Since my Bear is a future science major, Zoology to be precise, he spends quite a bit of time studying science. He will be taking the Biology AP Test in May of 2012, so to prepare for that he will be doing a quite rigorous Biology course. The course is covering the complete Apologia Biology text and quite a bit of the Miller/Levine Text. Apologia takes the creation/young earth viewpoint and Miller/Levine is evolutionary/old earth. We are doing both because I want my son to come to his own conclusions AND clearly the AP Biology test won't be creation/young earth focused.
Apologia Biology 2nd Edition Student Text and Test/Solutions book
Miller/Levine Biology Copyright 2004 ISBN # 0-13-037601-x
Miller/Levine Guided Reading and Study Workbook ISBN # 0-13-115286-6
Miller/Levine Annotated Teacher's Edition for Guided Reading and Study Workbook ISBN # 0-13-115297-1
Writing Papers in the Biological Sciences by Victoria E. McMillan
Barron's AP Biology
Dissection Kit from Home Science Tools
I did not include the reading assignments from the Writing Papers in the Biological Sciences book. I am doing separate lesson plans for the research paper assignments and that book is included there. I have not completed those plans yet. Also, I did not include the AP Test Practice assignments. Additionally, I have not included any of the additional reading he will do for the books I listed here. I know it looks like a lot, and it is, but Bear is a voracious reader and devours most things science related. The additional reading will mostly be his choice and on his time frame, they are not requirements.
My son will spend an hour to an hour and a half per day on Biology. With AP test practicing and writing one research paper a semester, it could work out to a little longer. This will be our first foray in to AP testing so I honestly don't know what to expect. I may discover we are a little overkill or it may turn out to be just what Bear needed. The AP Test score will the proof in the pudding I suppose.
You can download the Lesson Plans that I uploaded to http://www.hslaunch.com/ I have the course planned out to be completed in 154 school days. Some days there are two assignments to tackle and other days there are three and four. They are in sequential order 1- 154 and the assignments are in sequential order within the 1- 154 order. I used Homeschool Tracker to create these plans. You may share them as long as you link back here to my blog when you are directing people to the lesson plans.