Conceptual Biology, Honors One Year Full Self-Study Online Course
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All chapters/chapter sections are covered. Author recommends an additional Lab Kit from e-Science Labs for Honors credit.
Presented in a storytelling manner, Conceptual Biology maps out the overarching and interconnected concepts of the science of life. We begin with an in-depth review of the chemistry needed to understand and appreciate the molecular nature of life. From this foundation, we explore the nature of cells, genetics, and inheritance, which sets the stage for “getting” evolution and the diversity of life. From there the journey continues into human anatomy and physiology culminating in an exploration of populations, communities, and ecosystems of which we humans are an integral part. Throughout, the concepts of biology are connected to a student’s daily life with relevant examples from medicine, nutrition, health, and biotechnology. Our main goal: nurturing a student’s curiosity and respect for the wonders of our living world.
The biology course is the only one that includes the PDF textbook, which is printable as well as accessible to screen readers and tablets. All courses include a video library, study advice, worksheets, interactive simulations, automated quizzes, and homework assignments tracked within an automated gradebook, unit exams, and instructor support.
Building on a foundation in physics and chemistry, Conceptual Biology connects concepts of the science of life. Beginning with an in-depth review of chemistry, students study the nature of cells, genetics and inheritance, evolution, and the diversity of life. Human Anatomy and Physiology, populations, communities, and ecosystems are included. Throughout the course, the concepts of biology are connected to a student’s daily life with relevant examples from medicine, nutrition, health, and biotechnology. Includes PDF Textbook (printable or viewable on tablets) video instruction and select lab activities. The MicroBrite Plus 60x-120x LED Lighted Pocket Microscope (item # 005955) is recommended. Two pathway options: 1-year self-study and 1- year Honors Course.
Taking a physics-first approach, students who have used a middle school Integrated Course should begin with Conceptual Physics, followed by Conceptual Chemistry and Conceptual Biology. If beginning this series at the high school level, then the student should begin with upper-level Conceptual Physical Science before going on to physics, chemistry, and biology. Parents/Teachers will want to verify courses that meet state requirements. Please note that the complete course requires purchase of the textbook AND the online course, except for Biology.
Conceptual Academy’s self-study courses meet the needs of college-bound students who plan to major in a non-science-based field. Taking a physics-first approach, this secular science program is a hybrid that integrates a textbook and online portal for self-study. Most courses require the purchase of a physical or pdf textbook along with the Online Course. Currently, purchase of Biology courses includes the textbook in a PDF format, as well as the online course. For other courses, see individual courses for textbook ISBNs that may be available from us or used through other online suppliers. Conceptual Academy also recommends the more affordable optional e-Textbook from Vital Source. Access information for the course will be emailed in 1-2 business days after purchase.
So, what is Conceptual Academy? Centered on video instruction created by the text authors, Conceptual Academy’s self-study courses are content rich and flexible for independent learners. There are worksheets, chapter summaries, automated quizzes and homework, a grade book, supplemental podcasts with chapter discussions, educational advice and interviews, chapter summaries, and more. Hands-on activities within the textbook can serve as the labs and use common household items. Also available are interactive simulations from University of Colorado and eScience Lab kits (additional cost). Purchase of the online course is for one year, one student. The courses can be accessed from laptops and desktop computers, and 'mobile links' are posted with each video lesson that allow play on mobile devices. Unless noted, the textbook must be purchased separately.
The sequence of these texts and courses are as follows: Physical Science Explorations and Integrated Science Explorations at the junior high level, then Conceptual Physics, Conceptual Chemistry, then Conceptual Biology. If beginning this series at the high school level, then the student should begin with upper-level Conceptual Physical Science before going on to physics, chemistry, and biology. Please note that the complete course requires purchase of the textbook AND the online course. Older edition textbooks can be used with modifications.
Items listed in this section tend to be complete science programs with a teacher and student component, requiring few supplements besides science supplies.