AP Biology

Course Units Overview

  • Unit 1: Chemistry of Life

  • Unit 2: Cell Structure & Function

  • Unit 3: Cell Energetics

  • Unit 4: Cell Cycle & Communication

  • Unit 5: Heredity

  • Unit 6: Gene Expression & Regulation

  • Unit 7: Natural Selection

  • Unit 8: Ecology

*See below for unit content

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Unit 1: Chemistry of Life

Lectures/Section

  1. Scientific Methods - The professional way

  2. AP Biology Statistics

  3. Structure of Water and Hydrogen Bonding

  4. Elements of Life

  5. Introduction to Biological Macromolecules

  6. Properties of Biological Macromolecules

  7. Structure and Function of Biological Macromolecules

  8. Nucleic Acids

Unit Resources

  1. Bohr Model: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ZlnzyHahvo#action=share

  2. Lewis Dot Model: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ZlnzyHahvo#action=share

  3. Properties of Water: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOOvX0jmhJ4, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jwAGWky98c, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jwAGWky98c


Unit 2: Cell Structure & Function

Lectures/Notes

  1. Cell Structure: Subcellular Components

  2. Cell Structure and Function

  3. Cell Size

  4. Plasma Membranes

  5. Membrane Permeability

  6. Membrane Transport

  7. Facilitated Diffusion

  8. Tonicity and Osmoregulation

  9. Mechanisms of Transport

  10. Cell Compartmentalization

  11. Origins of Cell Compartmentalization

Unit Resources

  1. BBC Documentary: "The Secret Life of the Cell"

Unit 3: Cell Energetics

Lectures/Notes

  1. Enzyme Structure

  2. Enzyme Catalysis

  3. Environmental Impacts on Enzyme Function

  4. Cellular Energy

  5. Photosynthesis

  6. Cellular Respiration

  7. Fitness

Unit Resources

  1. AP Live youtube video: Cellular Energetics Review

Unit 4: Cell Cycle & Communication

Lectures/Notes

  1. Cell Communication

  2. Introduction to Signal Transduction

  3. Signal Transduction

  4. Changes in Signal Transduction Pathways

  5. Feedback

  6. Cell Cycle

  7. Regulation of the Cell Cycle

Unit Resources

  1. Cell Signalling Example: Blood Clotting

Unit 5: Heredity

Lectures/Notes

  1. Meiosis

  2. Meiosis and Genetic Diversity

  3. Mendelian Genetics

  4. Non-Mendelian Genetics

  5. Environmental Effects on Phenotype

  6. Chromosomal Inheritance

Unit 6: Gene Expression & Regulation

Lectures/Notes

  1. DNA and RNA Structure

  2. Replication

  3. Transcription and RNA Processing

  4. Translation

  5. Regulation of Gene Expression

  6. Gene Expression and Cell Specialization

  7. Mutations

  8. Biotechnology

Unit 7: Natural Selection

Lectures/Notes

  1. Introduction to Natural Selection

  2. Natural Selection

  3. Artificial Selection

  4. Population Genetics

  5. Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium

  6. Evidence of Evolution

  7. Common Ancestry

  8. Continuing Evolution

  9. Phylogeny

  10. Speciation

  11. Extinction

  12. Variations in Populations

  13. Origin of Life on Earth

Unit 7: Ecology

Lectures/Notes

  1. 1 Responses to the Environment

  2. Energy Flow Through Ecosystems

  3. Population Ecology

  4. Effect of Density of Populations

  5. Community Ecology

  6. Biodiversity

  7. Disruptions to Ecosystems

"It Is Not the Strongest of the Species that Survives But the Most Adaptable" -- Charles Darwin