The Introductory Sciences course cluster is designed for students with limited experience in biology and chemistry. These courses provide a thorough introduction to the major topics and skills in biology and chemistry that will prepare students for more difficult courses. For Illumina Learning classes with recommended prerequisites in chemistry or biology, Illumina Learning's Introductory Science courses are a strong option. Course syllabi is created with our other course offerings in mind. These courses are taught by our nations brightest high school students including USABO semifinalists, USNCO finalists, Science Olympiad National Medalists, published researchers, and ISEF finalists.
This is a course for students to explore the basics of biology and develop a strong understanding of core biological concepts to apply to higher studies. Students will get a better understanding of biology, explore cell biology, chemistry of life, genetics, and anatomy at an introductory level. Courses start date is May but class times start Sundays from 4-6 PM EST. Grade range is 5+.
This is a course for students to explore the basics of chemistry and develop a strong understanding of core chemistry concepts to apply to higher studies. Students will get a better understanding of chemistry, explore atomic structure, the periodic table, themodynamics, and acids/bases at an introductory level. Courses start date is May but class times start Wednesdays 6-8 PM EST. Grade range is 6+.
Matthew is passionate about biology and hopes to support students as they explore their love for science. He strongly believes every student has the ability to learn anything they set their mind to. Matthew is a Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) Finalist and researched changes in the transcriptome throughout glioma progression. He is a USABO semifinalist and has won numerous medals in Science Olympiad. Matthew has also published two DNA sequences in the NCBI database and competes for his school's Science Bowl and Math Teams. Outside of science, he also enjoys playing the cello and running.
Her philosophy is that passion births potential, and one of her greatest joys is in helping the students she teaches discover their passions for STEM. Amber is a Research Science Institute (RSI) '21 scholar, 4-time AIME qualifier, 2-time USABO semifinalist, USNCO finalist, and 4-time MIT Science Olympiad medalist. She conducts systems biology research at Stony Brook University's Laufer Center for Physical and Quantitative Biology, and is first-author of a research preprint published in medRxiv. Outside of research, she is a Regional Director of ScioVirtual and teaches anatomy and statistics classes to middle school students.
Amy is passionate about teaching and writing, and she believes that it is important to encourage young students to explore challenging fields and engage with the world around them. Amy is a national gold and silver writing medalist in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. She is the science & news editor of her school newspaper, and conducts research on image processing at Brookhaven National Laboratory. She is also a nationally-awarded pianist, a congressional campaign intern, and a recipient of a Gold-Level President's Volunteer Service Award.