The Bob Jones University Press middle and high school curriculum offers excellent, rigorous science courses with complete scope and sequence. However, since it’s designed for science teachers in a classroom, it is impractical for typical homeschool use. It is best suited for students with a strong interest in science and parent teachers with a science background, as lessons and labs are complex, involved and require significant teacher preparation time. Grades 9-12 (Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics) are harder to teach and more time-consuming than grades 7-8. The curriculum works well for homeschool co-ops where courses are taught by an experienced science teacher. Bob Jones does offer an online or DVD distance learning version of each course, which helps with teaching the course content. Providing the hands-on laboratory experience is still difficult for homeschools. This curriculum presents a Christian creationist worldview.

Bob Jones Science Curriculum Review – Grades 7-12
Curriculum Components Recommended Student Text, Teacher’s Edition with CD, Student Lab Manual, Teacher’s Lab Manual, Tests, Key
Curriculum Cost (per Grade) $210 for traditional

$300-350 for online/DVD

Hands-on Activities Cost (per Grade) $130-370 depending on grade
Strengths
  • Clear, engaging, and beautiful pictures
  • Detailed with clear descriptions
  • Excellent scope and sequence covers subject well
Weaknesses
  • One-time use of lab manual
  • Labs require extensive prep time
  • More classroom-oriented and less homeschool friendly
  • Requires a long list of materials and equipment
  • High cost
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Worldview Creationist
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Activity/Lab Prep Time 30-60 minutes

Star Rating: 5-Very Good, 4-Good, 3-Fair, 2-Poor, 1-Very Poor

Customer Reviews

BJU student book is wonderful
I am teaching an Apologia Homeschool Coop Biology class with 12 students. I ordered my Apologia book and it was great. However, I saw this book at a convention and knew I had to supplement my class with this wonderful book. It has images that Apologia does not. However, it has twice the amount of information too. The chapters do not line up with Apologia but if you know your biology well enough you can figure it out by matching up the chapters to the modules. Some of my homeschool students don’t like BJU due to family heritages. But I have found it to be a wonderful resource! (Review by Jennifer)

Great Book
This is a great chemistry textbook. It is best used by someone with some chemistry knowledge. Good mix of review problems and chemistry math problems.              (Review by Julie)

Wonderful
Just started using the kit recently. Has most all of the items that I need. I did a lot of research to find a kit that went with the BJU Biology 10 curriculum. It had so many items in it. If I had to buy the items individually, it would have been much more expensive. But this kit was wonderful. Their website is very detailed with its contents, and their customer service was very friendly and knowledgeable. Bottom line, I would recommend this company. Don’t waste your time researching elsewhere; this company has what you need. Thank you. (Review by Stuart C.)