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The AP Biology course is designed to be the equivalent of a two-semester college introductory biology course usually taken by biology majors during their first year.  AP Biology should include those topics regularly covered in a college biology course for majors.  The college course in biology differs significantly from the usual first high school course in biology with respect to the kind of textbook used, the range of depth and of topics covered, the type of laboratory work done by students, and the time and effort required of the students.  The AP Biology course is designed to be taken by students after the successful completion of a first course in high school biology and one in high school chemistry as well.  It aims to provide students with the conceptual framework, factual knowledge, and analytical skills necessary to deal critically with the rapidly changing science of biology.  Advanced Placement Biology is designed to prepare students for the AP Biology examination given each spring by the College Board.  Successful completion of the course and score on the exam may allow students to receive credit for an introductory-level biology course at the college level. Students will explore biology through their textbooks, laboratory experiences, current event discussions, major projects, and outside reading assignments.  The laboratory component is stressed for students to discover that science is a process and emphasizes the development and testing of hypotheses, collection, analysis, and presentation of data as well as a clear presentation of results.

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