It is no secret that AP Biology is a challenging course, but it can be a crucial academic stepping stone for students interested in pursuing STEM programs in college – especially those in the natural sciences. The course provides students with a strong foundational understanding of biology, which will help them to pursue high-level science programs at the collegiate level. The course utilizes an interdisciplinary approach that challenges students to study how the principles of physics and chemistry can be applied to the life sciences.
Admissions officers love to see AP Biology on transcripts of students who articulate an interest in STEM, especially those students contemplating a pre-med (or pre-vet, public health or pre-dental) track. The coursework covers college-level biology topics such as Natural Selection, Chemistry of Life, Ecology, Heredity and many other disciplines.
For many students, AP Biology may be their first chance to take an Advanced Placement science course, which can be daunting. The workload will be significantly more intensive than standard level courses, and the pace of the course moves quickly.
But for students who are up to the challenge, and are successful in the course, it can be a primary focal point in the admissions review process. Here are a few tips to consider before the course begins:
As author of Untangling the Ivy League, Marc literally wrote the book on gaining admission to highly selective colleges. He earned a BA from Cornell University – where he met AcceptU’s co-founder – and an MBA from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. At UNC, Marc chaired the admissions advisory board; he has also conducted alumni interviews for Cornell for more than fifteen years.