Course Description: AP® Biology helps students look at the design to understand the Designer. The key themes of the AP Biology course – the scientific processes, the effects of science on technology and society, the chemistry and makeup of living organisms, genetics, Creation, and diversity – are explored to notice the inherent design of all living things. This challenging course is designed to provide a college-level experience and prepare students for the AP exam in early May. Over two semesters, the students are engaged in a wide variety of activities, with substantial emphasis on interpreting and collecting data in virtual labs, writing analytical essays and mastering Biology concepts and connections. Throughout this course, students will be expected to answer questions, reflect on issues and complete lab activities. The primary emphasis is to develop an understanding of concepts rather than memorizing terms and technical details. The course will successfully prepare the student for the AP Exam in May. *AP® and Advanced Placement® are registered trademarks of College Board. Used with permission. Recommended Prerequisites: Biology, Chemistry, Algebra 1. Students will be exposed to a college-level course. Grade Level: 11th Grade recommended Approved by:
- National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA®)
- University of California (UC) : For more UC information, including honors weighting, please view our UC Approved Courses A-G List and visit the UC webpage for Sevenstar
Course Types Available:
- 1 Credit – Full course (1 credit, 12 weeks minimum / 12 months maximum)
- ½ Credit – 1st semester only (0.5 credits, 6 weeks minimum / 6 months maximum)
- ½ Credit – 2nd semester only (0.5 credits, 6 weeks minimum / 6 months maximum)
Biblical Integration Information: Science is the orderly study of God’s creation. God’s true nature is partially revealed through the orderly, discoverable, and purposeful scientific laws He established to govern His Creation. Recognizing our limitations and sinful tendencies to worship the creation rather than the Creator, we should use science to encourage and promote life, health, community, and godliness as we seek to take our role in having dominion over the natural world. We can seek to bring glory to God by using scientific reasoning and critical thinking to understand God’s world, man’s role in it, and how to properly relate with our Creator and fellow man. As we pursue scientific truths through the lens of the Word of God, we will be led into a deeper understanding of our Creator and appreciation of His provision and wisdom. It is our goal to equip our students with a clear understanding of the variety of theories of origins they will encounter as they engage their culture. In order to highlight the variety of perspectives, whenever appropriate we present young-earth Creationism (a literal Genesis account) in contrast to atheistic evolution highlighting the similarities and contrasts. We attempt to present this as a continuum also allowing for varying degrees of Evolutionary Creationism (old-earth Creationism). We encourage the students to explore the evidence to determine their view of origins as they study God’s word along with their parents’ guidance and church teachings. To see how these truths are specifically explored in this course, visit the course information page in the course and click on “Guiding Principles.” Required Course Materials: The price of this course includes custom course materials. Custom course materials will be provided to the student within two weeks (or sooner) of the student’s start date in the course. More details can be found in the course information materials section of the course. Also, household items for lab experiments.