Science Shepherd is excited to offer live, online homeschool Biology, Life Science, Physics and Chemistry classes taught once per week, in 45—60-minute classes, plus time for student questions. Each class is recorded and available anytime should your student miss a class or want to watch it again. Students access the weekly live class and previously recorded lessons via the Science Shepherd student portal.
About the Professor
Our live homeschool science classes are taught online by Dr. Scott Hardin, physician and author of Science Shepherd Biology, Life Science, Fundamentals of Chemistry and Fundamentals of Physics textbooks and courses.
Dr. Hardin has a passion for teaching, no matter the age or experience level of the student. Over the past 30 years, Dr. Hardin has taught grade school, middle school, high school and college students, as well as medical school students, post-graduate resident and fellow physicians-in-training, post-graduate physical therapy doctoral candidates, and has coached hockey, golf and soccer. He loves to teach! Dr. Hardin is a "young earth" creationist and enjoys speaking on the topic.
Students are 100% accountable directly to Dr. Hardin to complete assignments, take tests, complete end-of-chapter questions, for grading and to get questions answered.
Science Shepherd Biology is a comprehensive college-prep homeschool biology curriculum for high school (grades 9-12). Topics covered include the chemistry of life, cells, DNA and genes, plants, animals, anatomy and physiology, creation/evolution and more. See full scope and sequence.
Science Shepherd Fundamentals of Chemistry is a comprehensive homeschool chemistry curriculum for middle/high school (grades 7-12). Topics covered include the history of chemistry, atoms, bonding, molecules, radioactive chemistry and more. See full scope and sequence.
Science Shepherd Fundamentals of Physics is a comprehensive homeschool physics curriculum for middle/high school (grades 8-12). Topics covered include the states of matter, Newton's laws of motion, waves, radioactive physics and more. See full scope and sequence.
This course teaches Science Shepherd Fundamentals of Chemistry 1st semester and then Fundamentals of Physics 2nd semester. Science Shepherd Fundamentals of Chemistry is a comprehensive middle/high school (grades 7-12) curriculum. Topics covered include the history of chemistry, atoms, bonding, molecules, radioactive chemistry and more (see full scope and sequence). Fundamentals of Physics is a comprehensive middle/high school (grades 8-12) curriculum. Topics covered include the states of matter, Newton's laws of motion, waves, radioactive physics and more (see full scope and sequence).
Science Shepherd Life Science is a comprehensive homeschool life science curriculum for middle/high school (grades 6-10). Topics covered include the characteristics of life, cells, heredity, classification, anatomy and physiology, creation/evolution and more. See full scope and sequence.
Each live class meets one (1) time per week via video through the Science Shepherd student portal.
Tuesday: Biology and Life Science; August 23, 2022 to May 2, 2023.
Thursday: Fundamentals of Chemistry, Fundamentals of Physics and bundled Fundamentals of Chemistry (1st semester) with Fundamentals of Physics (2nd semester); August 25, 2022 to May 4, 2023.
Students may have the opportunity to participate in an additional, lab-specific live meeting each week.
Please see each class's information page (below) for specific dates and times.
Student learning is assessed through end-of-chapter questions, tests and lab reports.
There are two options for grading end-of-chapter and test questions.
Option 1: Dr. Hardin grades the end-of-chapter and test questions.
Option 2: The end-of-chapter and test questions are automatically graded online by the quizzing application.
The difference is that end-of-chapter questions in the Textbook and questions in the Test Booklet are true-false, fill in the blank and short answer, whereas the automatically graded end-of-chapter and test questions are true-false and multiple choice. More details are available on the class information pages (below).
There are two options for “doing labs.”
Option 1: "Wet labs" performed in your home. This requires the purchase of the corresponding class lab manual and lab supplies.
Option 2: Virtual labs (100% on the computer). There are no supplies to buy and nothing to be done other than connect to the virtual lab program online and complete the virtual lab and lab report. This option costs an additional $250 per student. Note that many public and private school students (at all levels) regularly use virtual labs and “get credit” for them.
Either option is OK and it’s your choice which works best for you and your student(s). Please see the complete lab description on each class page below for more information.
Whether the student does the at-home "wet labs" or virtual labs, lab reports are completed and submitted to Dr. Hardin for grading and suggestions for improvement.
Labs are required for Biology and optional for Fundamentals of Chemistry, Fundamentals of Physics and Life Science; however, please consider that labs contribute significantly to learning the material, as well as to integrating logical ways to think and plan ahead in general. Labs are a very important part of science!