Since 1989, there have been 12 laboratories—lovingly nicknamed "The Dirty Dozen"—that are "suggested" curricula for AP Biology classes. They "span the globe" in their topics and their techniques: from a behavior lab involving detailed visual observations to a biotechnology lab involving electrophoresis equipment with an extensive protocol. The AP Biology Laboratory Manual for Students and the companion guide for teachers do a good job of explaining the setup and troubleshooting problems, but there are always questions. Also, veteran teachers have often found new ways to save time, use less expensive materials, or completely change the design while still providing an excellent and effective lab experience for their students. Many of these labs lend themselves to use of probes and computers. Teachers may find these collected comments and ideas from the AP Biology EDG helpful in their quest to make scientific experimentation the most positive experience possible for their students.
The full labs are available for purchase at the College Board store:
The AP Biology Lab Manual for Students
The AP Biology Lab Manual for Teachers
Included here are tips for each lab:
The Twelve AP Biology Labs
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.