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3rd Edition

Self-Paced Biology


With Apologia’s award-winning Self-Paced Biology course, students will receive 1 year of access (from the date of purchase) to a self-directed, online homeschool curriculum.

This course includes a digital version of Exploring Creation with Biology, 3rd Edition; an audio narration of the textbook; video lessons and hands-on experiments; and automatically graded tests.

You can try a free demo of Exploring Creation with Biology, 3rd Edition, which features Module 1 as a test drive! The demo has no time limit and includes all the features found in the paid course.

Recommended Grade Level: 9th


Apologia’s online homeschool Biology course provides students with self-directed learning tools to ensure they thrive and master the concepts taught throughout this course.

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Try a free demo of Exploring Creation with Biology, 3rd Edition, which features Module 1 as a test drive! The demo has no time limit and includes all the features found in the paid course.

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One-Year Access

Students will receive access to the self-paced version of Exploring Creation with Biology, 3rd Edition for 1 year from the date of purchase. They will complete the course via the Canvas learning platform.

What’s Included?

This online course includes the following:

  • Textbook – Students receive access to a digital version of the textbook Exploring Creation with Biology, 3rd Edition.
  • Audiobook – An audio narration of the textbook enhances online reading and is beneficial for auditory learners or students with reading difficulty.
  • Video Lessons – Instructor Sherri Seligson provides video lessons throughout each module to strengthen students’ learning of the concepts presented in the course.
  • Hands-on Experiments – Easy-to-do, at-home experiments are featured via video instruction to help students conduct hands-on experiments themselves.
  • Review Questions and Answers – Independent review questions and answers and a Study Guide are included in each module to allow students to practice the concepts taught and prepare for end-of-module tests.
  • AutoGrade+ – AutoGrade+ provides dynamic online testing for Apologia courses with multiple attempts, immediate answer feedback, and automatic grade recording. AutoGrade+ can be purchased separately for an additional student if needed.

NOTE: You will not receive any physical copies of the textbook, MP3 Audio CD, or Solutions and Tests Manual. These items are incorporated into the online, self-paced portal.

Technical Requirements

Before purchasing, please be sure you have read the browser and system requirements for Canvas, the platform on which Apologia’s self-paced courses are built. If you are unsure whether your system meets these requirements, please try the free demo.

Return Policy

Refund requests for an Apologia self-paced course must be sent to within 30 days from the date of purchase, with only module 1 having been accessed.

Course Overview

In Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Biology, 3rd Edition, students will gain an appreciation of God’s creativity and the world around them as they discover how the designs of the simplest living things contain the fingerprints of the Creator.

All Apologia courses are written directly to the student, so even complex topics are accessible and easy to understand.

Topics covered in this course include the following:

  • The Science and Chemistry of Life
  • Ecology
  • Cell Structure and Function
  • Cellular Energy
  • DNA, Proteins, and the Cell Cycle
  • Genetics
  • Evolution
  • Prokaryotes and Viruses
  • Protists and Fungi
  • Plant Diversity and Reproduction
  • Plant Structure and Function
  • Invertebrates
  • Chordates

Engaging Video Lessons

Each section of the textbook features engaging videos to help your student better absorb the information presented in the text. Instructor Sherri Seligson uses visual animations and on-location video clips to explain more complicated concepts in a three-dimensional, interactive way.

We’ve also included video demonstrations of all the experiments so your student can easily set up experiments at home.

Hands-on Experiments

Throughout this homeschool course, your student will connect video lesson instruction with hands-on experiments for maximum learning. Your student will conduct three types of experiments: microscope labs, dissection labs, and household labs. Household labs use easy-to-obtain household equipment. The microscope labs require access to a microscope and several blank and prepared slides, while the dissection labs require an additional dissection kit with specimens.

Automatically Graded Tests

The tests for the self-paced version of this course have been exclusively designed with automatic grading. After completing a test, students receive immediate results and explanations for any incorrect answers so they can re-review concepts as needed. They may repeat the test a second time to ensure they’ve understood all the material. The higher score of the two attempts will be recorded as the test grade.

Recommended Course Materials

Student Notebook

The Student Notebook for Exploring Creation with Biology, 3rd Edition, is highly recommended and is sold separately.

Purchase Student Notebook

Apologia Student Notebooks are specifically designed to help students work independently and take responsibility for their studies.

The Student Notebook contains the following:

  • Notetaking pages
  • Instruction in the Cornell notetaking system
  • Space to answer all study questions found in the textbook
  • Lab report forms for each experiment in the text

Notetaking helps students retain information, review for tests, and produce a record of their thoughts as they connect the concepts presented in the textbook with their own ideas. Taking good notes can make the difference between mastering a concept and not quite understanding it.

Additionally, our Student Notebooks help students keep a carefully organized, detailed, and complete lab notebook. Using the included lab report forms, students can record the information they gather during experiments and master the process of writing a formal lab report.

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Karsten I.
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Great Online Class Alternative

As a student, I found the Apologia Self-Paced course informative, useful, and flexible. It allowed me to stay on my own schedule while still keeping the content and advantage of a online class. Fantastic resource.


Great for Students with Learning Differences

I loved that it covered the information in several ways. As a parent of a child with learning differences, the Self-Paced courses would suit her needs well. I have used Apologia many times in the past. I definitely would recommend this new Self-Paced option to others.



This is truly one of the best-looking Self-Paced courses I've seen. Apologia has done their research in creating this fantastic resource.

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