The academic discipline of biology can lead to a career in medicine, scientific research or many other fields. Students who major in biology typically attend lectures, study from textbooks and perform laboratory experiments. The same holds true for online students, who, thanks to remote learning technology, have the opportunity to learn, study and attend biology labs online.
Studying biology with ASU Online includes an array of hands-on and virtual lab work performed from your own home. This ensures that, as a biology major studying online, you'll have the opportunity to finish your degree with practical skills and textbook knowledge.
How do biology labs online work?
There are two kinds of biology labs for students who learn online: hands-on labs and virtual reality (VR) labs.
Hands-on online labs are in many ways similar to the traditional image of a biology lab, just transposed to students' homes. In a hands-on online biology lab, you're sent lab instructions prior to the start of term, including directions on how to order and purchase your lab kit. There are a variety of options, including packages for multiple courses. You'll also be introduced to your lab instructor, who’ll be your go-to for any questions about the labs. Be sure to get your lab kit before the start of term, as well as your personal protective equipment (PPE), including your white lab coat.
When your package arrives, it’ll contain the resources you need, including chemicals and other biological material, in addition to detailed instructions on how to proceed. You can do the labs on your own time, as long as they're completed by the due date. If you're nervous about a lab, it's often best to get it done early. By doing so, you can ensure you have plenty of time to reach out to your lab instructor or biology professor before the lab is due.