• January 26, 2018
  • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Voyagers
This program will cover the field of biology from its fundamental principles through cutting-edge synthetic biology and drug discovery. Each week we will focus primarily on hands-on lab activities using high-quality microscopes, DNA-copying thermocyclers, DNA analysis gels, cell culture supplies, centrifuges, and other real laboratory equipment. Prior science courses are not required--new students are very welcome to join.

The spring 2018 semester of Biology will feature all-new material that was not covered in the fall 2017 semester, and that does not depend on any knowledge of that or other material. Students from the previous semester are encouraged to continue, and new students are very welcome to join us for this semester. Each session will have a short lecture summarizing the reading material but will mainly focus on hands-on lab activities involving that topic.  


This program is designed to provide laboratory experience and overview of fundamentals for individuals working at a range of levels. The level of learning will depend on the choice of textbook (from among the two suggested), the preparation of the individual, and the amount of work the individual does at home. Parents are encouraged to review the textbooks suggested in the syllabus to determine whether this course will meet the child's needs. Please consult with Dr. Rider prior to registration if you have any questions.



This is a continuation of the fall semester program. The two semesters fit together very well, but the spring semester may be taken independently. Registration for the spring semester is currently open.

Spring semester: January 26 to April 27, 2018 (excluding February 23 and April 20; makeup date May 4)

Spring semester will consist of 12 sessions meeting from 1:00 to 2:30 on Fridays.

Cost and registration

The cost for the semester is:

$355 for Voyagers members

$380 for nonmembers

Payment in full is due at the time of registration.



For information on course content, please contact Dr. Todd Rider: thor@riderinstitute.org.

For help with registration, please contact info@voyagersinc.org

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