AP Biology Sat TBA
with STEM Instructor (M.S. or PhD)
In AP Biology, students will be providedwith a foundation for developing anunderstanding for biological conceptsthrough scientific inquiry, investigations,interactive experiences, higher-orderthinking, real-world applications, writinganalytical essays, statistical analysis,interpreting and collecting data. Thekey big ideas of the AP Biology course are evolution, energetics, information storage & transmission, and system interactions.
BIG IDEA 1: "EVOLUTION" (EVO) As Christians committed to the authority of God's Word, as well as professional science educators serving our brilliant & loving Creator, we fully understand the strategic importance of high-schoolers being well-trained in discerning truth on this topic. Here are the components of this subject that are based in observational science: Inheritable variations occur in individuals in a population. Due to competition for limited resources, individuals with more favorable genetic variations are more likely to survive and produce more offspring, thus passing traits to future generations. A diverse gene pool is vital for the survival of species because environmental conditions change. This process explains the diversity of life, but fails to explain the origin of life. In addition to the process of natural selection, naturally occurring catastrophic and human-induced events as well as random environmental changes can result in alteration in the gene pools of populations.
BIG IDEA 2: ENERGETICS (ENE) Biological systems use energy and molecular building blocks to grow, reproduce, and maintain dynamic homeostasis. Cells and organisms must exchange matter with the environment. Organisms respond to changes in their environment at the molecular, cellular, physiological, and behavioral levels. Living systems require energy and matter to maintain order, grow, and reproduce. Organisms employ various strategies to capture, use, and store energy and other vital resources. Energy deficiencies are not only detrimental to individual organisms but they can cause disruptions at the population and ecosystem levels. Homeostatic mechanisms that are conserved or divergent across related organisms reflect either continuity due to common ancestry or evolutionary change in response to distinct selective pressures.
BIG IDEA 3: INFORMATION STORAGE AND TRANSMISSION (IST) Living systems store, retrieve, transmit, and respond to information essential to life processes. Genetic information provides for continuity of life, and, in most cases, this information is passed from parent to offspring via DNA. Nonheritable information transmission influences behavior within and between cells, organisms, and populations. These behaviors are directed by underlying genetic information, and responses to information are vital to natural selection and evolution. Genetic information is a repository of instructions necessary for the survival, growth, and reproduction of the organism. Genetic variation can be advantageous for the long-term survival and evolution of a species.
BIG IDEA 4: SYSTEMS INTERACTIONS (SYI) Biological systems interact, and these systems and their interactions exhibit complex properties. All biological systems comprise parts that interact with one another. These interactions result in characteristics and emergent properties not found in the individual parts alone. All biological systems from the molecular level to the ecosystem level exhibit properties of biocomplexity and diversity. These two properties provide robustness to biological systems, enabling greater resiliency and flexibility to tolerate and respond to changes in the environment.
Aug 27th, 2022 - Apr 30th, 2023
Sat for 30 weeks from 1:00 pm