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How does the lab portion of the science classes work if it's all online? Like for micro, don't you need a microscope, organisms, media, petri dishes, etc? I would love to take my last science class (physiology) online but my nursing counselor is off for the summer so I can't approve it through her.
I am not doing micro online as of yet so I can't answer that, but the Chem lab is a computer simulation program called, understandably enough, Chemlab. I think you can get a demo version at www.modelscience.com
. There are also home experiments that you do with things you can get at the grocery store. I think the combination works fine for the introductory chem class, but if you have never taken a chem class before in a brick and mortar classroom and you want to take more advanced chem classes with a lab, you might want to think about a course that gives you a live lab so you can learn to handle the various equipment. It is fantastic if this is your only chem class.
The A & P I am feeling a little mixed about. THere is so much memorization with this, that I feel like I am missing out by not touching things. THere are plenty of resources on the web, and I am looking at several textbooks so I can see different photos of the various body parts and slides, but sometimes I would like to touch a skeleton to have it stick in my brain. Both Instructors (Klepper for Chem and Jorstad for A & P) that I have are very responsive when I email them. They have their lectures in power point and in notes that are excellent. I think their expectations are pretty on the mark and I do feel I am learning what I need to learn.
It does take a lot of time. You save the commute time, but you do a lot of independent research. The upside is you can work "in class" at all hours.
Hope this helps.