• Name:

    AP® Biology (BIOL500)

  • Department:


  • Credits:

    1.0 (yearlong course)

  • Required Prerequisites:

    Chemistry (CHEM300) and Biology (BIOL200) a grade of an 85% or higher in the subject area course taken the previous year

AP® Biology


This two-semester course covers first-year college biology material and prepares the student to pass the AP® Biology Exam. Topics introduced in BIOL200 are explored in more depth and detail. The course utilizes hands-on labs, computer simulations, and lab videos to give students important laboratory experience. Videos and computer simulations are also used extensively as an aid in teaching biology concepts. Students taking the course should expect a challenging and rigorous academic experience. No special laboratory equipment or access are needed for this course.

Special Notes:

If you are planning to take the AP® exam associated with this course, then be aware that beginning in Fall 2019 the College Board requires that all students register in October of each school year to take the exam which is held in early May. You must make your decision early. There are penalties associated with late registration and with registering and then deciding not to take the exam at a later date. Please plan accordingly. For more information or if you have more questions, please visit  https://apcentral.collegeboard.org . Once on the site, search Home-Schooled Students to find information on locating testing locations near you.

As an online school, NorthStar Academy is not a testing center. We are a certified AP course provider. Students must locate a face to face school in their local area that will allow them to sit the exam with their students.

This version of the course is not Dual Credit eligible. To receive Dual Credit, you must register for the DC version of this course, if available.


Have you ever watched a sci-fi movie such as GATTACA or Jurassic Park, or heard about genetically modified foods or designer babies and wondered “how does that work?” Well here is your chance to learn about details of the human body, genetics, DNA technology, and so much more. If you enjoyed your regular high school biology class, you’ll relish the opportunity to study biology further in the AP® Biology course. It’s deeper, faster, more detailed and more interesting than your first biology class, and it will encourage you to wonder even more about the workings of living organisms, from the tiniest of bacteria, to cells, to ecology. One benefit of this course is the opportunity to do lots of labwork– some online, some in person (those you could do in an actual laboratory, if you have access to one, but also in your kitchen, or your backyard). Here is your chance to answer all those questions you’ve wondered about, and to think up so many more.

If there are books and materials for this course, they can be purchased from our Online Bookstore.

Student Feedback

Ms Dickman far exceeded our expectations for this class. She helped our child to grow in her understanding knowledge of the topic as well as how to study, analyze and assess scientific matters. While we have enjoyed many classes at Northstar, this one stands out in our experience as the very best. We are grateful for Ms Dickman for sharing her love of Biology, the Bible, and her students for making this a wonderful experience.

I appreciate that Ms. Dickman was so helpful and encouraging. This course was one of the most difficult ones I’ve ever taken, but Ms. Dickman was always ready and willing to answer any questions or help me when I was confused. She is a great teacher!

I was impressed by how quickly the teacher would respond to my questions. She helped me out a lot to break down questions I was struggling with.


Wow! It was so challenging yet beneficial! God has taught me so much through this class. I am continually amazed by His creation!


Throughout this course I have learned great amounts of not only the world we live in and what exactly live in it, but also many questions about God and creation have been answered. I enjoyed learning how God impacts animals and humans daily.


I have to say that this was one of the best classes I have done in my high school years. The teacher was extremely helpful and would always provide insightful feedback. She has increased my appreciation of biology and the Lords world as well. I am excited for the next semester.

Thank you for showing me God’s complex creation and orderly universe! Looking forward to a second semester!

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