If you do 2 out of 3 of the kinds of labs, then you may call it Biology with Lab on the high school transcript according to Apologia Science.hsmom3 wrote:We'll be starting Biology in July and I was wondering about the labs. I read in the front of the book that the experiments are highly recommended but the microscope labs & dissection are optional. I have a child who is squeamish (like his mom!) and really dreading the dissection. If we do the experiments and the microscope labs, would that be enough to say we did lab for college admission? Or do colleges expect dissection to be included in biology? He's very interested in the science field (more physical science) but not biology.
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So if you leave out dissection this year, it's still high school lab credit as long as you do the other two kinds of labs.
If you get to 12th grade and are applying to a college that says they will not admit you if you didn't do a dissection, then either find another school, or do the dissections then in some format. I have not heard that colleges will get that detailed for that information. There will always be students from public or private schools who never did dissections for a wide variety of reasons.
Other options: get dad to be lab partner and be the one with the instruments while your child calls out the step by step instructions. I remember in high school biology, I was in a lab group of 5 kids and only one of us had to do the actual cutting. The rest of the group (including me) watched. We got our lab report done. Got my A. and that was the advanced class.
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