Biology For AP® Course

Course Title: Biology For AP® Course

Number of Units: 8

Course Level 2: Intermediate

Estimated Study Time: 120+ hours

Offered by: OpenStax/CNX in conjunction with Rice University

This Biology for AP® Course covers the scope and sequence requirements of a typical two-semester Advanced Placement® biology course. The text provides comprehensive coverage of core biology concepts and foundational research through an evolutionary lens.

This Biology for AP® Course was designed to meet and exceed the requirements of the College Board’s AP® Biology framework while allowing significant flexibility for instructors. Each section of the course includes an introduction based on the AP® curriculum as well as rich features that engage students in scientific practice and AP® test preparation. It also highlights careers and research opportunities in the biological sciences.

Table of Contents

1 Unit 1
Chapter 1. The Study of Life
Chapter 2. The Chemical Foundation of Life
Chapter 3. Biological Macromolecules

2 Unit 2
Chapter 4. Cell Structure
Chapter 5. Structure and Function of Plasma Membranes
Chapter 6. Metabolism
Chapter 7. Cellular Respiration
Chapter 8. Photosynthesis
Chapter 9. Cell Communication
Chapter 10. Cell Reproduction

3 Unit 3
Chapter 11. Meiosis and Sexual Reproduction
Chapter 12. Mendel’s Experiments and Heredity
Chapter 13. Modern Understandings of Inheritance
Chapter 14. DNA Structure and Function
Chapter 15. Genes and Proteins
Chapter 16. Gene Regulation
Chapter 17. Biotechnology and Genomics

4 Unit 4
Chapter 18. Evolution and Origin of Species
Chapter 19. The Evolution of Populations
Chapter 20. Phylogenies and the History of Life

5 Unit 5
Chapter 21. Viruses
Chapter 22. Prokaryotes: Bacteria and Archaea

6 Unit 6
Chapter 23. Plant Form and Physiology

7 Unit 7
Chapter 24. The Animal Body: Basic Form and Function
Chapter 25. Animal Nutrition and the Digestive System
Chapter 26. The Nervous System
Chapter 27. Sensory Systems
Chapter 28. The Endocrine System
Chapter 29. The Musculoskeletal System
Chapter 30. The Respiratory System
Chapter 31. The Circulatory System
Chapter 32. Osmotic Regulation and Excretion
Chapter 33. The Immune System
Chapter 34. Animal Reproduction and Development

8 Unit 8
Chapter 35. Ecology and the Biosphere
Chapter 36. Population and Community Ecology
Chapter 37. Ecosystems
Chapter 38. Conservation Biology and Biodiversity

The Periodic Table of Elements
Geological Time
Measurements and the Metric System

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