 20.6 23.0 15.1 21.7 17.9 15.5 13.5 17.7 17.5 20 13.6 16.7 27.4 23.4 27.3 17.4 15.5 20.4 16.2
3 33.6 14.8 27.5 24.7 22.5 29.2 25 29.5 27.2 19.8 21.3 34.3 18.5 16.2 23.0 17.6 17.6 23.2 29.5
2 29.2 26 25.3 15.7 23.4 28.9 24 33.4 32.1 19.2 30.7 32.2 13.9 17.5 14.4 9.7 5.9 12.5 34.2
1 10.3 28.8 22.4 24 24.5 19.9 25.1 12 12.6 29.1 30.1 8.2 10 26.8 20,.0 30.9 12.6 23.2 12.2
3 or
higher
60.5 45.2 52.3 60.3 52.1 51.2 50.9 54.6 55.3 51.7 39.2 59.5 76.1 55.7 65.6 59.4 81.5 64.3 53.6



2015 AP Exam scores

Scores AP
BIO
AP Environ
Sci
AP
CHEM
AP
Stats
AP
US
Hist
AP
World
History
AP
US
Gov't
AP
Eng
Lit &
Comp
AP
Eng Lang
&
Comp
AP
Human
Geog
AP
Physics
AP
Physics
C
Elect
Mag
AP
Physics
C
Mechanics
AP
Macro
Econ
AP
Micro
Econ
AP
Calc
AB
AP
Calc
BC
AP Computer Sci AP European
History
5 6.2 7.6 8.4 13.2 9.3 6.4 9.8 7.6 9.8 12.1 4.1 28.5 27.5 13.8 17.9 21.3 44.6 24.4 10.3
4 22 24.1 15.2 18.9 17.8 14 13.6 18.2 18.4 20.5 12.8 24.9 28.6 22 28.7 17.1 16.9 24.6 17.4
3 35.9 15.2 28.1 25.2 23.6 31.3 24.7 30.5 27.3 21.2 20 13.7 20.7 17.3 19.9 18.7 18.5 15.3 35.6
2 27.6 25.5 25.5 18.9 25 30.1 25 32.6 29.7 16.8 30.2 19.8 12.3 17.5 14.4 10.5 5.4 7.1 10.6
1 8.3 27.7 22.8 23.8 24.3 18.2 26.9 11.1 14.8 29.4 32.9 13.1 10.9 29.4 19.1 32.4 14.6 28.6 26.1
3 or
higher
64.1 46.9 51.7 57.3 50.7 51.7 48.1 56.3 55.5 53.8 36.9 67.1 76.8 53.1 66.5 57.1 80.0 64.3 64.3

 

2014 AP EXAM SCORES

Scores AP
BIO
AP Environ
Sci
AP
CHEM
AP
Stats
AP
US
Hist
AP
World
History
AP
Gov't
AP
Eng
Lit &
Comp
AP
Eng Lang
&
Comp
AP
Human
Geog
AP
Physics
B
AP
Physics
C
Elect
Mag
AP
Physics
C
Mechanics
AP
Macro
Econ
AP
Micro
Econ
AP
Calc
AB
AP
Calc
BC
AP Computer Sci European
History
5 6.5% 8.2% 10.1% 14% 11% 6.4% 19.6% 7.7% 9.5% 11% 14.3% 32% 30.8% 15.1% 14% 24.3% 48.6% 20.9% 8.6%
4 22.2% 23.6% 16.6% 20.9% 21.3% 15.8% 23.7% 17.8% 18% 20% 18.5% 25.3% 26.1% 22.8% 28.5% 16.7% 16.8% 23% 16.9%
3 35.1% 15.4% 25.7% 24.5% 20.2% 31.7% 18.8% 29.5% 28.5% 21.1% 26.9% 13.1% 19% 18.9% 21.9% 17.7% 16.4% 16.9% 34.1%
2 27.4% 25.6% 25.8% 17.9% 27.9% 27.9% 21.9% 33% 30.1% 18.4% 17.5% 17.4% 13.3% 17.9% 16% 10.8% 5.2% 7.7% 11.7%
1 8.8% 27.2% 21.8% 22.7% 19.6% 18.2% 16% 12% 13.9% 29.5% 22.8% 12.2% 10.8% 25.3% 19.6% 30.5% 13.3% 31.5% 28.7%
3 or
higher
63.8% 47.2% 52.4% 59.4% 52.5% 53.9% 62.1% 55% 56% 52.1% 59.7% 70.4% 75.9% 56.8% 64.4% 58.7% 81.8% 60.8% 59.6%

 

2013 OTHER AP EXAM SCORES

Scores AP
BIO
AP Environ
Sci
AP
CHEM
AP
Stats
AP
US
Hist
AP
World
History
AP
Gov
AP
Eng
Lit &
Comp
AP
Eng Lang
&
Comp
AP
Human
Geog
AP
Physics
B
AP
Physics
C
Elect
Mag
AP
Physics
C
Mechan
AP
Macro
Econ
AP
Micro
Econ
AP
Calc
AB
5 5.4 7.7 18.2 12.6 10.6 5.7 11.2 7.6 10.3 12.0 15.2 28.6 25.9 13.7 16.7 23.8
4 21.4 23.3 21.3 20.2 21.5 13.5 14.3 18.9 16.1 20.3 19.7 25.0 26.0 22.6 28.4 18.0
3 36.3 16.9 19.0 25 21.8 29.4 26.2 31.6 28.7 20.8 26.4 13.7 21.1 16.8 20.6 17.4
2 29.5 25.6 15.1 18.8 27.2 30.4 24.9 31.6 29.8 18.7 16.8 19.9 14.9 19.6 15.4 11.2
1 7.4 26.5 26.4 23.4 18.9 21 23.4 10.3 15.1 28.2 21.9 12.8 12.1 27.3 18.9 29.6
3 or
higher
63.1 47.9 58.5 57.8 53.9 48.6 51.7 58.1 55.1 53.1 61.3 67.3 73.0 53.1 65.7 59.2

 

2012 SCORES

Scores AP
BIO
AP Environ
Sci
AP
CHEM
AP
Stats
AP
US
Hist
AP
World
History
AP
Gov
AP
Eng
Lang &
Comp
AP
Eng
Lang
& Lit
AP
Human
Geog
AP
Physics
B
AP
Physics
C
Elect
Mag
AP
Physics
C
Mechan
AP
Macro
Econ
AP
Micro
Econ
AP
Calc
AB
AP
Calc
BC
5 19.4 8.7 15.3 12.2 11.8 6.9 12.5 10.9 8.3 12.6 15.0 32.6 31.3 13.1 14.8 24.9 50.7
4 16.9 24.9 19.1 20.9 21.4 15.7 14.9 20.2 17.9 19.5 19.1 24.0 26.5 23.8 28.3 16.9 15.8
3 14.3 16.6 20.2 25.7 21.7 30.4 24.8 28.9 30.4 20.4 26.8 13.9 18.9 18.2 21.8 17.3 16.2
2 14.6 24.4 15.0 18.1 26.5 30.0 24.6 28.9 32.3 17.9 17.2 17.5 12.9 18.2 16.3 10.3 5.5
1 34.8 25.4 30.4 23.1 18.6 17.5 23.2 12.0 11.1 29.6 21.9 12.0 10.4 26.7 18.8 30.6 11.8
3 or
higher
50.6 50.2 54.6 58.8 54.9 53.0 62.2 59.8 56.6 52.5 60.9 70.5 76.7 55.1 64.9 59.1 82.7

 


What if I am taking multiple AP classes?
Students taking multiple AP classes should be aware of the coursework expectations.
Budgeting your time to complete homework, learn content, and prepare for AP Exams is essential to success.
Look at the AP testing schedule and plan your prep time accordingly.
Remember, if you are taking "other AP exams", you may miss class time the week before the AP Bio Exam.tart

AP EXAM SCHEDULE FOR 2019

May 4
US Gov and Politics

PM
AP Physics C

May 5


PM-
AP Calculus
AB/BC

May 6
AP English
Lit & Comp

May 7
Chemistry

May 8
AP US History

May 11
AP BIO


Countdown clock

May 12

 

May 13
AP English-
Lang & Comp

PM-Microecon

May 14
AP World History
PM-
Macroecon

May 15       

PM-AP Stats

TOO MANY AP's?
From Trevor Packer Senior Vice President of Advanced Placement and Instruction at College Board
 

So how many APs should a student take if their focus is to save a year of college tuition at a public university by graduating in 3 years due to the AP credits? Typically 8 scores of 3+ (75% of AP students live in states that guarantee them credit for AP 3s at public universities.

What about students that simply want more than 1-2 AP courses per year? If students take such a courseload out of love for learning or a deliberated plan to reduce college costs: GREAT. But students shouldn't do so from a sense that they must stand out in college admissions.

I see a real commitment from college admissions officies to "stopping the madness" of too much pressure.  The "Turning the Tide" report, signed by many colleges that admit many AP Students, is great & encourages a balance of AP/IB with other priorities

After a student takes 6 AP courses total in high school, our research show the college completion rates stay the same for students who take >6 AP Courses. So we're asking college admission offices NOT to give more than 6 AP courses any extra weight in admissions.

Taking up to 6 AP courses total in high school (1-2 per year) steadily increases a student's likelihood of earning a bachelor's degree on time in 4 years, in contrast to the majority of American college students, who incur the costs of taking >4 years to earn their degree.


The AP Program's own research shows that students can maximize the college readiness AP courses provide by taking very seriously just one or two AP courses per year.

How much homework can I expect?
Students should expect to complete a MINIMUM of 5-10 hours of study OUTSIDE of class each week.
Students taking multiple AP courses should be aware of the time commitment required by each.

Keeping up with the READING is Very Important! Read your textbook nightly. Stay up-to-date; Be prepared for a pop-quiz over reading assignments at any time. Homework is assigned nightly.
This is not a class where cramming the day before a test will work!

Budgeting your time to complete homework, learn content, and prepare for AP Exams is essential to success. Students taking multiple AP classes should be aware of the coursework expectations.FYI: Four classes is considered a FULL-TIME college schedule.

What are the prerequisites for AP BIOLOGY at BHS?
The prerequisites for AP BIOLOGY are:
    One year of Biology (Bio I & II) with a B or better
    AND One year of Chemistry with a B or better
    AND teacher approval

Students who have requested permission to be admitted to the class WITHOUT these prerequisites should understand that they will be responsible for material covered in these classes and additional independent study and review may be required in these areas.

How are the topics broken up on the AP exam?

What are the 4 Big Ideas for AP BIOLOGY?

Big Idea 1: The process of evolution drives the diversity and unity of life.

Big Idea 2: Biological systems utilize free energy and molecular building blocks to grow, to reproduce, and to maintain dynamic homeostasis.

Big Idea 3: Living systems store, retrieve, transmit, and respond to information essential to life processes.

Big Idea 4: Biological systems interact, and these systems and their interactions possess complex properties.

WHAT ARE THE SCIENCE PRACTICES?

The student can:


1.
use representations and models to communicate scientific phenomena and solve scientific

  
2. use mathematics appropriately

3. engage in scientific questioning to extend thinking or to guide investigations within the context of the AP course

4. plan and implement data collection strategies in relation to a particular scientific question

5. perform data analysis and evaluation of evidence

6. work with scientific explanations and theories

7. connect and relate knowledge across various scales, concepts, and representations in and across domains

 

What are the suggested AP BIO LABS?
Minimum of 8 labs/2 per each Big Idea
Emphasis on student-directed, inquiry-based laboratory investigations

Big Idea 1: EVOLUTION
Lab 1.
Artificial Selection
Lab
2. Mathematical Modeling: Hardy Weinberg
Lab 3. Comparing DNA Sequences (BLAST)

Big Idea 2: CELLULAR PROCESSES; ENERGY AND COMMUNICATION
Lab 4. Diffusion and Osmosis
Lab 5. Photosynthesis
Lab 6. Cell Respiration

Big Idea 3: GENETICS AND INFORMATION TRANSFER
Lab 7. Cell Division:Mitosis and Meiosis
Lab 8. Biotechnology: Bacterial Transformation
Lab 9. Biotechnology: DNA Analysis

Big Idea 4: INTERACTIONS
Lab 10. Energy Dynamics
Lab 11. Transpiration

Lab 12.
Fruit Fly Behavior
Lab 13. Enzyme Activity

AP Biology is designed to be a lab based course. Students are required to complete 8 of 13 recommended AP Bio Labs. We will complete these, as well as, additional hands on activities, supplemental labs, and computer simulations. Emphasis will be student-directed rather than “cook book” labs.  Some activities such as labs may run longer than a single class period and may require additional time outside of class to complete. AP BIOLOGY has been scheduled 4th hour so that students may extend lab time into lunch period if necessary. Some before or after school time may be required to complete student directed labs. Due to the complexity and perishable nature of certain labs/supplies, it will not be possible to make up some labs, If you are absent, alternative data may be supplied for use in completing a lab write up. You will still be responsible for the concepts. In order to participate in lab activities, students and parents must sign a LAB SAFETY CONTRACT.

Will the college I attend accept my AP credit?
Depending on your score on the AP Exam, certain universities may give you credit for for an introductory biology course.
Many colleges give credit for introductory biology to applicants with a score of 3 if they are non-science majors, but few will accept a score of 3 for credit or advanced placement if the student is a science major. Many colleges DO NOT accept AP Biology Exam scores for credit for Biology majors. Each university is different and different scores are treated differently by different schools. Also, some degree programs DO NOT accept AP Credit for introductory courses. Some colleges require you to submit your AP Lab manual to receive credit for the lab portion.

If you are taking AP BIOLOGY in order to receive college credit, PLEASE CHECK WITH THE INSTITUTION you plan on attending to see what their policy is regarding AP credit. 

Check your college for AP acceptance
Provided by AP Central

EXAMPLE:

South Dakota State University
University of South Dakota
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
University of Minnesota-Twin cities

Textbooks/Other Resources you will check out and return:

Biology in Focus
Students will receive a copy with CD and will
also have access to their textbook online 
    at
Campbell & Reece log in

 

Cliff's AP BIOLOGY 4th edition will be available for checkout for student use, but these must be returned at the end of the year UNMARKED.


IF YOU WISH TO WRITE IN YOUR COPY
PLEASE PURCHASE YOUR OWN 

 

AP BIOLOGY Test Prep Series
By Fred Holtzclaw and Theresa Holtzclaw
will be available for check out for student use, but these must be returned at the end of the year
UNMARKED.

IF YOU WISH TO WRITE IN YOUR COPY
PLEASE PURCHASE YOUR OWN 

GENOME by Matt Ridley
An autobiography of a species in 23 chapters
Independent reading book with links to numerous chapters

Numerous other OPTIONAL AP resources are available for purchase including the following.
  Check copyright dates to make sure you are getting the most up to date version.  

TOP 5 AP BIO  SUPPLEMENTAL RESOURCES-
Make sure anything you buy says it is for the 2013 REVISED AP BIO EXAM!

SHMOOP
Web based Test Prep
Only $17

IF YOU CHOOSE TO PURCHASE A TEST PREP BOOK, PLEASE MAKE SURE IT SAYS IT IS FOR THE REVAMP IN 2012



Kaplan AP Biology
2016

 

5 Steps to a 5 : AP Biology 2014-2015 Edition (ISBN10: 0071802886; ISBN13: 9780071802888)
McGraw-Hill 2014-2015
5 Steps to a 5
AP Biology

Barron's  5th  EDITION
 
AP Biology for Dummies

 


   

 

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SUPPLIES

You will need: 
      1. SEVERAL 3 ring binders with section DIVIDERS 
   
  2. Lined notebook paper
      3. blue/black pens (red or other color for correcting)/pencils

      4. Markers OR colored pencils
      5.
See approved calculator list
   

What kind of calculator can I use on the AP Bio Exam?
See approved calculator list

 

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HELP
I am available before/after school and at arranged times to answer student questions and provide help.  You can also come and see me if you have a study hall during my planning times (See me ahead of time for a pass) Please arrange a time with me to come if you don't understand something. 

I am also the Lighting/Sound advisor for the school plays so during play season it is especially important to talk with me ahead of time to arrange help time.

Parent communication
Please let me know anytime you have concerns or questions. 
Grades may be checked on the DDN  
See my
schedule to free times during the day to call.
    My office phone: 696-4146 (before & after school)
    Cell phone: 690-5182 (before 11:00 pm please)
    School email:
Kelly.Riedell@k12.sd.us

If you want to check on what we're up to you can go to the website (http://kr021.k12.sd.us) and choose AP BIOLOGY for information, homework assignments, due dates, review games for tests, etc.
(Usernames/Passwords were sent home the first day)


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Late work
Learning to budget your time and meet deadlines is a valuable job/life skill which students will need in the "real world".  LATE WORK IS NOT ACCEPTABLE.  Failing to turn in assignments is NOT an option. Assignments turned in after the due date will drop 1 letter grade each day.  

After papers have been graded and returned to the class, the assignment will be worth 0%. Students may complete work for up to 50% points in my room.

Once a unit is finished and tested over, homework from that chapter WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

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Absences/Make Up work:
It is your responsibility to arrange for completing work if you are absent. BHS  handbook policy for absences/make up work will be followed.

If YOU KNOW IN ADVANCE you will be gone you must arrange to complete work BEFORE the absence. 

If you don't know ahead of time you will be gone (illness, etc.) you will have 2 days for each day absent to complete any makeup work.

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Grading:
All assignments are of value and will be graded.  Overall grades will be based on correctness, completeness of work, class participation, and effort.  Opportunities for some extra credit will be available. 

Brookings High School 
grading scale:

98-100%   =  A+
95-97 %   = A
92-94 %
   = A-
89-91 %
   =  B+
86-88%    =  B
83-85%
    =  B-
80-82%    =  C+
77-79%
    =  C
74-76%
    =  C-
71-73%
    =  D+
68-70%    =  D
65-67%    = D-
Below 65%  =  F  

Due to the rigor of an AP course, a "B" in an AP course counts as an "A" for the purposes of GPA calculations.




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Chemistry of Life

Cells

Cell Division

Metabolism

Genetics

DNA, RNA, Proteins

Evolution

Parade

Plants

Body systems

Ecology

Exam Prep

AP BIO Home      

 

 

 

 

 

If you find something useful, would like to suggest new links, or have corrections...please let me know. 

 


Use of our material:
All original materials links are created by Kelly Riedell for students in AP BIOLOGY classes at Brookings High School  and are licensed under a Creative Commons Atribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

We have worked very hard on activities, Powerpoints/games/worksheets, etc to make this a resource for our students. If you are using our materials, please give us credit for our efforts by listing us as a source with links to our site. DO NOT USE these materials for commercial purposes.  PLEASE DO NOT POST ANSWER KEYS FOR OUR MATERIALS TO OTHER WEBSITES!
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2011
AP
SCORES
AP
BIO
AP
CHEM
AP
Stats
AP
US
Hist
AP
Gov
AP
Eng
Lang &
Comp
AP
Eng
Lang
& Lit
AP
Human
Geog
AP
Physics
B
AP
Physics
C
Elect
Mag
AP
Physics
C
Mechan
AP
Micro
Econ
AP
Calc
AB
AP
Calc
BC
5 18.5% 16.2 12.1 11.0 12.6 11.1 8.4 11.7 15.0 32.0 26.5 14.6 21.0 47.0
4 16.5% 18.5 21.3 20.8 14.0 20.0 17.8 18.1 19.1 24.5 24.2 25.9 16.3 16.3
3 15.2% 24.3 25.1 21.0 25.1 30.1 30.9 21.3 26.3 14.0 22.3 21.6 18.5 17.2
2 14.7% 26.9 17.7 26.7 24.3 27.5 32.1 17.5 17.7 17.7 14.2 16.0 10.8 5.9
1 35.1% 13.9 23.8 20.5 24.0 11.3 10.8 31.4 21.9 11.8 12.9 21.9 33.4 13.6
3 or
higher
50.2% 59.0 58.5 52.8 51.7 61.2 57.1 51.1 60.4 70.5 73.0 62.1 55.8 8O.5

 

BEFORE 2013 REVAMP

What are the major themes in the course?

  1. Science as a Process - Science is a way of knowing.  It can involve a discovery process using inductive reasoning, or it can be a process of hypothesis testing.

  2. Evolution - Evolution is the biological change of organisms that occurs over time and is driven by the process of natural selection.  Evolution accounts for the diversity of life on Earth.

  3. Energy Transfer - Energy is the capacity to do work.  Organisms are active (living) because of their abilities to link energy reactions to the biochemical reactions that take place within their cells.

  4. Continuity and Change - All species tend to maintain themselves from generation to generation using the same genetic code.  However, there are genetic mechanisms that lead to change over time, or evolution.

  5. Relationship of Structure to Function - The structural levels from molecules to organisms ensure successful functioning in all living organisms and living systems.

  6. Regulation - Everything from cells to organisms to ecosystems is in a state of dynamic balance that must be controlled by positive or negative feedback mechanisms.

  7. Interdependence in Nature - Living organisms rarely exist alone in nature.

  8. Science, Technology, and Society - Scientific research often leads to technological advances that can have a positive and/or negative impacts on society as a whole

 

Lab 1. Osmosis and Diffusion
Lab 2. Enzyme Catalysis
Lab 3. Mitosis and Meiosis
Lab 4. Plant pigments & Photosynthesis
Lab 5. Cell Respiration
Lab 6. Molecular Biology
Lab 7. Genetics of Organisms
Lab 8. Population Genetics and Evolution
Lab 9. Transpiration
Lab 10. Physiology of Circulatory System
Lab 11. Animal Behavior
Lab 12. Dissolved Oxygen & Aquatic Primary Productivity 

Molecules & Cells ------------------------------------------------ 25%
      Chemistry of Life ------------------------------------------7%
                  Water
                  Organic molecules in organisms
                  Free energy changes
                  Enzymes
          
      Cells----------------------------------------------------------10%
                  Prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells
                  Membranes
                  Subcellular organization
                  Cell cycle and its regulation
      Cellular Energetics-----------------------------------------8%
                  Coupled reactions
                  Fermentation and cellular respiration
                  Photosynthesis
Heredity and Evolution---------------------------------------------25%
      Heredity-------------------------------------------------------8%
                  Meiosis and gametogenesis
                  Eukaryotic chromosomes
                  Inheritance patterns
      Molecular Genetics------------------------------------------9%
                  RNA and DNA structure and function
                  Gene regulation
                  Mutation
                  Viral structure and replication
                  Nucleic acid technology and applications
      Evolutionary Biology---------------------------------------8%
                  Early evolution of life
                  Evidence for evolution
                  Mechanisms of evolution
Organisms and Populations-----------------------------------------50%
      Diversity of Organisms------------------------------------8%
                  Evolutionary patterns
                  Survey of the diversity of life
                  Phylogenetic classification
                  Evolutionary relationships
      Structure and Function of Plants and Animals--------32%
                  Reproduction, growth, and development
                  Structural, physiological, and behavioral adaptations
                  Response to the environment
      Ecology-------------------------------------------------------10%
                  Population dynamics
                  Communities and ecosystems
                  Global issues

 
2012
AP EXAM
Scores
AP
BIO
AP Environ
Sci
AP
CHEM
AP
Stats
AP
US
Hist
AP
World
History
AP
Gov
AP
Eng
Lang &
Comp
AP
Eng
Lang
& Lit
AP
Human
Geog
AP
Physics
B
AP
Physics
C
Elect
Mag
AP
Physics
C
Mechan
AP
Macro
Econ
AP
Micro
Econ
AP
Calc
AB
AP
Calc
BC
5 19.4 8.7 15.3 12.2 11.8 6.9 12.5 10.9 8.3 12.6 15.0 32.6 31.3 13.1 14.8 24.9 50.7
4 16.9 24.9 19.1 20.9 21.4 15.7 14.9 20.2 17.9 19.5 19.1 24.0 26.5 23.8 28.3 16.9 15.8
3 14.3 16.6 20.2 25.7 21.7 30.4 24.8 28.9 30.4 20.4 26.8 13.9 18.9 18.2 21.8 17.3 16.2
2 14.6 24.4 15.0 18.1 26.5 30.0 24.6 28.9 32.3 17.9 17.2 17.5 12.9 18.2 16.3 10.3 5.5
1 34.8 25.4 30.4 23.1 18.6 17.5 23.2 12.0 11.1 29.6 21.9 12.0 10.4 26.7 18.8 30.6 11.8
3 or
higher
50.6 50.2 54.6 58.8 54.9 53.0 62.2 59.8 56.6 52.5 60.9 70.5 76.7 55.1 64.9 59.1 82.7

 

 

From AP Report to the Nation Feb 2012 (Results of 2011 exam)

 

Is the AP Biology test "curved"?

Each year the overall scores are evaluated based on student performance and it varies from year to year.
2008 AP BIOLOGY Scoring breakdown is shown below.
The total score was out of 150 points

5 = 95 - 150
4 = 77 - 94
3 = 59 - 76
2 = 37 - 58
1 = 0 - 36