After reading this Inside Higher Ed article on home lab kits for distance learning, another obstacle for offering beginning level Biology, Chemistry, and Physics courses to non-majors should be eliminated. Lowering the barrier for those in degrees that aren’t specifically science-related will go a long way towards getting students who aren’t on a campus finished up with their educational goals. There is a cost associated with this – looks like most kits are around $200. Does that price compare to not having to attend on-site? Is this a fee that could be shared between students? Most labs offered in the classroom group students together so this might be an option.
The article sites two resources for these kits: