AP Biology: Detailed Syllabus

Advanced Placement Biology - Yearly Syllabus 2014-15

 

Preface- Introduction to the Four Big Ideas

 

Unit I: From Molecules to Life

Chemistry of Life - Chapter 2

            Properties of Water - Chapter 3

            Organic compounds - Chapter 4 and Chapter 5

            Origin of life - Chapter 26

Cell structure and function - Chapter 7

            Cell membranes - Chapter 8

            Exam I

 

Unit II: Storing, Converting, and Releasing Free Energy

            Intro to Metabolism - Chapter 6

            Photosynthesis - Chapter 10

            Respiration and fermentation- Chapter 9

            Exam II

 

Unit III: Continuity of Life

DNA structure and function - Chapter 16

            DNA to Proteins - Chapter 17

            Introduction to Gene Control 

            Mitosis and Meiosis - Chapter 12-13

            Mendel and the Gene - Chapter 14

            Chromosomal Basis of Inheritance - Chapter 15

            Exam III

           

Unit IV: Evolution – Concepts and Process

            Evolutionary Thought - Chapter 22

            Evolution of Populations - Chapter 23

            Origin of Species - Chapter 24

            Tracing Phylogeny - Chapter 25

            Exam IV

                       

Unit V: Evolutionary Trends and Adaptations: Unity and Diversity

            Prokaryotes: Chapter 27

Emergence of Eukarya – Endosymbiont Hypothesis

Significance of Domains

Protists (minimal)- Chapter 28

            Fungi (minimal)- Chapter 31

Plant Evolution, Trends and Adaptations - Chapter 29 and 30

Intro to Animal Evolution - Chapter 32

            Evolutionary trends Invertebrates - Chapter 33

            Evolutionary trends Vertebrates - Chapter 34

            Exam V

 

Unit VI: Plant Homeostasis and Reproduction

            Plant Nutrition and Transport - Chapter 36 & 37

            Plant Reproduction and Development- Chapter 38

            Control Systems in Plants- Chapter 39    

            Exam VI

 

Unit VII: Animal Homeostasis

            Intro to Animal Structure and Function - Chapter 40

                        Skin, muscles, bones - Chapter 49 (1009-1020)- versatility

Respiratory System - Chapter 42 (part II)

                        Digestive system - Chapter 41

                        Controlling Internal Environment (Urinary, temp reg.) - Chapter 44

                        Animal Reproduction - Chapter 46

                        Circulatory system - Chapter 42 (part I)

Endocrine System - Chapter 45

            Immune System - Chapter 43

            Nervous System  - Chapter 48

            Exam VII                   

           

Unit VIII: Ecology and Behavior

            Intro to Ecology - 50           

            Population Ecology - Chapter 52

            Community Ecology - Chapter 53

            Ecosystems - Chapter 54

            Behavioral Ecology - Chapter 51

            Field Study

            Exam VIII

 

Unit IX: Cellular Regulation, Epigentics, and Gene Control

            Cellular differentiation – induction

            Animal Development - Chapter 47

            Cell-cycle and controls /cancer

            Gene Control - Chapter 19, Chapter 18, Chapter 21

Development – inductions- cell differentiation

Cell-to-cell communication – signal transduction

Exam IX

 

Unit X: Genomics and DNA Tech

            Bacterial reproduction and exchanges of Genetic Material

Viral replication and genetics – Chapter 27

            DNA Technology - Chapter 20

            Genomics/ethics

-          Student Projects

-          Exam X

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