HSLDA Online Academy | Biology
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Biology

Master Teacher: Dr. Kris Mayo
Duration: Yearlong course offered in fall/spring (32 weeks).
Suggested High School Credit Value: 1 credit.
Suggested Grade Level: 10th grade level and up.
Tuition: $550 for HSLDA Members/$600 for non-members. 

Description: Biology students will learn about life from the cellular level and up from a Young Earth Creationist view. Students will develop foundational knowledge in biology by reading, researching and relating to the material through assigned readings and exercises, instruction, discussion, experimentation, microscopy, and dissections.
Watch a short introduction from Course Developer Dr. Kris Mayo.
Watch a sample clip of an Academy live class session. 

Biology w/Lab — Live Online Class Session Schedule,
August 27, 2018 - April 26, 2019

Class Section

Weekly Meeting Time

Instructors

Section 1
Closed–Section is Full
Tuesdays, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Eastern

Mrs. Lilli Ann Miller

Section 2
Section is Closed
N/A

 

Section 3
Wednesdays, 10:00–11:30 a.m. Eastern

Mrs. Noelle Stillman

Section 4
Thursdays, 10:00–11:30 a.m. Eastern

Dr. Kris Mayo

Additional class times will be added as they become available for registration. If you have questions, please call 540-338-8290 or email academy@hslda.org.

Frequently Asked Questions about Biology

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  • What topics will I learn about in Biology?

    Students who participate in this college-preparatory Laboratory Biology class will study a detailed introduction to the concepts and methods of general biology through a Christian worldview. Heavily emphasizing the vocabulary of biology, the scope of the course will include the study of:

     

    • The scientific method
    • The five-kingdom classification scheme
    • Organisms belonging to each of the five kingdoms of living things through microscopy and dissections
    • Cellular biology
    • Biochemistry
    • Molecular biology
    • Mendelian genetics
    • The evidence for creation vs. evolution
    • Ecology

     

    Students will:

     

    • Learn how to read, research, and relate to the material through assigned readings and exercises, instruction, discussion, experimentation, microscopy, and dissections.
    • Have the opportunity to participate in hands-on laboratory experiments, maintain a laboratory journal, and prepare formal laboratory reports.  
    • Learn how to learn for retention, and have the opportunity to practice study skills, time management skills, and critical thinking and rhetorical skills throughout the course.  

     

  • How much homework is in Biology?

    We estimate that the course workload will take 5-7 hours per week.

    During a typical week in this course, students will complete the following coursework:

    Each 2-week module consists of theoretical (week 1) and practical (week 2) components.

    Week 1

    • 60-90 minutes of live class instruction
    • Introductory lecture video
    • 2-4 module lecture videos (20-30 minutes per video)
    • Vocabulary learning and practice
    • 1 chapter textbook reading per 2-week module (~30 pages)
    • Key concepts outline (handwritten or typed

    Week 2

    • Lab experiment lecture videos (optional)
    • 2-4 lab experiments
    • Lab journal or formal lab report (varies by week)
    • Module test

    Throughout the year, students will also complete the following tasks:

    • Midterm exam and final exam
  • What books will I use in Biology?

    The official booklist for Biology is now available. In the official booklist, you will find information about the editions, book descriptions, and ISBN numbers.

    You can order course materials for competitive prices through our Christian Book Distributors bookstore. Use the Textbook Finder to locate the required resources for your courses. Please note that while most books are available through Christian Book Distributors, some titles are not carried and will need to be purchased elsewhere.

  • Am I ready to take Biology?

    Biology with Lab is designed for students in the 10th grade and above. Students must be able to read and write at a 10th grade level or above. Students do not need laboratory science experience before taking Biology.  

    Although all laboratory experiments are available for viewing by the students, performing the experiments at home with adult supervision is strongly recommended for a broader and deeper learning experience. Please also consult your state's high school graduation requirements, to ensure that your student is completing the work expected of high school students in your state.

  • What is a Live Online Class Session in Biology?

    In every HSLDA Academy course, students meet weekly with their instructor and classmates in an online classroom for additional teaching, discussion, Q&A, or group activities. The class sessions are interactive and are conducted using a web meeting software with video, audio, chat, and application sharing capabilities.

    Scheduled, real-time sessions in the online classroom are not the only form of instruction available in a HSLDA Online Academy course, but are offered in addition to lectures or other instructional materials that students are able to access online at their convenience.

    When they register, students will need to select a particular class section and live class meeting time. Additional class sections may be added to the schedule at a later point in the course registration period. Registered students will be notified of any changes to the live session schedule.

  • What if I have a schedule conflict with listed Biology class times?

    All live class sessions are recorded for later viewing. While it is recommended that students attend each live class session, students can make arrangements to watch the recordings and receive full participation credit.

    Students should contact their instructor at the start of their course to inform the instructor of any foreseen schedule conflicts. 

  • What is the tuition for Biology?

    Please visit our tuition and discounts page for a full summary about course costs.

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