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Why Take Online Science Courses?

written by: Kathy Foust•edited by: Sylvia Cochran•updated: 6/25/2009

If you are interested in science, then you might feel like you would lose out by taking online science courses. If you have no interest in science, you might think it would be too difficult to take a science course online. Read on to find out why neither of these statements is true.

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    The Purpose of a Science Course

    If you're going to school for any type of degree at all, chances are you will be taking a minimum of one science course. It's part of almost every general education requirement. Of course, if you're planning to get any type of science degree, such as a degree in physics, then you are obviously going to be taking quite a few science courses.

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    Science Course Online

    Once you start in college, you'll find that you may be busier than you expected to be. The courses are more detailed than high school and you have half the time you used to have to learn the course material. That's why online science courses are something you may want to consider. You get the same knowledge about science that you would get in the traditional classroom, while limiting the amount of time wasted for travel.

    Most science courses include labs of some sort, and that may be a concern for you. Relax! Online science courses have labs too -- only, these labs you do at home. Whether it's using a chemistry set you ordered for the purpose of taking this class or measuring sunspots on the NASA site for a physical science course, you still get the hands-on experience and lab requirements that you would get in any traditional science class.

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    Who Offers Online Science Courses?

    If you're attending an online school, it is a virtual certainty that they offer online science courses. Even most community colleges are now offering most of the general education classes online, if not all. With that being said, know that if a school offers online courses at all, at least some of the science courses are going to be offered online.

    The only difference in costs for science courses would be lab and technology fees that may not be charged for other course because the other ones don't offer labs. You may also need to purchase some extra equipment such as a chemistry set for your science course online. However, the investment is worth it because you get to keep the materials you purchased. Not only that, but the lab and technology portion of the science course may lead you to sites and learning materials that you otherwise may have never dealt with.

    If you have an avid interest in science, then an online science course works well for you because you can generally go at your own pace and maybe even take some of the labs a step further than you would in a classroom. If you have limited interest in science, this method would also be best for you since all the lectures and labs are delivered online, giving you a chance to review them as often as you need to instead of sitting in a classroom listening to a lecture as you madly scribble notes.

    At any rate, there are a multitude of benefits to taking a science course online. It doesn't even matter if you are a scholarly person or one who struggles every step of the way. A science course online offers options that benefit either type of student.