Overview of the Course
The Collegeboard designed course aims to prepare students for advanced study of subsequent college Biology courses and as such the AP Biology course is equivalent to a two semester introductory freshman college course. The course focuses on fostering a deep and enduring conceptual understanding of the topics covered while spending much time on inquiry based learning to develop the reasoning skills that are essential for further college study in all science disciplines, such as experimental design, application of mathematical routines and analyzing data. The course focuses on topics such as Evolution and Selection, Cell biology and Molecular biology, Genetics and Control, and Systems Ecology and Interaction with the Environment.
The class is taught in university level academic English. The students are required to understand written and spoken English and are given frequent homework assignments requiring both pre-class reading and post-class writing. Hence a strong focus on language skills permeates the entire course.