Welcome to AP Biology!

This course is a college-level course designed to conform to the Educational Testing Service Advanced Placement Biology program and the University of Connecticut Cooperative Education Program (UConn BIOL1107 & 1108). Appropriate lab experiences are used which emphasize qualitative, quantitative and instrumental methods of analysis. Extensive reading and independent work are required. All students are expected to take the Advanced Placement Biology Exam in May, which may earn college credit and/or advanced standing. Meetings: 8 class hours weekly, with additional meetings as required by the instructor.

The two main goals of the course are to help students develop an enduring conceptual framework for understanding modern biology and to help students gain an appreciation of science as a process through the inquiry-based learning of essential concepts. The ongoing information explosion in biology makes these goals even more challenging for learner and instructor alike.

Primary emphasis in our course is on the student’s development of the critical-thinking skills that will enable them to meaningfully engage in science practices to achieve deeper understanding rather than on simply memorizing terms and technical details. Essential to this conceptual understanding are the following: a grasp of science as a process rather than as an accumulation of facts; personal experience in scientific inquiry; recognition of the underlying principles, or “big ideas”, which incorporate the essential scientific principles, theories and processes in biology; and application of essential knowledge, quantitative/mathematical analyses and critical thinking to environmental, ethical, health, and social concerns.