The Advanced Placement Biology course is designed to be the equivalent of a college introductory biology course. The course will include those topics regularly covered in a college biology course, and differs from standard high school biology with respect to the kind of textbook used, the range and depth of topics covered, the kind of laboratory work done by students, and the time and effort required of students. The course aims to provide students with the conceptual framework, factual knowledge, and analytical skills necessary to deal critically with the rapidly changing science of biology. Content requirements for AP Biology are prescribed in the College Board Publication Advanced Placement Course Description: Biology, published by the College Board. Students are expected to take the AP exam.