When choosing our homeschool high school elective courses, we tried to make them interest based.
Our oldest daughter has always loved animals and been interested in science, especially biology.
Because of this interest, we planned for her to take Apologia’s Biology, Marine Biology, and Advanced Biology for some of her science credits.
She also had an interest in Microbiology. Unfortunately, I don’t know much about the subject, so I looked for a way for her to self-study the subject as a STEM based homeschool high school elective.
I found a couple of great resources for a STEM class from a Biblical perspective and created a high school class schedule for her.
Here are the resources we used in our Microbiology Class:
The Microbiology Class Schedule:
This Microbiology homeschool elective is designed to be completed over the course of 16 weeks or one semester. It took her 60-70 hours to complete, so we counted it as 1/2 high school credit.
The class schedule is written in a weekly format with each assignment written for the entire week. I wanted her to have the opportunity to pace herself and learn how to schedule her tasks out through the week on her own.
The class starts off with the first few chapters of the Genesis of Germs book, reading the chapters and completing the chapter questions. The student will learn about God’s design of microbes and bacteria.
The class then switches to studying Louis Pasteur more in-depth by reading a biography written about him and his work. Learn about pasteurization and Pasteur’s development of the rabies vaccine.
Then, return to finish the Genesis of Germs book to learn about fungi, viruses, plagues, and more.
At the end of the class, the student will turn in a 5-6 page research paper on a microbiology topic of their choice.