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    AP Biology: Detailed Syllabus

    Advanced Placement Biology - Yearly Syllabus 2013-14

     

    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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