AP Biology

Course Description:

AP® Biology is a college-level laboratory course that teaches students to look at the design of 

creation in order to understand its Designer. Students explore the key themes of the AP® 
Biology coursethe scientific processes, the effects of science on technology and society, the 
chemistry and makeup of living organisms, genetics, creation, and diversity; and learn to 
appreciate the inherent design of all living things. Students engage 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 are 
expected to answer questions, reflect on issues, and complete lab activities. The primary 
emphasis is to develop an understanding of concepts from a biblical perspective, rather than 
simply memorizing terms and technical details.  
This course is designed to provide a college-level experience and prepare students for the AP® 
exam. Students must take the AP® Exam in order to receive AP® credit. 
 
Recommended Prerequisites:

Biology, Chemistry, Algebra 1

Grade Level:
11-12 Grade recommended

Approved by:

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:

Book: 

Lisa Urry,  Michael Cain, Steven Wasserman, and Peter Minorsky, Campbell Biology in 
Focus, 3rd Edition AP® Edition for Advanced Placement.  
* The price of this course includes access to the required etext listed above. The etext 
will be provided to the student within one week of the student’s start date in the course. 
See course for details. 
Lab Materials:
Common household items, and access to research materials as well as word processing 
and presentation software, may be required for the completion of lab activities and/or 
other assignments. See course for details.