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AP® Biology A & B

Course Length:

Two one-semester courses (students must independently register for each semester)

Course Description:

AP Biology is a course designed to be the equivalent of a two-semester college introductory biology course usually taken by biology majors during their first year. This course follows the AP curriculum and prepares students for the AP Biology exam in May. It is designed to help students develop a conceptual framework for modern biology and an appreciation of science as a process. Essential to this conceptual understanding are a grasp of science as a process, personal experience in inquiry, application of major topics, critical thinking, and environmental and social concerns through research.


  • Students should have successfully completed high school courses in biology and chemistry.
  • Advanced Placement courses are open to all high school students, but students should be prepared for college-level work and have strong reading, writing, and analytical skills.
  • Access the site link below to view the PDF of the course description from the College Board:

Comprehensive Syllabus:

Required Materials:


  • All students will have access to the content from the course textbook: OpenStax – AP Biology. The book is integrated into the course on OpenLMS.


  • All students are required to have and use a laboratory notebook (quad-ruled) as evidence of completed work. This may be needed upon applying for college credit.
  • Several take-home labs will require students to use common household items, with some additional grocery-store-type items being required as well.

Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

Please review the general original credit software requirements at

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

Fall: A semester available
Spring: B semester available
Summer: Not available
Course is not available to join at semester without permission from MTDA Curriculum Director and Instructor.

Lead Teacher:

Jessica Henze, Deer Lodge Schools,