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AP Biology

Department: Science
Teachers: Stefan Menghin, Paul Picard '75
Open to: Juniors, Seniors
Length: 2 Semesters

Prerequisite: chemistry, high achievement in science, math and recommendation of science department AP Biology is a scientific study of life. Students will explore the structure and scale of life, the diversity and unity of biological organisms and systems, evolution, the mechanisms of molecular genetics and heredity, major functional systems in plants and animals, use of energy by organisms and ecology. Lab activities include molecular analysis of DNA fragments through electrophoresis, separation of chlorophyll pigments, the study of habitat selection of brine shrimp, and effects of dissolved oxygen and aquatic productivity. It will prepare students for the national AP test for college credit.