This isn’t your typical science fair – study what you want!

Michigan Virtual’s diverse science courses make it easy to learn about the solar system to ocean ecosystems and everything in between.

High school course options for science include Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Forensic Science, Physics and more. Students are encouraged to explore the areas of science that interest them most. Courses are designed to be interactive and introduce the student to the subject before diving into specific subject matter. Students will be engaged and challenged throughout the course to ensure understanding.

Students interested in earning college credit can also explore Advanced Placement level courses. These courses will further prepare high school students for the College Board exams in Environmental Science, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.

Science Course Catalog

Sample Lesson: Balloon Lab


This assignment on the axial skeleton contained in Michigan Virtual School’s Anatomy & Physiology A course deals with the anatomy of the human skull. This lesson, like many of the lessons in this course is built upon a multimedia approach. Students are given an opportunity to watch videos eTextbook material that introduces concepts. As you can see, our eText is colorful and engaging. Students are also given an opportunity to engage in non-graded interactive practice activities that allows them unlimited time to master content. Assignment 5.2 specifically deals with the anatomy of the human skull and therefore our assignment is intended to test the students’ ability to use this new nomenclature to properly identify the bones and sutures of the skull, and to compare the structure of the adult skull to that of the fetal skull. This activity allows students to become engaged in the learning process and creatively demonstrate their new knowledge. The lab requires some very basic materials. The students will need two lightly colored balloons, a sharpie-like marker, and some type of digital camera. The directions for this activity include page references to the eTextbook to assist the students in gathering the necessary information. These directions also clearly indicate the required procedures for the students to follow in order for them to draw and label the appropriate bones and structures on their balloon for both the adult and the fetal skull. Charts provide the needed structure that directs the students to paste images of their completed activity for the instructors to assess. Pre- and post-lab questions are meant to help the students synthesize the learning.

Limited Course Capacity

We’re sorry to inform you that we have reached capacity for several of our Semester 1 and Trimester 1 courses. You’ll notice when attempting to enroll students in our Student Learning Portal that some courses are unavailable. While we are no longer accepting new enrollments for these courses at this time, many courses continue to remain open for enrollment.

With many students across the state 100% remote, demand for our online courses is greater than ever before. Because every course we offer is taught by a Michigan-certified teacher, this high volume of enrollments has created capacity issues for our teachers who provide each and every student with individual feedback.

While the Michigan Virtual team anticipated and planned for significant increases in student enrollments this Fall, the increased demand we’ve experienced has been unprecedented. As a result, we are taking steps to hire even more part-and full-time teachers to support larger numbers of student enrollments for Semester 2 as well as for Trimester 2 and 3. 

For schools that still need online learning options this year, please fill out the form at the bottom of our virtual pathways page to meet with someone to discuss other solutions. While some of our teacher-led courses are full, we may still have the capacity to help you in upcoming terms or can discuss timing to implement a whole-school or collaborative program in which local teachers from your school/district use our online course content to teach students. We also have free course content and resources available for you to use.

We know this is an incredibly stressful time for all, and we’re sorry if the courses you’re looking for are unavailable. We never want to turn away a student who wants to learn from us. Our top concern, however, is student success, and we have a policy to not take on additional enrollments if we cannot guarantee that all students will have a quality online learning experience. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate the unusually high volume of enrollments we are receiving.