Course title

AP Biology


Biology; Chemistry or Physical Science; One additional science course; Letter grade of B or higher in all previous science courses

Course description

AP Biology serves as an equivalent to a two-semester introductory college biology course. Students enrolling in this course must have taken Biology in a previous school year; it is not a first year Biology course. Students taking this course may be eligible for college credit upon successful completion of the course and a sufficient score on the AP Biology exam administered by the College Board. This course differs from a traditional high school biology course by the resources used, the range and depth of topics covered, laboratory work, and the time and effort required by students. AP Biology covers the four big ideas in biology, evolution and cellular processes, energy, and communication, genetics and information transfer, and interactions. Students will understand how the process of evolution drives the diversity and unity of life. Biological systems that utilize free energy and molecular building blocks to grow, to reproduce, and to maintain dynamic homeostasis will be examined. Students will develop an understanding of how living systems store, retrieve, transmit, and respond to information essential to life processes. Finally, students will be able to describe how biological systems interact, and these systems and their interactions possess complex properties. This course is a College Board-approved Advanced Placement course.

School country

United States

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School city


High school

The Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School

School / district Address

652 Midland Avenue

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Requested competency code

Lab Science

Date submitted



Approved competency code

  • LBIO
  • Biology

Approved date

Expected grade level


Online / Virtual