Advanced Placement Courses

How Does Advanced Placement Benefit Students?

AP students demonstrate scholarship on national and international academic levels. AP students study in greater depth and improve their chances of being accepted by the college of their choice. AP students are often exempt from introductory courses in college and proceed to more advanced courses.

Advanced Placement Courses Offered At Lyman

AP Capstone

Developed by College Board, AP Capstone provides the opportunity for students to develop critical thinking, research, and communication skills.  Students complete AP Seminar and AP Research along with any four other AP courses.  Upon successful completion of all six AP courses, and a level 3 or higher on the respective AP exams, students will receive the AP Capstone Diploma.

AP Seminar

1700350, 1 Credit, 11-12

AP Seminar, the first course in the AP Capstone experience, allows students to investigate real-world issue form multiple perspectives as well as gather and analyze information from various sources in order to develop credible and valid evidence-base arguments. This foundational course focuses on the importance of engaging students in cross-curricular conversations and the efficient use of evidence based reasoning. Using an inquiry framework, students practice reading and analyzing articles; research studies, a foundational literary and philosophical texts; listen to and analyze speeches, broadcasts and personal accounts; and experience artistic works and performances. Students learn to synthesize information and visual presentations, both individually and as part of a team.

AP Research

1700355, 1 Credit, 11-12

AP Research, the second course in the AP Capstone experience, allows students to deeply explore an academic topic, problem, issue, or idea of individual interest. Students design, plan, and implement a year-long investigation to address a research question. Through this inquiry, they further the skills they acquired in the AP Seminar course by learning research methodology, employing ethical research practices, and accessing, analyzing, and synthesizing information. Students reflect on their skill development, document their processes, and curate the artifacts of their scholarly work through a process and reflection portfolio. The course culminates in an academic paper of approximately 4,000-5,000 words (accompanied by a performance, exhibit, or product where applicable) and a presentation with an oral defense. Students are highly encouraged to register concurrently for a statistics course, if they have not already completed one.


Prerequisites: U.S. History

2106420,  0.5 Credit, 12

This course provides students the opportunity to develop the analytical skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal with the problems, content and materials of American government. Emphasis is placed on content and interpretation of the Constitution, Federalism, Congress, Presidency, political traditions, and responsibilities of citizens Writing for College is recommended.


Prerequisite: Drawing I, Art 2D/3D, Portfolio, Ceramics I/II or Portfolio I

1 Credit,  11-12

These courses are for students with experiences in art processes and techniques that enjoy art making and the chance to express their ideas visually! Students must have a sketchbook to document research, preliminary sketches and experimental processes. Students will need to keep up with due dates, which may require working outside of class time. Attendance at an art show opening is required for every student.  Students will also prepare for the College Board AP studio exam consisting of the following sections: Sustained Investigation and Selected Works.


0100300, 1 Credit, 10-12

This course will provide students with the benefit of an understanding and enjoyment of painting, sculpture, architecture and other art forms within historical and cultural contexts. Students will examine the major forms of artistic expression of the past as well as those of our time and of a variety of cultures.


Prerequisites: Biology Honors

2000340, 1 Credit, 10-12

AP Biology is an introductory college-level biology course. Students deepen their understanding of biology through inquiry-based investigations as they explore the following topics: evolution, cellular processes, energy transfer, cellular communication, genetics, and ecology.


1 Credit, 11-12

These courses are intended for students who have a thorough knowledge of college preparatory mathematics and elementary (algebraic, trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic) functions. AB topics include functions and graphs, limits and continuity, derivatives and integrals and their applications. BC topics from the AB course are presented with increased rigor and additional topics in sequences and series are included. These courses are taught utilizing graphing calculators.


Prerequisites: Biology, Chemistry Honors, Algebra II Honors

2003370, 1 Credit, 11-12

With the ever-increasing need for innovators, problem finders, and designers of materials, pharmaceuticals, and even new fuels, comes the need for individuals skilled in the science practices and knowledgeable about chemistry. The AP Chemistry course provides students with training for such knowledge and skills through guided inquiry labs, a focused curriculum on content relevant to today’s problems, and an exam that assesses students’ mental models of the particulate nature of matter instead of memorization of rules to understand chemistry.


Co-requisite: Honors Algebra II

0200320 , 1 Credit, 11-12

Emphasis will be on Object Oriented Programming using the Java language, including the study of algorithms, data structures, and procedural and data abstraction. The challenging nature of this course requires the student to devote significant quantities of time and effort outside of regular class times, and students will need access to a computer outside of school.


0200335, 1 Credit, 12

AP Computer Science Principles introduces students to the central ideas of computer science, inviting students to develop the computational thinking vital for success across multiple disciplines. The course is unique in its focus on fostering students to be creative and encouraging students to apply creative processes when developing computational artifacts. Students design and implement innovative solutions using an iterative process similar to what artists, writers, computer scientists, and engineers use to bring ideas to life.


Prerequisite: English 2, Instructor Recommendation, and at least one year of Honors English recommended.

1001420, 1 Credit, 11-12

The purpose of this course is to discover the elements that define an effective argument and composition through the critical analysis and interpretation of multiple texts. An understanding of the interactions among a writer’s purpose, audience, subject, and genre and how each of these contributes to effective writing which will enhance critical thinking and analytical writing. Enhance your own writing skills and understand better each stage of the writing process as you develop expository, analytical, and argumentative compositions.


Prerequisite: Instructor Recommendation and successful completion of AP English Language is recommended.

1001430, 1 Credit, 12

The purpose of this course is to analyze and interpret literature through a more specific close reading practice and critical analysis with a focus on various genres and periods of literature. Explore literary elements such as a work’s structure, style and themes, as well as the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism and tone. Develop your writing skills as you express your ideas and analysis in expository, analytical, and argumentative essays. College credit may be awarded by participating colleges and universities based on a score of 3 or above on the Advanced Placement exam.


Prerequisites: Biology

2001380, 1 Credit, 10*-12

This is a college-level course which provides the student with the scientific principles, concepts, and methods required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them.


2109380, 1 Credit, 10-12

This course is designed to develop the analytical skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems, content, and materials of European historic development. This is accomplished by focusing on persistent themes and changes in history by applying historical reasoning to seek solutions to contemporary problems and by developing advanced critical thinking and essay writing skills. Writing for College is recommended.


2103400, 1 Credit, 9-12

This course introduces students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth’s surface. Students learn to employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine human socioeconomic organization and its environmental consequences. They also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their research and applications.


Prerequisite: U.S. History, Algebra 2 Honors or concurrently enrolled

2102370, 0.5 Credit, 12

AP Macroeconomics is a course that develops your understanding of our economic systems in our 21st century world. Throughout the course, students will be exposed to concepts that are part of our everyday life, enriching the experience for students so they can utilize the information learned. The course is designed to help students understand consumer principles, purchasing practices, monetary and fiscal policies.  


Prerequisite: Minimum one year keyboard or instrument training and be able to read notes and rhythm

1300330, 1 Credit, 10-12

The objective of this course is to develop a student’s ability to recognize, understand, and describe the basic materials and processes of music through the activities of listening, performing, composing, and analyzing.


Prerequisites: Biology, Algebra II Honors

2003421, 1 Credit, 11-12

AP Physics 1 is an algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course that explores topics such as Newtonian mechanics (including rotational motion); work, energy, and power; mechanical waves and sound; and introductory, simple circuits. Through inquiry-based learning, students will develop scientific critical thinking and reasoning skills. Lab Requirement: This course requires that 25 percent of the instructional time will be spent in hands-on laboratory work, with an emphasis on inquiry based investigations that provide students with opportunities to apply the science practices.


Prerequisite: Precalc. or concurrently enrolled

2003422, 1 Credit, 11-12

AP Physics 2 AP is an algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course that explores topics such as fluid statics and dynamics; thermodynamics with kinetic theory; PV diagrams and probability; electrostatics; electrical circuits with capacitors; magnetic fields; electromagnetism; physical and geometric optics; and quantum, atomic, and nuclear physics. Through inquiry-based learning, students will develop scientific critical thinking and reasoning skills. Lab Requirement: This course requires that 25 percent of the instructional time will be spent in hands-on laboratory work, with an emphasis on inquiry-based investigations that provide students with opportunities to apply the science practices.


Prerequisites: AP Physics 1, AP Calculus concurrently

2003430, 1 Credit, 11-12

This is a calculus-based college level course in physics. It is divided into two-sections: classical mechanics and electricity/magnetism. The extremely rapid pace and challenging nature of this course requires the student to devote significant quantities of time and effort outside of regular class time. This is the preferred AP Physics course for students who intend to major in physics or engineering in college.


2107350, 1 Credit, 11-12

This course is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and animals. Students will study the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major sub fields within psychology. Students will also learn about the methods psychologists use in their science and practice. Writing for College is recommended.


1210320 , 1 Credit, 11-12

The purpose of the AP course in Statistics is to introduce students to the major concepts and tools for collection, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. The four broad conceptual themes are exploring data, planning a study, anticipating patterns in advance (simulation), and statistical inference. This course is taught utilizing the T.I. 83 or T. I. 84 series of graphing calculators.


Prerequisite: World History Honors OR AP World History

2100330, 1 Credit, 11

In AP U.S. History, students will investigate significant events, individuals and processes which shaped the development of our nation from 1491 to the present day. Over the course of the year, students will practice the critical-thinking skills used by professional historians: primary source analysis, historical reasoning and evidence-based argumentation. Designed to introduce motivated students to the scope and demands of college-level work, AP U.S. History offers credit for up to two semesters of a traditional survey course based on student performance on the AP exam.


2109420, 1 Credit, 10-12

The purpose of this course is to investigate significant events, individuals, developments and processes in six historical periods from approximately 8,000 B.C. to the present.  Students develop and use the same skills, practices and methods employed by historians; analyzing primary and secondary sources, developing historical arguments, making historical comparisons, and utilizing reasoning about contextualization, causation, and continuity and change over time. Writing for College is recommended.