Advanced Placement Biology Preparation Course
AVAILABILITY: Blyth Academy Online
Please Note: This is a preparation course only. A credit will not be issued by Blyth Academy Online. Students wishing to earn an Advanced Placement credit must write the official AP exam that is administered by the College Board.
Advanced Placement Biology online is an introductory college-level biology course. Students cultivate their understanding of biology through inquiry-based investigations as they explore the following topics: evolution, cellular processes — energy and communication, genetics, information transfer, ecology, and interactions.
- In this unit, students will learn the basics of chemistry as it relates to biology. Students will then look at cells and cell structure and then some more complex molecules and reactions that are specifically associated with living things.
UNIT TWOMetabolic Processes
- In this unit, students will investigate the metabolic processes that relate to energy production in plant and animal cells and how those processes are related to one another. The basic ideas that were examined prior will be investigated in much greater detail. Human manipulation of these natural processes, both positive and negative, will augment students understanding of cellular metabolism and its implications in daily life.
UNIT THREEMolecular Genetics
- In this unit, students will learn about DNA from the history of its discovery to the methods of its manipulation in the field of biotechnology. We have come a long way since the early 1950’s when the DNA structure was first determined. In only 60 years we have moved forward at an exponential pace. We are now using this accumulated knowledge to discover the origin of disease, solve crimes and heal the sick. But, as our ability to understand and manipulate this molecule of life increases, it creates its own set of legal, moral and ethical issues that must be dealt with now and in the future.
- In this unit, students will focus on the systems that allow the body to maintain itself in proper working order. To work appropriately, conditions within the body must be maintained at certain levels. As the outside environment changes constantly, the body must be able to counteract these changes to maintain the internal environment. This is homeostasis. Some of these systems allow for almost instant change while others ebb and flow as required. When these systems work in concert, the organism operates at peak efficiency, but, if something goes wrong, it can have far-reaching consequences.
UNIT FIVEPopulation Dynamics
- In this unit, students will learn about the characteristics of populations and ways in which populations interact with one another. Students will also learn ways to estimate populations and calculate population growth. Students will examine the factors affecting human population growth, paying particular attention to the impact of exponential human growth on the environment and how it contributes to our overall ecological footprint.
PRACTICE FINAL EXAMMultiple Choice Section
- This exam is one of the final tasks of Advanced Placement Biology online. This exam will provide students with the opportunity to practice the multiple choice section of the Advanced Placement Biology Exam.
PRACTICE FINAL EXAMShort & Long Answer Section
- This exam is one of the final tasks of Advanced Placement Biology online. This exam will provide students with the opportunity to practice the short & long answer section of the Advanced Placement Biology Exam.