AP Biology: Example Textbook List
The list below represents examples of textbooks that meet the curricular requirements of AP Biology. The list below is 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 Course Audit curricular requirements. Earlier editions of these texts and other textbooks not listed here (including concise textbooks) may meet the AP Course Audit curricular requirements if supplemented with appropriate college-level instructional resources. For discussions regarding the usefulness of these texts and other teaching materials in the AP Biology classroom, please consult the Teachers' Resources section of AP Central.
More textbooks than those listed below may be appropriate for the AP Biology course. However, schools should make every effort to acquire textbooks no older than eight years old for use in this course.
Audesirk, Gerald, Bruce E. Byers, and Teresa Audesirk. Biology: Life on Earth. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
Campbell, Neil A., and Jane B. Reece. Biology. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
Freeman, Scott. Biological Science. Boston: Prentice Hall.
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.
Purves, William K., et al. Life: The Science of Biology. Cranbury, NJ: Sinauer Associates, Inc.
Solomon, Eldra, Linda Berg, and Diana W. Martin. Biology. Independence, KY: Brooks/Cole Thomson Learning.
Starr, Cecie, and Ralph Taggart. Biology: The Unity and Diversity of Life. Independence, KY: Brooks/Cole Thomson Learning.
Simon, Eric, Jane Reece, Neil Campbell and Martha Taylor. Biology Concepts and Connections, 5th Edition.
Starr, Cecie. Biology Concepts and Applications. 6th Edition. Cengage.