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: https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/courses/ap-biology?course=ap-biology

Comprehensive Syllabus:  


Required Materials:


  • All students must have access to the content from the course textbook: Campbell BIOLOGY (10th Ed.), by Reece et al. An online eBook will be provided for students. Students wishing to have a hard-copy textbook must purchase their own.


  • 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 http://mtda.link/techreq

This specific course requires the following:

Please ensure you have a Windows or Mac-based computer available to complete coursework.

Supported Browsers

You may use recent versions of the following browsers on a technology-capable device that supports Java, Flash, and improvements to HTML including HTML5.
Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE 9 or 10)
Mozilla Firefox
Google Chrome
Apple Safari

Supported Browser Plugins and Settings
The following plugins and settings are required to use our courses.
JavaScript enabled
Cookies enabled
Flash 7 or higher installed
Java 7 or higher installed

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, jessica.henze@montanadigitalacademy.org


Montana Digital Academy
Phyllis J. Washington College of Education
The University of Montana
32 Campus Drive – Room 315
Missoula, Montana 59812
Phone: 406-203-1812
Fax: 406-203-1815

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