This live online AP Biology course prepares students to achieve a successful score on the College Board AP Biology test. Students will cover the biological chemistry of life, cell structure and function, enzymes and metabolism, heredity, molecular genetics, evolution theory, plant and animal structures and function, and biological ecology. Thought processes necessary in the discipline of biology such as the scientific method, experimental processes, and inductive and deductive reasoning will be developed. Associated terminology will be learned as well as the important relationships of biology with other scientific disciplines (e.g., how chemistry relates to cell function, probability to genetics, etc.). Throughout the course students will also develop skills for asking and answering questions in a scientific manner.
Students will participate in regularly planned student interaction sessions to review materials, quizzes and exams to enhance the learning process. In addition, independent and collaborative laboratory exercises will facilitate learning how to work as a scientist and as part of a research team. The lab activities will also help students prepare for “laboratory based” questions on the AP Biology exam. Daily reading will be required. In order to help reinforce concepts and prepare students for the College Board exam, weekly testing of the student’s growing knowledge base will occur through AP exam-like multiple-choice questions.
Finally, this course will require intense student involvement. A high percentage of past students have scored very well on the AP exams but students’ scores and overall gains have been directly proportional to their previous biology knowledge, participation, dedication and willingness to work.
Before taking this course, students should previously have completed basic chemistry, algebra, basic statistics, and general biology.
Strong work ethic, good time management skills, strong reader and writer, willingness to orally participate in class discussions.
Who Should Apply:
The course is intended for students in the 11th and 12th grades. Some exceptional 10th-grade students may also be considered depending on space availability. Prospective students should be prepared for college-level coursework and be aware that although there is a live component (optional), much of the learning is self-directed. Interaction with the instructor occurs during the live session, and through discussion boards and email. An extremely high level of reading comprehension is essential. Class size is limited to 20 students.
- Internet access
- Email capability
- Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint
Course Fee, Costs:
$749 – Materials, as listed below, are not included in the course fee.
$15 – $60 – Text (depending on source, new, used etc.)
$60 – Supplemental Website Access
$75 – $125 – Lab materials (materials list available on June 5th, 2023)