General Biology CLEP


The CLEP Exam

The CLEP Exam in General Biology is similar to a one year course taught at many colleges.


The topics in bold face are those The College Board indicates will be found on the exams. The percentages given after the main topic headings are only approximate. Always contact The College Board for the latest information.

Getting Started

HHere are topics that you should definitely look up before you begin using other materials:

  1. Biology
  2. Botony
  3. Zoology
  4. Cell
  5. Reproduction
  6. Thermodynamics
  7. Enzymes
  8. Glycolosis
  9. Photosynthesis
  10. Genetics
  11. DNA
  12. Evolution
  13. Biological Diversity
  14. Ecology
  15. Population Biology



Study Guide

rk for the study guide is provided by the Online Biology Book produced by Prof. Michael J. Farabee, Estrella Mountain Community College. However these references do not contain all of the subjects covered - especially those in the section of Population Biology (which represents a third of the exam). Several other sources are used to cover that section, including online course material from the University of California, Irvine. Other major contributions come from The Biology Project of the University of Arizona, the MIT Hypertextbook, and several sets of of other lecture notes in outline form.

Additionally, several related courses with lecture notes in outline form are recommended for review purposes as they contain online tests.

Introduction

  • INTRODUCTION: THE NATURE OF SCIENCE AND BIOLOGY (Online Biology Book)
  • GLOSSARY (Online Biology Book)
  • Glossary (The Muesum of Paleontology) - large multivolume virtual glossary

    Pink Monkey Study Guide

  • Chapter 1 The Science of Biology

    UNIT 1: Molecular & Cellular Biology 33%

    Chemistry

  • CHEMISTRY I: ATOMS AND MOLECULES (Online Biology Book)
  • CHEMISTRY II: WATER AND ORGANIC MOLECULES (Online Biology Book)
  • Chemistry Review - MIT Hypertextbook
  • Large Molecules - MIT Hypertextbook
  • Chemistry Tutorial The Biology Project
  • Large Molecules Problem Set The Biology Project
  • Acids and Bases Problems Set The Biology Project.

    Kimball's Biology Pages (Kimball)

  • Chemistry

    Pink Monkey Study Guide

  • Chapter 2 The Chemical Basis of Life

    Cells

  • CELLS I: ORIGINS (Online Biology Book)
  • CELLS II: CELLULAR ORGANIZATION (Online Biology Book)
  • TRANSPORT IN AND OUT OF CELLS (Online Biology Book)

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  • Chapter 5 Cellular respiration
  • Studying Cells Tutorial - The Biology Project
  • Cell Biology - MIT Hypertextbook

    Kimball's Biology Pages (Kimball)

  • Cell Biology
  • Biochemistry

    Pink Monkey Study Guide

  • Chapter 3 Cell - The Basic Unit of Life

    Sparknotes

  • Cell Structure

    Review and Look Ahead

  • Cell Biology Course/Tutorial

    Cell Division

  • CELL DIVISION: BINARY FISSION AND MITOSIS (Online Biology Book)
  • CELL DIVISION: MEIOSIS AND SEXUAL REPRODUCTION (Online Biology Book)
  • The Cell Cycle & Mitosis Tutorial - The Biology Project

    Pink Monkey Study Guide

  • Chapter 6 Cell division
  • Cell Reproduction

    Laboratory Tutorials

    While laboratory procedures do not appear to be covered by the CLEP exam you may find a review of them useful to your understanding of the subject.

  • Laboratory Tutorials from BIOL 1114 notes from Oklahoma State.
  • Cell Biology Laboratory Manual by Prof. William H. Heidcamp, Gustavus Adolphus College
    Read the Intro of each section of the lab manual for an overview of the subject and preliminary lab procedures.
  • BIO 102 Course Page (Farabee) Click on Online Lab Handouts.

    Thermodynamics

  • LAWS OF THERMODYNAMICS (Online Biology Book)

    Energy

  • REACTIONS AND ENZYMES (Online Biology Book)
  • Enzyme Biochemistry - MIT Hypertextbook
  • ATP AND BIOLOGICAL ENERGY (Online Biology Book)
  • Energy, Enzymes and Catalysis Problems Set - The Biology Project
  • CELLULAR METABOLISM AND FERMENTATION (Online Biology Book)
  • Glycolysis and the Krebs Cycle - MIT Hypertextbook
  • Introduction to Glycolosis Home Page Jon Maher - University of Leeds

    Sparknotes

  • Cell Respiration

    Photosynthesis

  • PHOTOSYNTHESIS (Online Biology Book)
  • Photosynthesis Directory - MIT Hypertextbook
  • Photosynthesis Problem Set 1 - The Biology Project
  • Photosynthesis Problem Set 2 - The Biology Project

    Pink Monkey Study Guide

  • Chapter 4 Photosynthesis

    Biological Diversity

  • BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY: CLASSIFICATION (Online Biology Book)
  • BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY: VIRUSES (Online Biology Book)
  • BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY: BACTERIA AND ARCHAEANS (Online Biology Book)
  • BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY: PROTISTS: STEM EUKARYOTES (Online Biology Book)
  • Immunology - MIT Hypertextbook

    Kimball's Biology Pages (Kimball)

  • Diversity of Life

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  • Chapter 13 The Unity and Diversity of Life
  • Chapter 14 Viruses

    Sparknotes

  • Molecular Biology

    UNIT 2: Organismal Biology 33%

    Plant

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  • Chapter 15 Conquest of Land

    Sparknotes

  • Plants
  • PLANTS AND THEIR STRUCTURE (Online Biology Book)
  • PLANTS AND THEIR STRUCTURE II (Online Biology Book)
  • FLOWERING PLANT REPRODUCTION: Flower Structure (Online Biology Book)
  • FLOWERING PLANT REPRODUCTION: Fertilization and Fruits (Online Biology Book)
  • PLANT HORMONES AND NUTRITION (Online Biology Book)

    Sparknotes

  • Microorganisms

    Animal

  • ANIMAL CELLS AND TISSUES (Online Biology Book)
  • ANIMAL ORGAN SYSTEMS AND HOMEOSTASIS (Online Biology Book)
  • THE INTEGUMENTARY SYSTEM (Online Biology Book)
  • THE CIRCULATORY SYSTEM (Online Biology Book)
  • LYMPHATIC SYSTEM AND IMMUNITY (Online Biology Book)
  • THE DIGESTIVE SYSTEM (Online Biology Book)
  • THE NERVOUS SYSTEM (Online Biology Book)
  • THE ENDOCRINE SYSTEM (Online Biology Book)
  • THE REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEM (Online Biology Book)
  • THE MUSCULAR AND SKELETAL SYSTEMS (Online Biology Book)
  • THE RESPIRATORY SYSTEM (Online Biology Book)
  • THE EXCRETORY SYSTEM (Online Biology Book)

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  • Chapter 16 Nutrition and Digestion
  • Chapter 17 Respiration
  • Chapter 18 Blood and Circulation
  • Chapter 19 Excretion and Osmoregulation
  • Chapter 20 Human Skeleton
  • Chapter 21 Locomotion
  • Chapter 22 Horomonal co-ordination
  • Chapter 23 Nervous co-ordination
  • Chapter 24 Reproduction

    Kimball's Biology Pages (Kimball)

  • Embryonic Develpment

    Genetics

  • INTRODUCTION TO GENETICS (Online Biology Book)
  • Mendelian Genetics - MIT Hypertextbook
  • GENE INTERACTIONS (Online Biology Book)

    DNA

  • DNA AND MOLECULAR GENETICS (Online Biology Book)
  • DNA - Access Excellence Classic Collection 
  • Problem sets Genetics - The Biology Project

    Kimball's Biology Pages (Kimball)

  • DNA and RNA
  • Genetics

    Pink Monkey Study Guide

  • Chapter 7 Classical and Mendelian Genetics
  • Chapter 8 Genes and Molecular Genetics
  • The Morgan Tutorial - Waksman Institute at Rutgers University. 
  • Central Dogma - MIT Hypertextbook
  • HUMAN GENETICS (Online Biology Book)
  • Problem sets Human Biology Genetics - The Biology Project
  • The Tree of Life - University of Arizona
  • PROTEIN SYNTHESIS (Online Biology Book)
  • CONTROL OF GENE EXPRESSION (Online Biology Book)
  • Prokaryotic Genetics and Gene Expression - MIT Hypertextbook
  • Recombinant DNA - MIT Hypertextbook

    UNIT 3: Population Biology 33%

    Ecology

    Biology 111: Ecology"> (Fox) II. Population Ecology (Fox) III. Community Ecology (Fox)

    Ecology - Population Ecology, Community Ecology, Ecosystems and the Biosphere (Pitocchelli}

    Kimball's Biology Pages (Kimball)

  • Ecology

    Pink Monkey Study Guide

  • Chapter 25 The Ecology and Environment

    Evolution

  • DEVELOPMENT OF EVOLUTIONARY THEORY (Online Biology Book)
  • THE MODERN VIEW OF EVOLUTION (Online Biology Book)

    Kimball's Biology Pages (Kimball)

  • Evolution

    Pink Monkey Study Guide

  • Chapter 11 Evolution of Life

    Sparknotes

  • Evolution

    Human Evolution

  • HUMAN EVOLUTION (Online Biology Book)
  • The Tree of Life (University of Arizona) "A multiauthored, distributed Internet project containing information about phylogeny and biodiversity."

    Pink Monkey Study Guide

  • Chapter 12 Human Evolution

    Behavior

    Sparknotes

  • Animal Behavior

    Kimball's Biology Pages (Kimball)

  • Behavior

    Social Biology

    Review and Test Links

  • BIOL 1114 Notes Homepage University of Oklahoma Learing Resource Center - Click on Review, Prentice-Hall Self Quizzes and Laboratory Tutorials in addition to specific topics.
  • BioTech BioTech Resources Web Project
  • Biology Serendip - Brynmawr See particularly Biology 103
  • BIO 102 Course Page (Farabee) Click on BIO 102 Unit Learning Objectives.

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