This AP Biology course is equivalent to a two-semester college introductory biology course.  The AP Biology course is designed to enable the student to develop advanced inquiry and reasoning skills, such as designing a plan for collecting data, analyzing data, applying mathematical routines, and connecting concepts in and across domains.

The context of the course is defined by four big ideas, shown below.  The big ideas encompass the underlying content and detailed concepts taught in AP Biology.

Big Idea 1: Evolution – the process of evolution drives the diversity and unity of life.

Big Idea 2: Cellular Processes (Energy and Communication) – Biological systems utilize free energy and molecular building blocks to grow.

Big Idea 3: Genetics and Information Transfer – living systems store, retrieve, transmit, and respond to information essential to life processes

Big Idea 4: Interactions – Biological systems interact and these systems and their interactions possess complex properties.