Advanced Biology Part 2 is a continuation of the accelerated introductory biology course. Advanced Biology Part 2 will commence with Mendelian principles of genetics and the molecular biology of DNA and RNA, as well as biotechnology. Students will examine Darwin's theory of evolution, speciation, macroevolutionary change, as well as the evolution of plants. Students will study botany along with behavioral, community, and population ecology. Although this is not a College Board-approved advanced placement course, students may still take the AP Exam on their own if they desire. This course concludes with a preparatory review for the AP Biology Exam.
It is recommended that students successfully complete Advanced Biology Part 1 or equivalent course work before enrolling in this course.
Unit 1: Essential Content and Skills
- Examine the Mendelian principles of genetics.
- Determine the location of genes on chromosomes, which provides the basis for inheritance.
- Investigate the molecular structure of DNA and the process of DNA replication.
- Analyze the processes involved in the decoding of a gene to produce a functional protein.
- Explore the features of bacterial and viral genomes.
- Discuss the regulation of prokaryotic and eukaryotic genes.
- Scrutinize the process of genetic cloning and the applications of DNA technology.
Unit 2: Essential Content and Skills
- Explore embryonic development involving the processes of cell division, cell differentiation, and morphogenesis.
- Probe the Darwinian theory of evolution.
- Research how the field of population genetics is the foundation for the study of evolution.
- Discuss how speciation creates macroevolutionary change.
- Explain how phylogeny aims to classify organisms based on evolutionary history.
- Analyze the colonization of land plants and the evolution of seed plants.
- Investigate the structure and function of plant anatomy, as well as the growth and development processes of plants.
Unit 3: Essential Content and Skills
- Explore the process of vascular transport in plants, as well as the mechanisms of nutrient uptake by plants.
- Outline the reproductive mechanisms of angiosperms.
- Research the utilization of biotechnology in the agricultural community.
- Evaluate the multitude of responses which occur in plants to internal and external signals.
- Outline the features of Earth’s major biomes and the major concepts of behavioral ecology.
- Examine the science behind Earth’s fluctuating populations and the dynamics of community ecology.
- Analyze the relationships that occur within ecosystems, as well as the strategies for biological conservation.
Unit 4: Essential Content and Skills
- Review the parts of a cell, molecular genetics, and evolution.
- Review plant forms and functions, animal forms and functions, and ecology.
- Explore the format and grading procedures for the AP Biology Exam.
- Complete sample free-response questions.
- Organize an effective study outline for each topical unit of study.
- Biology AP (textbook, CD, and AP Test Prep Workbook)
*Available as an iText course (includes CD)