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AP Biology :

Course Description:

The AP Biology course is designed to provide students with a learning experience equivalent to that of a two-semester college biology course taken by biology majors during their first year. The AP Biology course at Santa Susana will provide students with the conceptual framework, factual knowledge, and analytical skills necessary to deal critically with the rapidly changing science of biology.

Suggested prerequisites:

AP Biology courses are typically designed to be taken by students after the completion of a first course in high school biology and one in high school chemistry.

B or better in both courses

Admission may, though, be granted to exceptional students who have not completed the chemistry requirement with concurrent enrollment in CP Chemistry


To achieve success in any AP class takes dedication.  The AP Biology student should expect to spend on average an hour per school day dedicated to studies. More time may be necessary for proper test preparation.

Grades will be assigned (tentatively) as follows:

65% Test / Final (includes research project)

35% Lab

Additional Information:

AP Exam – Monday May 9, 2016


Usually paid by the first week of March

AP Biology Study Guide - Optional (check any bookstore for prices)

AP Bio Summer Work

•Text: Biology:  AP Edition, 7th edition, by Campbell and Reece

•Summer Readings

–Summer readings are intended to remind students of certain fundamental concepts needed to enter the course.

–Students, after completing readings and assignments, are not expected to be experts at the subject matter but rather prepared to discuss them in greater depth when class convenes at the beginning of the semester.

-There will be a quiz on the summer reading material the first Friday we return to school.

–Unit 1

•The Chemical Context of Life pg.1-44

–Review assignment pg. 46 Q:1-10

•Water and Fitness in the Environment pg. 47-56

–Review assignment pg. 56 Q: 1-10

•Carbon and the Molecular Diversity of Life pg. 58-66

–Review assignment pg. 67 Q:1-10

•The Structure and Function of Macromolecules pg. 68-90

–Review assignment pg. 91 Q:1-10