Institute for Biochemistry, Biotechnology, and Biomedical Sciences

About AP Capstone

AP Capstone is an innovative diploma program that provides students with an opportunity to engage in rigorous scholarly practice of the core academic skills necessary for successful college completion.

AP Capstone is built on the foundation of two courses—AP Seminar and AP Research—and is designed to complement and enhance the in-depth, discipline-specific study provided through AP courses. It cultivates curious, independent, and collaborative scholars and prepares them to make logical, evidence-based decisions.

– College Board (2016)

Click here to apply to the AP Capstone program.
The online application, recommendation letter(s) submission, and placement examination must be completed by July 12, 2016.

Read more about AP Capstone at the College Board.

Institute Program of Study

Biology Pathway
Fall – Junior YearSpring – Junior Year
Principles of Genetics and The Human GenomeMicrobiology
AP Biology 1AP Biology 2
AP Seminar I: Biochemistry, Biotechnology, and Biomedical SciencesAP Seminar II: Biochemistry, Biotechnology, and Biomedical Sciences
Fall – Senior YearSpring – Senior Year
Free ElectiveMolecular Genetics: From Genes to Proteins and Beyond
AP Physics I or C – 1AP Physics I or C – 2
AP Research I: Biochemistry, Biotechnology, and Biomedical Sciences*AP Research II: Biochemistry, Biotechnology, and Biomedical Sciences*
* All students who finish the program of study for the Institute will be eligible for the new Advanced Placement Capstone Diploma or Certificate.
Chemistry Pathway
Fall – Junior YearSpring – Junior Year
Principles of Genetics and The Human GenomeIntro. Organic/Biochemistry
AP Chemistry 1AP Chemistry 2
AP Seminar I: Biochemistry, Biotechnology, and Biomedical SciencesAP Seminar II: Biochemistry, Biotechnology, and Biomedical Sciences
Fall – Senior YearSpring – Senior Year
Biochemistry of the CellFree Elective
AP Physics I or C – 1AP Physics I or C – 2
AP Research I: Biochemistry, Biotechnology, and Biomedical Sciences*AP Research I: Biochemistry, Biotechnology, and Biomedical Sciences*
* All students who finish the program of study for the Institute will be eligible for the new Advanced Placement Capstone Diploma or Certificate.

Student Eligibility and Requirements

  • Meet all requirements for admissions to the Indiana Academy.
  • AP Capstone application materials will be distributed at Summer Orientation.
  • Must have completed at least one year each of laboratory biology and laboratory chemistry with no lower than a B average.
  • Provide at least one written recommendation from a high school biology or chemistry teacher. If unavailable, a recommendation from a high school guidance counselor, employer, clergy, etc. would be acceptable.
  • Letter of intent by the applicant demonstrating interest, commitment to the program, and a description of future aspirations.
  • Placement exam completed by July 12.
  • An interview may be required
Sample Junior Schedule
 Fall – Junior YearCreditsSpring – Junior YearCredits
EnglishAmerican Literature1.00World Literature1.00
Social ScienceFoundations of Amer. Exp.1.00American History 11.00
MathematicsPre-Calculus 1 or AP Calculus AB/BC 11.00Pre-Calculus 2 or AP Calculus AB/BC 21.00
Foreign LanguageLanguage – Year 11.25Language – Year 11.25
Computer LiteracyComputer apps.(0.50)*
Biotechnology InstitutePrin. Genetics and the Human Genome1.50Microbiology or Intro. Organic & Biochem1.50
Biotechnology InstituteAP Biology 1 or AP Chemistry 11.50AP Biology 2 or AP Chemistry 21.50
Colloquium / ResearchAP Seminar I: Biochemistry, Biotechnology, and Biomedical Sciences1.00AP Seminar II: Biochemistry, Biotechnology, and Biomedical Sciences1.00
TOTAL8.258.25
*It is recommended to test out of the Computer Applications course before entering the Academy to focus time on the required courses.
Sample Senior Schedule*
 Fall – Senior YearCreditsSpring – Senior YearCredits
EnglishAP English Language 1 or Elective1.00AP English Language 2 or Elective1.00
Social ScienceAmerican History 21.00Elective1.00
MathematicsAP Calculus AB/BC 1 or Elective1.00AP Calculus AB/BC 2 or Elective1.00
Foreign LanguageLanguage – Year 21.25Language – Year 21.25
Biotechnology InstituteFree Elective or Biochemistry of the Cell1.50Molecular Genetics or Free Elective1.50
ScienceAP Physics I or C – 11.50AP Physics I or C – 21.50
Colloquium / ResearchAP Research I: Biochemistry, Biotechnology, and Biomedical Sciences1.00AP Research I: Biochemistry, Biotechnology, and Biomedical Sciences1.00
TOTAL8.258.25
* The College Board requires that each student must complete four (4) Advanced Placement courses, AP Seminar, and AP Research with scores of 3 or higher during grades 9-12 in order to be eligible for the AP Capstone diploma. Students who have successfully completed AP Seminar and AP research, but have not met the four AP course requirement, will be eligible for the AP Capstone Certificate instead.
Science Electives
Satellite Science Electives*Other Science Electives
Forensic ScienceAP Environmental Science
Human Anatomy and Physiology I & IIGalactic Astronomy
Introduction to BioethicsGenes, Germs, and Geography
Introduction to Engineering
Modern Physics
Projects in Engineering
Solar Astronomy
Zoology
* Satellite electives are those that relate to the field of Biotechnology. However, these courses are not required to fulfill the Institute program of study.

Elements of the Biotechnology Seminar Course

Team Project and Presentation

  1. Students in each team will select an issue/argument associated with the field of biotechnology.
  2. Each member of the team will do independent research on a perspective of the issue/argument.
  3. The team will give an 8-10 minute multimedia presentation based on the issue/argument.
  4. The team will submit a team report.
  5. Each team member will submit a formal reflection.

Individual Research-Based Essay and Presentation

  1. Each student will identify a research question based on source material provided by the College Board focused on a theme from the following domain:
    • Natural Sciences,Technology, Mathematics, Environment
  2. Each student will develop an argument based on gathered research and represent that argument in a formal report.
  3. Each student will give a 6-8 minute presentation on his/her conclusion about the formal argument.

End of Course Examination

Each student will be assessed by the College Board on his/her ability to

  • Understand and analyze an argument (3 short-answer questions)
  • Evaluate and compare the effectiveness of arguments (essay)
  • Synthesize information to develop an evidence-based argument essay (evidence-based argument essay)

Capstone Research Overview

Goal: The goal of the Capstone Research is to place each student with a mentor in academia or private industry in the fields of biochemistry and/or biotechnology. With the aid of the mentor, the student will plan and conduct a study or investigation related to these fields. This experience will provide students opportunities to:

  • Understand principles of qualitative and quantitative research methods.
  • Employ appropriate disciplinary research methods to develop, manage, and conduct an in-depth study or investigation in an area of student’s own interest.
  • Present (using appropriate media), exhibit, or perform and defend the research design, approach, and findings.
  • Document and reflect upon the research process and communication with mentor using a research log.