This lab-oriented course in Biology is designed for those students interested in pursuing an Advanced Placement science track. This course begins the Advanced Placement (AP) Science Program. The students will comprehensively study the biochemical aspect of life for analysis of information and apply knowledge to personal and societal issues. Through laboratory experiments and activities, students will investigate the structure, function and molecular make-up of living things from unicellular to multicellular organisms. They will compare various life forms systemically, as well as, phylogenetically, noting the evolutionary progression and interrelationships. An emphasis will be placed on genetic inheritance and the human genome. Students will perform various dissections. Throughout the course, students will research various topics, both independently and in a cooperative learning group.
Placement by Student Personnel Services; review of standardized test scores; and an “A” average in 7th and 8th grade science.