Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Senior High Biscayne Bay Campus

Course Title:  Advanced Placement Biology

Course Number:  2000340


Instructor:  Mark Gottfried, Ph.D.


Voicemail: 305-349-3740



The two main goals of AP Biology are to help students develop a conceptual framework for modern biology and to help students gain an appreciation of science as a process.


Course Topics:

The content is guided by the College Board and complete details can be found in their publications. The course will include, but is not limited to, the following:

Molecules and Cells

Chemistry of Life


Organic molecules in organisms

Free energy changes



Prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells


Subcellular organization

Cell cycle and its regulation

Cellular Energetics Coupled reactions

Fermentation and cellular respiration


Heredity and Evolution


Meiosis and gametogenesis

Eukaryotic chromosomes

Inheritance patterns

Molecular Genetics

RNA and DNA structure and function

Gene regulation


Viral structure and replication

Nucleic acid technology and applications

 Evolutionary Biology

Early evolution of life

Evidence for evolution

Mechanisms of evolution

 Organisms and Populations

 Diversity of Organisms

Evolutionary patterns

Survey of the diversity of life

Phylogenetic classifi cation

Evolutionary relationships

 Structure and Function of Plants and Animals

Reproduction, growth, and development

Structural, physiological, and behavioral adaptations

Response to the environment


Population dynamics

Communities and ecosystems

Global issues


Texts and Materials:

Biology, by Cambell & Reese, Prentice Hall

Student will need a notebook, folders, pens, pencils, a simple calculator and index cards.

There is a $10 fee science lab fee.


Grading Criteria

A perfect A=100, otherwise A=95; B=85; C=75, D=65; F=0, 25, 45, 55 depending on the degree of "F", Z=0

Assignment Values

In general, assignments, homework, classwork, lab reports, quizzes and tests have weighted grades. Weights depends on how much I value the assignment.


Additional Information

More information,  along with weekly agenda and homework assignments as the year progresses can be found at my homepage


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