Hands-on experiments central to the AP Biology curriculum
AP Biology Enrichment is offered in-person at the Dolan DNALC location only.
In-Person AP Biology Enrichment
This course explores topics in genetics and biotechnology covered by the College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) Biology curriculum. Students will perform hands-on experiments central to the AP Biology curriculum that cover concepts and techniques from 4 of the 7 curriculum units, including Unit 1: The Chemistry of Life, Unit 3: Cellular Energetics, Unit 6: Gene expression and Regulation, and Unit 7: Natural Selection. Lab Investigations will strengthen core skills such as collecting and analyzing data, interpreting data to draw conclusions and developing and supporting a claim with evidence. Students will:
perform recombinant DNA technology techniques including bacteria transformation, DNA digest and gel electrophoresis;
target and amplify DNA by polymerase chain reaction (PCR);
simulate populations to explore principles of population genetics;
use Basic Local Alignment Search Tool (BLAST) and DNA Subway to explore DNA databases and perform DNA sequence analysis; and
generate phylogenetic trees to show evolutionary relationships.