Our weekly, 90-minute Underwater Robotics class will be busy with labs, demonstrations, and learning skills such as…soldering. This doesn’t leave much time for classroom instruction in biology, environmental science, or marine/aquatic science. To get the most out of the Underwater Robotics class, we strongly recommend that students also plan to study a life science outside of Teen Learning Lab this year. This can be as simple as reading a high school biology or AP biology textbook, or an environmental science/AP Environmental Science textbook, or marine science textbook. Any of these sciences pairs very well with the Underwater Robotics class. Dr. Kulmala will help you correlate your independent study with the topics covered on Fridays.
And for those interested in taking the AP Biology or AP Environmental Science test, or the SAT Subject tests in biology and environmental science, Dr. Kulmala will hold an AP and SAT Subject Tests Study Group on Fridays after class.
These are just suggestions. Any textbook that is 10 years old or less is acceptable
Openstax, Biology for AP® courses – free, online textbooks available for download: http://www.openstax.org.
Openstax, Biology free, online textbooks available for download: http://www.openstax.org.
Below is a list of suggested texts, as listed on the College Board’s AP Central Biology course audit page
Dr. Kulmala recommends that students new to AP or AP Biology to take two years to work through their textbook.
- Campbell, A. Malcolm, Laurie J. Heyer, and Christopher J. Paradise. Integrating Concepts in Biology. 2016. Trunity, Inc.
- Hillis, David M., David Sadava, Richard W. Hill, and Mary V. Price. Principles of Life, for the AP Course. 2nd edition. Bedford, Freeman and Worth Publishing Group.
- Mader, Sylvia. Biology, AP Edition. 12th edition. McGraw-Hill Education.
- Raven, Peter H., Johnson, Mason, Losos, and Singer, Biology AP® Edition. 11th edition. McGraw-Hill Education.
- Starr, Cecie, Ralph Taggart, Christine Evers, and Lisa Starr. Biology: The Unity and Diversity of Life. 14th edition. National Geographic/Cengage Learning.
- Zedalis, Julianne, and John Eggebrecht. Biology for AP® Courses. 1st edition. OpenStax College.
Boykin and Keller, Environmental Science: Earth as a Living Planet.
Or other Environmental Science textbook less than 10 years old
Below is a list of suggested texts, as listed on the College Board’s AP Central Environmental Science course audit page, if the student is interested in taking the AP Environmental Science Test.
- Berg, Linda, Peter Raven, David Hassenzhal. Environment. New York, NY: John Wiley and Sons.
- Botkin, Daniel and Edward Keller. Environmental Science: Earth as a Living Planet. New York, NY: John Wiley and Sons.
- Brennan, Scott R. and Jay H. Withgott. Environment: The Science Behind the Stories. San Francisco, CA: Pearson Education.
- Chiras, Daniel D. Environmental Science. Boston, MA: Jones and Bartlett.
- Cunningham, William and Mary Cunningham. Environmental Science: A Global Concern. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Higher Education.
- Enger, Eldon and Bradley Smith. Environmental Science: A Study of Interrelationships. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Higher Education.
- Friedland, Andrew and Rick Relyea. Environmental Science for AP. W. H. Freeman and Company.
- Laposata, Matthew and Scott Brennan. Environment: The Science Behind the Stories–AP Edition. San Francisco, CA: Pearson Education.
- Miller, G. Tyler and Scott Spoolman. Living in the Environmental. Boston, MA: Cengage Learning.
- Wright, Richard and Dorothy Boorse. Environmental Science. Boston, MA: Benjamin Cummings.
Green: Marine Science: Marine Biology and Oceanography, published by AMSCO