Course Syllabus

Pre-Advanced Placement Biology is an accelerated laboratory/lecture course for the highly motivated and academically talented science student. Students will experience the richness of life science through laboratory and field investigations, inquiry and active experimentation. Emphasized science process skills include: observing, measuring, identifying, classifying, predicting, comparing, inferring, and drawing conclusions.

 Students in Biology study a variety of topics that include:

 Fall Semester

- Biochemistry: carbon compounds, chemical reactions, and enzymes

- Cell biology: structure, function, energy, growth, and division

- Genetics: inheritance, DNA, RNA, protein synthesis, and genetic engineering

- Biological evolution and classification

 Spring Semester

Ecology: energy and matter, ecosystems, interactions, and human influence

- Microbiology: bacteria, viruses, protists, and fungi

- Plants: structure, function, reproduction, and response

- Animals: systems, homeostasis, and behavior

Students will develop a proficient use of technology through analyzing and collecting data for real world science applications. The skills/concepts learned prepare students for success in Advanced Placement Biology.

The Pre-AP Biology curriculum is based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) curriculum framework and will prepare students for success on the STAAR (State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness) end of course exam.


      Biology, Stephen Nowicki, Houghton, Mifflin & Harcourt 2015. 

      Students will have online access to the textbook and multimedia resources.

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