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Ecosystems

Matter & Interactions

Space

AP Biology at ISM is a two-year course; students who take AP Biology I are required to take AP Biology II the following year (or the same year, if the student’s schedule allows). AP Biology is a rigorous, college-level survey course with an emphasis on depth of understanding, connections across the entire range of content, and application of science practices—especially quantitative skills. Some of the content covered in AP Biology will review and extend material previously discussed in Life Science and Biology; other material will be entirely new.

Topics studied in AP Biology I include basic organic chemistry, cell structure and function, metabolism, photosynthesis & respiration, cell reproduction, classical and molecular genetics, biotechnology, and genomes. A minimum of 25% of class time will consist of lab work.

Prerequisites:  Biology and Chemistry; score of 80 or above in both

AP Biology at ISM is a two-year course; students who take AP Biology I are required to take AP Biology II the following year (or the same year, if the student’s schedule allows). AP Biology is a rigorous, college-level survey course with an emphasis on depth of understanding, connections across the entire range of content, and application of science practices—especially quantitative skills. Some of the content covered in AP Biology will review and extend material previously discussed in Life Science and Biology; other material will be entirely new.

Topics studied in AP Biology II include evolution, bacteria, botany, zoology, anatomy & physiology, animal behavior, and ecology. A minimum of 25% of class time will consist of lab work.

Prerequisite:  AP Biology I (or concurrent enrollment)

When most people think of “biotechnology,” the first things that come to mind are gene splicing and sheep cloning. More broadly, biotechnology can be defined as the manipulation of organisms or their components to make useful products. In this course, we’ll examine the history of humanity’s attempts to bring the living world under our control, and the impacts (positive and negative) of these efforts on society.

Topics studied will include DNA technology (“DNA fingerprinting,” genetic engineering, etc.), the Human Genome Project, personalized medicine, bioinformatics, cloning, vaccines, antibiotics, “superbugs” & pandemics, the industrialization of agriculture, high fructose corn syrup, biofuels, stem cells, and more! A variety of learning activities will be used, including lab exercises, presentations, group discussions, debates, news articles, blogging, group projects, and research papers.

Prerequisite: Biology or ELL Biology