Scholars Online Science curriculum
OverviewThe Science CurriculumFAQsProgram Design

The Scholars Online Science Program provides a unique opportunity for students to pursue an integrated science education in which the fundamentals of biology, chemistry, physics, and astronomy are set in their historical and cultural contexts and taught from the classical Christian education perspective that studying nature gives us insights to the mind of God as a Designer and Creator, and prepares us to accept our responsibility as stewards of His creation.

The curriculum is coordinated so that students completing each course cover

All classes involve online chat sessions, in-class reports, textbook reading assignments, homework preparation, frequent quizzes, semester examinations, and email feedback. Natural Science is supplemented by a range of web-based readings. The Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Astronomy use standard textbooks and multimedia materials that include web-based animations, videos, and interactive quizzes and exercises.

All science courses are open to all students who meet the mathematics prerequisites for the individual courses. Each full course is designed to accommodate students wishing to master the fundamentals of the subject at a level normally taught at the stated grade level, but upper level courses have included well-prepared junior high students, as well as adults.

Why take science online?

Online science with its dependence on a home laboratory program may not seem like the optimal preparation for college level science, but current studies indicate that students engaged in the independent lab work required by home study achieve better understanding of fundamental scientific methods, even though they are restricted to less sophisticated equipment, than traditional lab sessions in a well-equipped classroom setting1. If you are considering our sciences courses (or any online science courses), or are just trying to get ideas for your own science curriculum, we invite you to read through the The Design behind the Scholars Online Science Curriculum to find out why past students have found our instruction a unique opportunity that not only prepares them to perform well on the SAT and Advanced Placement examinations and survive college science, but also challenges them to see how science grew out of human experience with nature and religion. Several frequently asked questions about course methods, help for struggling students, and how we handle evolution and ethics in biology, are also addressed on our Science FAQs page.

Honors Courses and AP Courses

Some courses are offered at both an Honors course level and an AP course level. AP courses meet or exceed the College Board curriculum requirements and have been certified by independent review. Students in both levels use the same text and lecture schedule, and meet together for chat sessions twice a week, but because AP courses involve significantly greater lab work than the honors course, extra sessions are required for lab discussions as well as AP exam preparation. Students who attempt the AP option but fail to complete all required AP components will be granted credit at the Honors level.

Class Examples

In order to prevent disruption of the teacher's curriculum and to secure the student learning environment, Scholars Online does not allow non-members to visit live class sessions. We have, however, included a log from an actual chat session, changing only student names to protect their privacy. The content and flow of the course discussion has been preserved, so that you can get a sense of how the chat environment works. Note that while this is a non-audio class, students and teachers may enter HTML tags and unicode characters (unlike simple IRC sessions), and the log is preserved for student review.

Individual courses

Courses are listed the recommended order. Grade levels indicate those grades at which students usually have the required mathematical skills. (Click on small triangle next to course name to expand listing and review course description, meeting and homework expectations, instructor, and links to further information.)

Why take science online?

We realize that such a short description doesn't really give you much information about how the courses are structured and the material integrated, how we address ethical controversies in biology, or just help students who may be a bit overwhelmed by a "college-prep" course workload. If you are considering our courses, or are just trying to get ideas for your own science curriculum, please read through the The Design behind the Scholars Online Science Curriculum to find out why past students have found our instruction a unique opportunity that not only prepares them to perform well on the SAT and Advanced Placement examinations, but also challenges them to see how science grew out of human experience with nature and religion.

If you would like to see a course not yet listed, please use the EMAIL US link below to contact Scholars Online Administration with your course request.

Students who were enrolled in courses from previous years will find the teacher, text, and course description information available from the student's unofficial transcript, which can be reached from the parent's Account Management Center, or from an alumni's own Account Management Center.

To see details about an individual course, click on the black triangle to the left of the course name
> Natural Science I • 2016 listing - for reference only • Grade 7 or above

> Natural Science II • 2016 listing - for reference only • Grade 7 or above

> Honors/AP Biology • 2016 listing - for reference only • Grade 9 or above

> Introduction to Physics: The Forces of Nature • 2016 listing - for reference only • Grade 9 or above • [Summer course]

> Astronomy • 2016 listing - for reference only • Grade 10 or above

> Honors/AP Chemistry • 2016 listing - for reference only • Grade 11 or above

> AP Physics 1 and AP Physics 2 Combination • 2016 listing - for reference only • Grade 11 or above

> Natural Science I • Offering for 2017 • Grade 7 or above

> Introduction to Biology • Offering for 2017 • Grade 9 or above • [Summer course]

> Natural Science II • Offering for 2017 • Grade 7 or above

> IntroChemistry: The Chemical History of the Candle • Offering for 2017 • Grade 8 or above • [Summer course]

> Honors/AP Biology • Offering for 2017 • Grade 9 or above

> Introduction to Physics: The Forces of Nature • Offering for 2017 • Grade 9 or above • [Summer course]

> Astronomy • Offering for 2017 • Grade 10 or above

> Honors/AP Chemistry • Offering for 2017 • Grade 11 or above


1See Linda and Peter Jeschofnig, Teaching Lab Science Courses Online: Resources for Best Practices, Tools, and Technology, John Wiley & Sons, 2011.


To enroll in any of the courses listed above, log into your Scholars Online Account Management Center using the login link at the bottom of any page and select the member you wish to enroll. If you do not have an account, you may create one using the Becoming a Member link under Enrollment in the Navigation bar at the top of this page..



Scholars Online is currently engaged in accreditation evaluation by MSA-CESS for the 2017-2018 academic year. Courses taken from Fall 2009 - Spring 2017 were fully accredited by AdvancED and NWAC. For more information on accreditation, see our Scholars Online Accreditation page.