My daughter has expressed interest in studying Botany for this year (she's a freshman) instead of studying a traditional Biology course. I have found a great course for her as well as additional supplemental materials. I want to make sure before I purchase the materials that our course will be accepted by colleges/universities as a bonifide biological science credit. Thank you for any insight, advice, or suggestions you can share!
~ Anissa in North Carolina
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I'd like to hear what people have found for Botany. That is the third science that we are planning on besides Chemistry and Physics, but I've had a hard time finding resources. Thanks!
There are many fine science curriculae out there, but I'd like to second Lee's recommendation of Apologia. It's fantastic. I'd recommend looking into the smaller, more specialized publishers for science if Apologia doesn't tickle your fancy or doesn't provide enough in a particular subject matter - I liked a lot of what I saw from such vendors at the homeschool convention. One of these days I'm going to take a course in geology from one such vendor, and I'm going to do it myself if neither of my kids is interested!
We did biology, chemistry and physics with Apologia because my son was going into engineering. When you have a child that is looking at a science field, covering those three can really help.
I heard Jay Wile speak one time about the vast difference between biology, chemistry, and physics. He suggested that we expose our children to each one. I think that's great advice, but I also know that it doesn't fit all homeschoolers. I would cover one or two of the "regular" sciences. Biology might be fun, and it doesn't require math. It's certainly different than geology or chemistry, so the variety might be nice!
I hope that helps,
How did your boys do science? I'm thinking of having mine work on an archaeological dig next summer, but didn't realize they'd need THREE. We're doing some Chemistry. What would you suggest for a third?