Instructional Materials

BSCS instructional materials span from grades K–college comprehensive curriculum to supplemental modules. We develop materials using a proven process that has been refined continually since 1958. Our comprehensive development process makes use of the most recent research in learning and teaching. We work with top scientists, science educators, and teachers around the country to ensure that our materials are accurate, pedagogically sound, user friendly, and effective in the classroom.

BSCS materials stress inquiry-based learning—encouraging students to view science as an ongoing relevant process. Students come to understand and appreciate the tentative nature of science and the continuing importance to, and impact on, their lives. Additionally, many of our programs use the BSCS 5E Instructional Model. Each E represents part of the process of helping students sequence their learning experiences to construct their understanding of concepts.

Modules developed by BSCS with funding from a variety of sources including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Department of Energy (DOE) allow us to provide supplemental materials that bring cutting-edge science into the classroom. The modules combine science with state-of-the-art instructional practices. Modules are developed using the BSCS 5E Instructional Model, are consistent with National Science Education Standards, promote critical thinking, incorporate real scientific data to engage and challenge students, and are aligned to state educational standards. Each module includes full sets of teacher and student materials in addition to web components. NIH modules are available in HTML and PDF versions online. Print versions are free to U.S. educators upon request.

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BSCS Science: An Inquiry Approach represents a new generation of instructional materials for high school science. The program introduces students...

Cell Biology and Cancer teaches students about the revolution that has taken place in our understanding of cancer in the last 30 years. The...

By focusing on the science of toxicology, Chemicals, the Environment, and You: Explorations in Science and Human Health introduces students to...

In Doing Science: The Process of Scientific Inquiry, students explore the basic aspects of scientific inquiry by learning that science is not...

Drug Abuse, Addiction, and the Adolescent Brain is an exciting and informative new curriculum supplement from BSCS that presents students with a...

The module, Emerging and Re-Emerging Infectious Diseases, conveys to students the relationship between basic biomedical research and the...

This CD contains a set of engaging activities that align with the 2005 Evolution Symposium organized by BSCS,...

Frontiers in Microbiology provides high school and college biology teachers with an overview of microbiology, including the importance of knowing...