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Important Updates

Updated Example Textbook List
An updated example textbook list is now available on the AP Course Audit website for AP Biology. This resource was reviewed by Learning List, an independent instructional materials review service for schools and districts. Learning List's detailed alignment reports and editorial reviews will help you use these materials more effectively.

Updated Course and Exam Description
The AP Biology Course and Exam Description now reflects the AP Calculator Policy updates for 2018.

New Exam for Classroom Use
A secure 2017 AP Biology Exam is now available on the AP Course Audit website. To access, sign in to your AP Course Audit account, and click on the Secure Documents link in the Resources section of your Course Status page.

Online Learning for AP Biology Teachers
Looking for guidance on teaching quantitative reasoning in your classroom? Start with a this two-part series of interactive online modules.

Course Overview

AP Biology is an introductory college-level biology course. Students cultivate their understanding of biology through inquiry-based investigations as they explore the following topics: evolution, cellular processes—energy and communication, genetics, information transfer, ecology, and interactions.

Essential Course Resources

Course Planning and Pacing Guides

Written by AP teachers, these versatile guides demonstrate a variety of ways to plan and pace the AP Biology curriculum across one academic year. Each author presents a host of ideas for activities, resources, and assessments.

College Board Store

Find AP Biology publications, released exams, and more in the College Board Store.


AP and Higher Education

Higher Education professionals play a key role developing AP courses and exams, setting credit and placement policies, and scoring student work. The AP Higher Ed site features information on recruitment and admission, advising and placement, and more.

This chart shows recommended scores for granting credit, and how much credit should be awarded, for each AP course. Your students can look up credit and placement policies for colleges and universities on the AP Credit Policy search.

Meet the current Development Committee for AP Biology.