Self-Paced Biology - Apologia (2023)


This is the self-paced version of Exploring Creation with Biology,3rd Edition. Your student will complete this self-paced course via the Self-Paced by Apologia portal on the Canvas platform. The one-year access to this course begins at the time of purchase.
Our award-winning 3rd edition high school biology course offers more in-depth discussions and explanations of concepts, a more user-friendly flow of topics, as well as biographical sketches of Christian scientists who have made a difference in the field while giving the glory to God.

This course provides a rigorous foundation in biology in order to prepare your student for college-level studies.

Special Notes:

  • This is the online, self-paced version that is completed via the Self-Paced by Apologia portal on the Canvas platform.
  • The one-year access to this course begins at the time of purchase.
  • You will not receive any physical copies of the textbook, MP3 Audio CD, Video Instruction Thumb Drive, or the Solutions and Tests Manual. These items are incorporated into the Self-Paced portal.
  • The Student Notebook for this course is highly recommended. You may purchase it here.
  • Return Policy: Any Self-Paced purchase is eligible for cancellation/refund if the request is made within 14 days from the date of purchase OR account activity is under 10 hours, whichever comes first. Please with your refund request and include the course name, your name and email address, and the student’s name and email address.
  • Before purchase, please be sure you have read the browser and system requirementsfor Canvas, the platform on which Apologia Self-Paced is built. If you are unsure if you meet these requirements, please try the free demo of any Self-Paced course.

What’s Included In Exploring Creation with Biology, 3rd Edition, Using Apologia’s Self-Paced Platform?

The self-paced version of Exploring Creation with Biology, 3rd Edition,offers one-year access from the date of purchase to the following features:

  • Full online curriculum text ofExploring Creation with Biology, 3rd Edition, authored by Vickie Dincher. This is the digital version of the textbook. You will NOT receive a physical copy of the textbook.
  • An audio reading of the text that your student can select to enhance online reading. You will NOT receive a physical copy of the MP3 Audio CD.
  • The Video Instruction course material, featuring Sherri Seligson as the instructor, integrated into the daily assignments. This is the same material included in the Video Instruction Thumb Drive for Exploring Creation with Biology, 3rd Edition. You will NOT receive a physical copy of the Video Instruction Thumb Drive.
  • Straightforward at-home experiments from the textbook that are also featured in the video instruction.
  • On Your Own and Study Guide materials are the same as those in the print version of the textbook. The Self-Paced portal provides answers to these questions.
  • Unique tests complete with automatic grading
  • Desktop and mobile access

What Others Are Saying About Exploring Creation with Biology, 3rd Edition

“This high school book would make a student more than well prepared to ace a general college biology course in many ways.” – College Biology Major and Former Apologia Student

“The updated infographics and photographs are gorgeous and help a student to understand the information.” – Student

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“It’s better than ever!… The content is also thorough and up-to-date, providing a solid foundation for college-bound students.” – Cathy Duffy, | Read Cathy Duffy’s Full Review

“I am SO thankful for this revision of Exploring Creation with Biology, 3rd Edition. It is comprehensive, logically reorganized, and contains many useful infographics, while maintaining Apologia’s conversational-style learning from a Christian worldview and student mastery checkpoints.It is the winner of the four biology textbooks I have reviewed for my homeschool classes.” – Biology Teacher, High School Homeschool Co-op and Adjunct Community College

Overview of Exploring Creation with Biology, 3rd Edition

The digital version of this textbook is incorporated into the Self-Paced platform. You will not receive a physical copy of the textbook. Exploring Creation with Biology, 3rd Edition, is designed to be the student’s first high school science course. It is a college-prep biology course that provides a detailed introduction to the methods and concepts of general biology.

In this course, your student will:

  • See the evidence of God’s creation as they learn scientific principles
  • Conduct experiments in a methodical way that prepares them not just for future classes, but for life
  • Take personal notes, conduct and record experiments, and be able to interpret results
  • Develop skills to think through and beyond the textbook materials, and be able to create their own experiments from concept to interpretation of results
  • Further develop skills in their own learning style and how they best process, record, study, and retain information learned
  • Be able to hold a logical discussion on God and science based on facts and beliefs

In the 3rd Edition, your student will find:

(Video) Self-Paced by Apologia

  • Updated content to present the most current science
  • A reorganized structure of the information, which helps students logically progress through their biological studies
  • Experiments which have been updated or replaced, and the addition of new experiments
  • New illustrations and infographics that help students break down and visually digest difficult concepts, in addition to updated images and illustrations
  • New content, including a new section on photosynthesis and a new section on diseases.
  • An overhaul of the section on genetics, including more information on DNA

Experiments, Hands-On Activities, and Topics inExploring Creation with Biology, 3rd Edition

In this 3rd Edition, all experiments have been updated or replaced, and new ones added. The experiments come in three types: microscope labs, dissection labs, and household labs. Household labs use only common household equipment. The microscope labs, however, require a microscope and several prepared and blank slides, while the dissection labs require an additional dissection kit with specimens.

“Creation Connection” and “Think About This” call-outs help students see connections to a Designer and give students another way of thinking about a concept that they are studying. Our books are known for their conversational style, and these sections extend the conversation.

Topics covered include:

  • The Science of Life
    • The processes of science, including what scientists do, the scientific method, the tools of science and the limitations of science
  • The Chemistry of Life
    • The composition of matter, the properties of water, lipids, proteins, and enzymes
  • Ecology
    • Ecosystems, biomes, populations, and communities
  • Cell Structure and Function
    • Characteristics of all cells
  • Cellular Energy
    • Energy of all cells
  • DNA, Proteins, and the Cell Cycle
    • DNA replication, protein synthesis, and cell cycle & cellular reproduction
  • Genetics
    • Mendelian genetics, inheritance patterns, human genetics, and gene technologies
  • Evolution
    • Charles Darwin, micro and macroevolution, the geological column, and fossil record evidence
  • Prokaryotes and Viruses
    • Classification, Archaea, Bacteria, and Viruses
  • Protists and Fungi
    • Characteristics and classification
  • Plant Diversity and Reproduction
    • Classifying plants and life cycle
  • Plant Structure and Function
    • Plant anatomy and physiology, transporting water and nutrients, plant growth, hormones, and responses
  • Animals – Invertebrates (part 1)
    • Characteristics and diversity
  • Animals – Invertebrates (part 2)
    • Arthropods
  • Animals – Chordates (part 1)
    • Characteristics and diversity
  • Animals – Chordates (part 2)
    • Birds and mammals

Solutions and Tests Manual

A separate purchase of the Solutions and Tests Manual is not needed. The answers to all On Your Own and Study Guide questions have been integrated into the self-paced platform. The tests for the self-paced version of this course have been exclusively designed for this platform with automatic grading. An explanation for each test answer is included so the student can check their work and review once the test has been submitted.

MP3 Audio

The audiobook is incorporated into the self-paced version of Exploring Creation with Biology, 3rd Edition. Your student can click on the audio links and listen to the audiobook version right inside the self-paced platform! This is the same content that is found on the MP3 Audio CD.

Video Instruction Material

The video instruction for this course is integrated into the self-paced platform. You will NOT receive a physical copy of the Video Instruction Thumb Drive.

(Video) Apologia High School Biology Review and Inside Look

In the videos that are integrated into the self-paced platform, Sherri Seligson lectures, corresponding to all the titled sections of the textbook, using visual animations and on-location video clips. This helps students absorb the concepts in a richer and more engaging way, and it encompasses all types of learners. The animations help explain more difficult concepts in a three-dimensional, interactive way rather than in a static, two-dimensional text only. And the medium allows students to review material until they really understand it.
Additionally, videos of all the experiments are included, so parents and students can better understand how to set them up at home. Complete explanations of the labs are provided too.

Additional Recommended Purchases When Using Self-Paced by Apologia

Student Notebook

The Student Notebook for Exploring Creation with Biology, 3rd Edition, is highly recommended. You will need to purchase this separately. It does NOT automatically ship when you purchase this Apologia Self-Paced course.

Colleges want to see a lab component on your student’s high school transcript. This isn’t optional, and Apologia’s award-winning homeschool high school biology course and the Student Notebook are designed to meet this requirement without stressing your homeschool environment. Plus, note-taking helps increase retention of information, review for tests, and produce a record of their thoughts as they connect the ideas presented in the textbook with their own ideas.

Additionally, a student notebook helps students keep a carefully organized, detailed, and complete lab notebook, recording labs they conducted using proper scientific methodology. Taking good notes can make the difference between mastering a concept and not quite understanding it.
Good notes provide the following advantages:

  • Students stay focused on what they are reading.
  • Students pay closer attention, which will increase their retention.
  • Students have their own version of the text to review for tests.
  • Students learn to connect new information to what they already know.

Apologia Student Notebooks are specifically designed to help students be independent and take responsibility for their science studies as they gain and maintain their personal abilities to create structure and logic through note-taking.


The notebook contains:

  • A suggested daily schedule
  • Note-taking pages
  • Lab report pages enable students to meticulously document their laboratory work in a manner that prepares them for college laboratory studies.
  • Instruction in creating and interpreting line graphs from data, an essential skill all students need to thrive in science.

About theStudent Notebookauthor:Vicki Dincher holds a master’s degree in biology. Her four children, all homeschooled, have earned or are pursuing graduate degrees in the sciences. Vicki has taught high school science, including Advanced Placement courses, since 1995.

Enjoy a Demo of Self-Paced by Apologia

Try out Apologia Self-Paced for free. Module 1 of Exploring Creation with Biology, 3rd Edition, is available to take for a test drive! The demo is openly accessible to you with no time limit and features the first complete module of the course.

Demo Instructions:

Click “Try Demo,” and you will be redirected to If you do not already have a Canvas account, you will need to create one. You can do this by clicking “Need a Canvas Account” in the upper right-hand corner of the page. Enter a valid email address and a password. Click “Try Demo” again, and you can now login with your created account.

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gradeHigh School
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What is the difference between Apologia General science 2nd and 3rd Edition? ›

The 2nd edition had numerous modules devoted to Anatomy and the human body. The 3rd edition covers a broader variety of sciences like astronomy, meteorology, oceanography, earth study, geology, paleontology, general chemistry, general physics, and environmental science.

How many modules are in apologia biology? ›

At the end of each of 16 modules which take about 2 weeks each to complete, there are Study Guides to help students review their materials before taking their exams. Detailed answers to these questions are provided in the Solutions and Test Manual.

Is apologia a science honors? ›

Are Apologia high school science courses considered honors level? The following Apologia courses could be considered honors if a student has demonstrated good knowledge of the prerequisite subject matter and desires to go deeper into a particular advanced subject matter: Advanced Biology.

Is a D in bio passing? ›

Technically, a 'D' is passing, but it's a sort of a we-don't-really-mean-it pass. A grudging pass, or perhaps a mercy pass.

Is Apologia a curriculum Catholic? ›

For over a decade, Apologia has been a leading provider of Christian homeschool curricula to families across the nation.

Is Apologia a good curriculum? ›

Apologia is the #1 publisher of creation-based science and Bible curriculum with more than 75 #1 awards from homeschool parents and media. Apologia produces content that is written to the student in an engaging conversational style. The textbooks are academically sound, rigorous, and college-prep.

Is Apologia math spiral or mastery? ›

Does the author of Apologia Math take a spiral or mastery approach? The Exploring Creation with Mathematics series utilizes a mastery approach with lots of review. The author, Kathryn Gomes, connects the topics using a built-in review with the skills practice sections.

Does Apologia have high school math? ›

High school classes? College prep? Apologia can help. Besides textbooks, Apologia offers live classes, video lessons on demand (you can rent them digitally), and self-paced courses (we're thinking of taking the Precision & Significant Figures class, a prep course for high school science and math).

What is the best science curriculum for homeschool? ›

Best Homeschool Science Curriculum
  • Real Science-4-Kids – Grades K-8.
  • Real Science-4-Kids is fun, easy, and covers a wide range of science topics. ...
  • Apologia – Grades K-12.
  • BJU Press – Grades K-12.
  • BJU Press offers a traditional textbook-style learning experience with a teacher answer key and science labs to support learning.

What level is Apologia earth science? ›

The Apologia Exploring Creation with Earth Science course is written from a Biblical worldview with homeschool in mind. At the K-6 level, this course follows a Charlotte Mason-inspired methodology, with lessons organized around narration, notebooking exercises, and hands-on activities or projects.

What age is Apologia science for? ›

Apologia offers K-12 homeschool science curriculum that has been voted #1 by the homeschool community. Our curriculum is written in a conversational tone to help students learn to speak comfortably about a topic, as well as gain the ability to explain scientific concepts in their own words.

What are the 4 parts of Apologia? ›

According to Ware and Linkugel, there are four main categories of apologia, or four “modes of resolution”: (1) denial, (2) bolstering, (3) differentiation, and (4) transcendence (419).

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We recommend General Science and Physical Science in grades 7-8. For high school, we recommend the following titles: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Marine Biology, Advanced Biology, Advanced Chemistry, and Advanced Physics. This curriculum presents a Christian creationist worldview.

What grade is science 14 Alberta? ›

Science 14 - Sciences Grades 10-12 - Resources at Alberta Teachers' Association.

What is the pass rate for biology? ›

The Pass Rate
AP Class/ExamPass Rate (3 or Higher)Perfect Score (5)
AP Biology69.1%9.5%
All AP Classes71.13%19.57%

What is a B+ on a 4.0 scale? ›

87-89 3.3

Is 72% a passing grade? ›

C - this is a grade that rests right in the middle. C is anywhere between 70% and 79% D - this is still a passing grade, and it's between 59% and 69% F - this is a failing grade.

What is the hardest school curriculum in the world? ›

Japan, Singapore and South Korea are a few countries which have the toughest education system.

Is Apologia a secular science? ›

If you are looking for a science curriculum with a secular worldview, then Apologia is not for you. It is a Christian curriculum with a strong focus on creation science.

What does the Catholic Church say about homeschooling? ›

Absolutely, yes! In fact, the Catholic Church strongly supports home schooling. Several documents of the Church use language specifically stating that parents must be acknowledged as first and foremost educators of their children: Canon law.

What are the hardest curriculums? ›

It is believed that a Bachelor of Science in Nursing or BSN is the toughest course in the world as per the Guinness Book of World Records along with courses like MBBS, BCom, IAS, IPS and Engineering, etc.

Why are homeschoolers so smart? ›

Homeschoolers are smart because of socialization with parents, adults, and siblings. More parent involvement leads to higher academic performance, self-esteem, and happiness. There is less negative peer pressure, and they attend college, get good jobs, and raise homeschooled kids as well.

Do homeschoolers feel lonely? ›

Homeschoolers aren't necessarily more prone to loneliness than other people, but our loneliness can be profound. For one thing, we're parents, a condition that increases risk for loneliness across the board. (In one study, British mothers said their first year of parenthood was the loneliest year of their lives.)

Which is better spiral or mastery? ›

Increasing instructional time (mastery approach) helps students learn, and repetition (spiral review approach) aids learning. Some students may need more of one than the other, but both are beneficial. Some parents decide they want an approach that promises to cover each topic incrementally and thoroughly.

What is the most prestigious math competition? ›

#1: American Mathematics Competition (AMC) 10/12

The AMC 10 and AMC 12 are the first exams in a series of math exams that progress from the local, to the national, to the international level.

Is White Rose maths a mastery approach? ›

White Rose Maths has already been embraced by huge numbers of primary schools and parents in the UK, and for good reason. By using White Rose Maths frameworks and guidance to adopt a maths mastery approach, you can help all children achieve excellence in mathematics.

What is the hardest high school math? ›

What is the Hardest Math Class in High School? In most cases, you'll find that AP Calculus BC or IB Math HL is the most difficult math course your school offers. Note that AP Calculus BC covers the material in AP Calculus AB but also continues the curriculum, addressing more challenging and advanced concepts.

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We do, however, believe it is a strong enough course to be used for high school credit in 9th grade. Ultimately it is the parents' decision as to whether they use this curriculum for 8th or 9th grade, and we support that choice either way.

Which high school math is the easiest? ›

Which math classes are the easiest? According to a large group of high-schoolers, the easiest math class is Algebra 1. That is the reason why most of the students in their freshman year end up taking Algebra 1. Following Algebra 1, Geometry is the second easiest math course in high school.

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More than two-thirds of homeschooled students had parents who selected one or more of the following as a reason for homeschooling: a concern about school environment, such as safety, drugs, or negative peer pressure (80 percent); a desire to provide moral instruction (75 percent); emphasis on family life together (75 ...

Is homeschool best for ADHD? ›

Homeschooling offers great benefits and flexibility that are perfect for children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Providing your child with ADHD an education that can be catered to their needs helps them gain confidence and perform better academically.

Does homeschooling get better grades? ›

A NSW Board of Studies' analysis found the average NAPLAN scores of students who were educated at home were about 70 marks higher than the NSW average, particularly in reading, grammar and punctuation, and numeracy.

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Of the 200 students who took the Earth Science Regents, 86 percent passed with a 65 or higher and 92 percent reached the state variance grade of 55. Of the test-takers, 88 students notched at least an 85 on the exam.

Is Horizon math spiral or mastery? ›

Our Horizons curriculum uses spiral learning, which is why it is often a favorite for children interested or gifted in math. Rather than doing 20 problems covering the same concept to ensure mastery, spiral-based curriculum allows a child to do 5 or 6 problems that introduce the concept before advancing.

Does Apologia science have tests? ›

Each of 16 modules lasts 8 days (2 weeks), including tests, with an optional extra week each quarter to review modules, make up missed experiments, and take quarterly exams.

What age is Studyladder for? ›

For ages 4 to 12.

Is Apologia physical science high school level? ›

Technically, Apologia designates its Physical Science curriculum as a transitional course or one that would move students from elementary to high school. Some would consider this a middle school course, but our umbrella school considers Physical Science a high school level course for freshmen.

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Homeschoolers who use the Master Books Math curriculum rave about it. The lessons for every day are short with one exercise per lesson. All the lessons are story-based with a clear, practical application of the math that is being learned.

What are the two main strategies in an apologia? ›

An apology strategy is a linguistic expression or utterance used to realize an apology. According to Blum-Kulka et al. (1989), two main types of apology strategies can be identified, that is, direct and indirect.

What is the difference between apologia General science 2nd and 3rd Edition? ›

The 2nd edition had numerous modules devoted to Anatomy and the human body. The 3rd edition covers a broader variety of sciences like astronomy, meteorology, oceanography, earth study, geology, paleontology, general chemistry, general physics, and environmental science.

Is Apologia science considered honors? ›

Are Apologia high school science courses considered honors level? The following Apologia courses could be considered honors if a student has demonstrated good knowledge of the prerequisite subject matter and desires to go deeper into a particular advanced subject matter: Advanced Biology. Advanced Chemistry.

What does Apologia mean in Greek? ›

The Latin apologia derives from a combination of the Greek prefix apo-, meaning "away from," and the word logia, from Greek lógos, meaning "speech." In their earliest English uses, apologia and apology meant basically the same thing: a formal defense or justification of one's actions or opinions.

Is CTC math spiral? ›

Mastery or Spiral

CTC Math is thought out as a mastery approach program but with a few tweaks, you can easily turn it into a spiral approach by simply jumping from concept to concept as you need to. We use it as a supplement to Math in Focus so we are going with the mastery approach because M learns better that way.

What classes fall into science GPA? ›

What is the BCPM GPA? Your BCPM GPA includes all biology, chemistry, physics, and math courses taken as an undergraduate—not just the pre-med courses. Because there are many sub-disciplines of science, courses listed in a variety of disciplines may be counted as part of the BCPM.

Do you need a 30 level science to graduate in Alberta? ›

Diploma exams are required in English 30-1 and 30-2, Social Studies 30-1 and 30-2, Mathematics 30-1 and 30-2, Biology 30, Chemistry 30, Physics 30, Science 30, Français 30-1 and French Language Arts 30-1. Final marks in these courses represent a blend of school and provincial exam marks.

How many students get A * in A Level physics? ›

The proportion reaching the top grades has decreased, with 8.5 per cent getting an A*, down from 9.3 per cent last year, and 27.5 per cent getting an A or A*, down from 29.2 per cent in 2018. This year, 95.2 per cent passed the course, down from 95.8 per cent last year.

What is taught in 9th grade biology? ›

This course is laboratory-based science class in which students will study the cell, the molecular basis of heredity, biological evolution, interdependence of organisms, matter and energy, and organization in living systems and the behavior of organisms.

What grade is SNC2D? ›

SNC2D Science – Grade 10 (Academic)

Is high school biology easy? ›

Biology can be tough in high school for many students. It's a class with a huge amount of content. With exams that aren't always the most straightforward or simple. You'll have to prepare well and work hard to do well in biology in high school.

What science do most 9th graders take? ›

Most commonly, 9th graders usually focus on biology; however the beauty of homeschooling is parents can choose what course they want their freshmen to begin with. These can include chemistry or physics.

What grade is a 14 year old in USA? ›

Year / Grade Placement
AgeUK YearsUS/International Grades
13 - 14Year 98th Grade
14 - 15Year 109th Grade (Freshman)
15 - 16Year 1110th Grade (Sophomore)
16 - 17Year 12 / Lower 6th11th Grade (Junior)
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What is the hardest high school science class? ›

Physics 1

AP Physics 1 is considered one of the hardest AP classes, covering topics like Newtonian mechanics and electrical charge and force. Students also spend about 25% of their class time performing college-level lab experiments and writing reports.

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A Beka Science of the Physical Creation 9th Grade Student Textbook (Science of the Physical Creation): G. Parker: Books.

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Grade 13, which was officially called the Ontario Academic Credit starting 1984 — known colloquially as OAC — began being phased out with Grade 9 students in 1999 and was eliminated in 2003.

What is a Canadian Grade 10? ›

In Canada, grade 10 is the 10th year of mandatory schooling. Depending on province, it may be the first (grades 10-12 high school), second (grades 9-12 high school), third (grades 8-12 high school), or fourth year of high school (grades 7-11 high school).

Is there a grade 12 in Canada? ›

Also known as secondary school, high school runs from grades 9 to 12 in most Canadian provinces and territories, except Quebec, which starts in grade 7 and ends in grade 11. After successfully completing high school at age 17 or 18, students can go on to college or university.


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