SPRING AP Biology Enrichment

Hands-on experiments central to the AP Biology curriculum

Students prepare to

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.

In-person Course @ the DNALC Features:

  • Courses will meet on Saturdays.
  • Families will be provided with onsite safety guidelines and student drop off/pick up procedures after registration.
  • Classes are limited to 8 students per classroom, with no more than 2 classes scheduled in the building at one time.
  • Students will be seated one per lab bench, and work with their own dedicated sets of equipment.
  • Lab protocols have been adapted to reduce or eliminate the need for student movement within the classroom.

View the current DNALC COVID-19 Safety Net procedures.


  • Grades 9–12, who have completed Living Environment or equivalent; recommended for students currently enrolled in AP Bio
  • March 27–May 1, 2021, on six consecutive Saturdays
  • Section 1: 9:30–11:30 a.m.
    Section 2: 1:00–3:00 p.m.
  • $500 per student
  • Available at:
    DNA Learning Center