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.