Advanced  placement  biology 

Course information               Course description, syllabus, policies, oral report topics, survival guide, AP test results and more.

Our textbook's website      Raven & Johnson's 10th edition, has great study aids including online quiz.  

Is it one class, or two?  The AP Biology program at LBHS consists of one course, that meets for two hours every day.  AP Biology gets an extra grade point for C or better.    

Redesigned AP Biology  This course is organized around 4 "Big Ideas", which are:
        1. The process of evolution drives the diversity and unity of life.
        2. Biological systems utilize free energy, molecular building blocks and cell processes to grow, to reproduce and to maintain dynamic homeostasis.  This includes the endocrine and immune systems.
        3. Living systems store, retrieve, transmit and respond to information essential to life processes.  This means genetics and cell communication, including the nervous system.
        4. Biological systems interact, and these systems and their interactions possess complex properties.  This includes ecology

Summer assignment  "The Survival of the Sickest", a  fascinating intro to evolutionary genetics, available from the main office. As you read, follow instructions on the worksheet and submit your ideas.  Mr H also suggests: to prepare for our ecology unit, spend some time outdoors, observing plants and animals.  Think about what you are seeing.  Why are those species in this place?  Why are the wild animals doing what they are doing? 

What was my score on the 2017 exam? These are not mailed out, to learn your score you must sign up at  To see a summary of how our class did, go to the results page.

Help getting through this year (click on the unit we are studying)

Chemistry of life
                                    (includes cell cycles and cell signaling)
How science works         (experiments, presenting results and statistics)
Structure and function of animals    (endocrine, nervous and circulatory systems)
Molecular genetics
Cellular energetics                (enzymes, respiration, photosynthesis)
Evolutionary biology
Diversity of organisms 
         (taxonomy, viruses, bacteria, archaea, immune system)
Structure and function of plants
AP Exam
Lorenzo's Oil update

Other activities and study aids
Bozeman biology            wonderful lectures by top AP Biology teacher
Mr. Knight's AP Bio           University High School in Irvine
The Biology Project            in simple language on many topics, recommended
BIOmedia galleries             fantastic biology graphics
Graphics gallery                  of biology drawings and diagrams
Quackwatch                        exposing the fakes
Nobel prizes                       official site for medicine prizes, includes access to prizewinning research
Powers of  ten 
                    mind-bending tour from very big to very small. Try it!
Incredible photo                 the earth at night, check it out!

MEDLINEplus                        medical search, highly recommended

Contact Mr. Halverson:
Phone at school 826-6033, best time is 2:00-3:00, or leave a message anytime
E-mail at
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