Biology AP

  • Grade: 11-12

    AP Biology is designed to be the equivalent of a two-semester college biology course usually taken by freshman biology majors.  At Noblesville High School, AP Biology is an elective science course for students who are highly motivated and have a strong interest in science.  Major topics of study include: Evolution, Energy, Information and Interactions with a focus on biochemistry, cells, cellular energetics, evolution, genetics, organism structure and function, and ecology.  As in a college biology course, the AP Biology course is designed to have both a lecture and lab component.  Labs conducted by AP Biology students are those equivalent of labs experienced by college biology students.  At the completion of this course, students are expected to take the College Board’s scheduled AP Biology exam in May.  Some students may earn college credit if they achieve high enough marks on this exam.  To assist students in their preparation for this test, the format of the assessments used throughout this course are similar to the AP Biology exam’s assessments.
    This course is fast-paced, intensive, and requires more at-home study time.  The AP Biology course and the AP Biology exam will cover these general areas and approximate percentages:  25% Evolution, 25% Energy, 25% Information, and 25% Interactions

    The State of Indiana requires students to sit for AP exams in order to qualify for the Academic Honors Diplomas as well as the new Graduation Pathway requirements.  Therefore, any student at Noblesville High School enrolled in a College Board Advanced Placement course will be required to sit for the corresponding exam.  Cumulative grade point averages will be re-calculated retroactively without the grade weight for students who do not take the exam.  The cost of AP assessments are decided by the College Board; however, the cost of this exam is currently covered by the State of Indiana.

    Prerequisites: 3.3 GPA minimum, B+ or higher in Chemistry 1 and Biology 1
    • One year course, two credits
    • A Core 40 and AHD Life Science course