Peggy Wall, an online bachelor’s student in the for-profit American Public University System, had a fetal pig delivered to her doorstep last year, along with a dead frog and a grasshopper, among other animals.
The reason: The 51-year-old studies the natural sciences remotely from Texas and needed to perform dissections for her biology lab requirements. She followed written and photographed instructions from her professors.
That’s one way undergraduate science courses are adapting to online education, a convenient and flexible path to a degree for busy working adults.
While the natural sciences have been slower than many other disciplines to embrace online learning, experts say, that’s starting to change at some colleges and universities, particularly for nonscience majors.