AP BIOLOGY COURSE REQUIREMENTS
AP Biology is both a difficult, yet fun course!
This is a college course and you will be held to high
expectations and mature responsibilities
just like a college freshman taking Introduction to
I view this course as a team effort. While each person
needs to complete and hand in their
own work, study groups and cooperative effort are strongly
encouraged. You never learn
something as well as when you are able to explain it to
Students are expected to be on time to class every day. If
you are illegally absent, you will
not get any credit for assignments/ activities of that
day. Students must make up missed exams, the very next day you are present
in class. Make-up labs and extra help sessions are by appointment only.
a. large 3-ring notebook (~3 inch) for handouts & labs,
b. lined loose leaf paper
c. blue or black pen and pencil to be brought to class
d. textbook: Biology (5th
Edition) by N. Campbell, J. Reece,
L. Mitchell (w/ CD-ROM)
e. Barron's AP Biology
review workbook (to be purchased from Amazon.com)
f. Flashdrive, colored
pencils, and calculator to be brought to class as needed
I have built a Web site which supports this course,
Check the Web site daily for assignments, PowerPoint
lectures, and many other resources.
Keep a 3-ring binder notebook for only Biology. Students
will use guided notes that support
lecture presentations. Notebooks should be dated
sequentially and may be turned in for
points on test days. Incorporate into your notebook the
handouts, homework, class work,
quizzes, etc. Keep a separate section for lab activities
AP Biology has 12 recommended lab activities. We complete
these and additional labs
through College Board labs, supplemental labs, computer
simulations, and field trips. Lab
assignments must be completed according to the standard
format (unless otherwise noted).
Lab reports are due one (1) week after the lab is
Students will lose credit for each day late and earn only
a maximum of 50% for a satisfactory
report after 2 weeks late. If you are legally absent for a
lab activity you must make it up
ASAP by appointment afterschool. Some activities cannot be
made up, but you are still responsible for
a write-up that includes the purpose, procedure, results,
and concepts of the activity. Labs
will be returned to you for review and I will then keep
them on file.
Very Important! Read the book nightly, stay up-to-date to be prepared.
HW Assignments: Homework is assigned nightly. They
will be checked or graded and
returned ASAP. Keep them in your notebook. If you are
absent, you are expected to
complete the work within a day. Late assignments will
receive half credit if late but
completed before the exam, and no credit after the exam.
AP Essay Assignments: Essays are an integral part of
the AP exam. Essays are assigned
throughout the term to prepare for the AP exam. Essay
assignments will be worth 10-20
points and are incorporated into your Exam & Quiz average.
Essays will be checked or
graded and returned ASAP. Keep them in your notebook. If
you are absent, you are
expected to complete the work within a day. Late
assignments will receive half credit if late
but completed before the exam and no credit after the
Lab Assignments: As stated above, labs must be
completed within one (1) week after
completion of lab activity in class, so consider this part
of regular homework.
Exams are composed of AP exam questions and AP-style exam
questions as well as AP
style essays. Exams will sometimes take double periods and
time will be limited just as it is
on the AP Exam. Exam questions will be based on class
notes and the Campbell text.
Grades will be calculated on a percentage basis. The value
of each individual assignment
varies, and is dependent on how many of that type of work
is assigned each quarter. Each
student earns their grade based on the quality of work
they complete. I do not grade on a
“bell curve”. Following is an approximation of a quarter's
Exams & Quizzes 50%
Labs & Lab Reports 25%
Class work & Participation 10%
Quarter is unique, since much of it
occurs after the AP Exam. The 4th
student project is valued at 50% of the quarter grade.
I am available by appointment afterschool. Come prepared
with specific questions, problems, or labs.
END OF YEAR
The course work will be completed be the end of April. You
will have a chance to review and
all AP Biology students will be given a summation exam
before the AP Exam. After the AP
exam you are expected to attend class. We will use that
time to complete student projects.
These activities are a major part of the 4th
The AP Exam is administered in early May.
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