Why Should I Take AP Biology?
Genetics, phylogeny, physiology, taxonomy, anatomy, and cells. Other than all sounding like incredibly fancy racehorses (or Snow White's other group of sidekicks), these topics are all part of AP Biology. Can't wait to learn more? Delve into the study of life with our guide to the exam.
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As in…you. On a molecular level. [Caveman holding a club]
Only after you truly understand how you live from the inside out can you begin to figure
out where you belong.
What makes you function? [Doctor with a transformer]
How are you able to think? To move?
How can you explain the miracle of life?
If these questions leave you with your mouth hanging open, AP Biology is your calling. [Boy with mouse wide open]
It holds the answers to all of your burning questions.
Biology is the study of living organisms…
…including, but not limited to, you!
It studies the magic of nature, from the tiniest one-celled amoeba to the 190-ton blue whale. [Blue whale in the ocean]
You will learn all about the cell, which is the functional unit in any organism.
From cell organelles and life cycles...
…to the processes of mitosis, respiration, and fermentation…
…cells will tickle you every step of the way. [Two cells tickling a guy in a playground]
Biology will give you a complete tour of reproduction and genetics, from meiosis to
It’s like sex ed all over again, minus the immature boys, and…all the snickering. [Boys laughing in sex ed class]
You’ll even learn about gene mutations and their role in evolution.
Best of all, biology examines DNA… deoxyribonucleic acid, if you were wondering.
DNA is literally the most fundamental thing in the living world… [Structure of DNA]
…for DNA is what makes you…well, you.
The study of DNA is not child’s play. It’s actually brutal. [Baby playing with lab beakers]
However, with Shmoop’s practice drills and quizzes, you’ll be an expert in no time.
Now, with your newfound genetic knowledge, you can also…clone yourself… [Boy in a lab and clone appears]
…so you can finish your homework and still go to that forbidden party.
You'll also be able to use DNA fingerprinting…gel electrophoresis…to find the kid who stole your laptop. [Boy approaches guy with a laptop]
With Shmoop’s exclusive test-taking tips, practice exams, drills, and topic review…
…you will be reciting the steps of DNA replication before you know it.
So…go ahead. Sign up for the AP Bio. Don’t be afraid. [AP Bio monster walking towards a man]
We promise…it won’t bite.
Or…at least it won’t suck.