AP Biology: Example Textbook List
The lists below are not exhaustive and the texts listed should not be regarded as endorsed, authorized, recommended, or approved by the College Board. Not using a book from this list does not mean that a course will not receive authorization. Syllabi submitted as part of the AP Course Audit process will be evaluated holistically, with textbooks considered along with supplementary, supporting resources to confirm that the course as a whole provides students with the content delineated in the curricular requirements of the AP Course Audit.
The specified editions of the following textbooks meet the AP Biology curricular requirements. Earlier editions of these textbooks or other textbooks not listed here may meet the AP curricular requirements if published within the last 10 years. For discussions regarding the usefulness of these texts and other teaching materials in the AP Biology classroom, please consult the AP Biology Teacher Community.
Example Textbooks Aligned to the Curriculum Framework
These materials have been reviewed by Learning List, an independent instructional materials review service for schools and districts. Inclusion on this Example Textbook List indicates some alignment to the course framework, however, it does not indicate that the material is aligned to 100% of the course framework. Learning List's detailed alignment reports identify the specific LOs and Practices to which each material is and is not aligned to help teachers use these materials more effectively. Contact Learning List for more information.
Starr, Taggart, Evers, Starr. Biology: The Unity and Diversity of Life, 14th ed. National Geographic/Cengage Learning
Other Example Textbooks
Please note that the texts on this list have not been reviewed by Learning List for the 2016-2017 academic year.
Audesirk, Gerald, Bruce E. Byers, and Teresa Audesirk. Biology: Life on Earth. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
Campbell, Malcolm. et al. Integrating Concepts in Biology, etextbook published on Trunity platform.
Campbell, Neil A., and Jane B. Reece. Biology. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
Campbell, Neil, Jane Reese, Martha Taylor, Eric Simon, and Jean Dickey. Biology: Concepts and Connections:
Freeman, Scott. Biological Science. Boston: Prentice Hall. (4th ed. 2010).
Hillis, David M., David Sadava, H. Craig Heller, and Mary V. Price. Principles of Life. Sinauer Associates, Inc.
Mader, Sylvia S. Biology. Blacklick, OH: McGraw-Hill.
Mason, Kenneth, et al. Biology (Raven and Johnson), McGraw Hill.
Mason, Kenneth et al. Understanding Biology, McGraw Hill.
Sedava, David, David M. Hillis, and Heller Berenbaum. Life: The Science of Biology, 9th ed. Sinauer Associates.
Solomon, Eldra, Linda Berg, and Diana W. Martin. Biology. Independence, KY: Brooks/Cole Thomson Learning.
Starr, Cecie, Christine Evers and Lisa Starr. Biology Concepts and Applications.
Urry, L.A. et al,. Biology in Focus. Pearson.