AP U.S. Government and Politics
This course is designed to provide a college-level experience and prepare students for the AP exam in early May. Students will be provided with a foundation for developing an understanding for biological concepts through scientific inquiry, investigations, interactive experiences, higher-order thinking, real-world applications, writing analytical essays, statistical analysis, interpreting and collecting data. The key big ideas of the AP Biology course are system interactions, evolution, energetics, information storage, and transmission. Students will participate in a variety of engaging activities that enhance their mastery of biology concepts.
Note: content varies depending on the course version. For currently enrolled students, please refer to the syllabus located in the course information area for curriculum specifics.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of the chemistry of life by describing the characteristics of water molecules, summarizing biogeochemical cycles, describing the structure of macromolecules, and explaining the functions of macromolecules.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of cell structure and functions by describing cellular components, describing cellular exchange and transports, and explaining the role of the cell membrane.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of cellular energetics by describing the characteristics of enzymes, explaining the role of cellular energy, and comparing the function of metabolic pathways.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of cell communication and the cell cycle by describing the process of cell communication, comparing feedback mechanisms, and describing the stages of the cell cycle.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of heredity by summarizing the process of meiosis, describing genetic diversity, and explaining chromosomal inheritance.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of gene expression and regulation by differentiating genetic information, describing protein synthesis, and explaining gene expression.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of natural selection by describing mechanisms of evolution, analyzing population genetics, and evaluating evolutionary evidence.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of ecology by relating ecosystem dynamics and energy flow, comparing population and community ecology, and describing components of biodiversity.
Module 01—Chemistry of Life
Module 02—Cell Structure and Function
Module 03—Cellular Energetics
Module 04—Cell Communication and Cell Cycle
Module 06—Gene Expression and Regulation
Module 07—Natural Selection
AP Course & Exam Registration Requirements
College Board requires students to register for AP exams no later than November 13th (individual schools may set earlier deadlines).
All VLACS AP students are required to enroll in the “course only” section in My AP. Instructions for joining My AP will be posted on each VLACS course page and instructors are available to help with this process.
Students who plan to take the corresponding AP exam must arrange to take the exam at a local school that administers it. To register for an AP Exam, the local school will enroll the student in an “exam only” section in My AP. Students should follow these steps:
Please note that, if a school allows a student to register after the 11/13 deadline, there will be a $40 late exam fee. There will also be a $40 canceled/unused exam fee if a student registers and then cancels his/her exam or if the student does not show up on test day.
More information is available on the College Board’s website: https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/
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