What is Connect® Virtual Labs?

Connect Virtual Labs is a fully online lab solution that can be used as an online lab replacement, preparation, supplement or make-up lab to bridge the gap between lab and lecture. These simulations help a student learn the practical and conceptual skills needed, then check for understanding and provide feedback. With adaptive pre-lab and post-lab assessment available, instructors can customize each assignment.

What are Students Saying about Virtual Labs?

Which format of course material would you prefer?

Said Virtual Labs!

“I am able to complete at my own pace and not feel rushed or left behind. If needed, I can repeat something to better understand.”

Did Connect Virtual Labs create the in-person lab experience?

Said Yes!

“Questions throughout kept me engaged and ensured I understood what was going on. The immediate feedback allowed me to learn, adjust, and reroute.”

Virtual Labs Content

Want to enhance your course with Virtual Labs?


  • Virtual Labs Tutorial

Scientific Method:

  • Applying the Scientific Method: Pillbug Preference

How Enzymes Function:

  • Effect of Temperature
  • Enzyme Activity
  • Effect of pH
  • Effect of Concentration


  • Movement of Water Across a Selectively Permeable Membrane
  • Tonicity in Red Blood Cells
  • Tonicity in Elodea Cells
  • Tonicity in Potato Strips

Skeletal Muscle:

  • Shoulder and Elbow Movement Exercise
  • Electrical Stimulation

Nervous System:

  • Demonstrate Monosynaptic Reflexes


  • Effect of Concentration on the Rate of Diffusion in a Semisolid
  • Effect of Density of Media on the Rate of Diffusion
  • Effect of Molecular Weight of Diffusion in Air
  • Diffusion Across a Selectively Permeable Membrane

DNA Biology and Technology:

  • Isolation of DNA
  • Gel Electrophoresis

Lab Safety:

  • Hand Washing Procedure
  • Personal Safety


  • Operation of a Brightfield Microscope
  • Oil Immersion
  • Pond Water Wet Mount

Human Genetics:

  • Chromosomal Inheritance
  • Genetic Inheritance

Metric Measurement:

  • Length
  • Weight
  • Volume
  • Temperature


  • Motor Unit Recruitment
  • Time to Fatigue

Endocrine System:

  • Influence of Thyroid Hormone on Temperature Regulation
  • Effects of Blood Glucose Level

Mendelian Genetics:

  • Monohybrid Plant Cross
  • Fruit Fly Characteristics
  • Monohybrid Fruit Fly Cross
  • Dihybrid Plant Cross
  • Dihybrid Fruit Fly Cross
  • X-Linked Fruit Fly Cross

Respiratory System:

  • Mechanism of Breathing
  • Pulmonary Function Tests


  • Photosynthetic Pigments
  • Comparing Green and Blue Light
  • Determining Rate in White Light
  • Monitoring Photosynthesis with Carbon Dioxide Uptake


  • Differential White Cell Count
  • Hematocrit
  • Hemoglobin Content
  • Blood Typing

Cardiovascular Physiology:

  • Pulse Rate
  • Blood Pressure
  • Electrocardiography

Digestive System:

  • Enzymes and Digestion

*Urinary System:

  • Urinalysis

Evidence of Evolution:

  • Molecular Evidence

Chemical Composition of Cells:

  • Test for Starch
  • Test for Sugars
  • Digestion of Starch
  • Emulsification of Lipids
  • Test for Fat
  • Test for Proteins

Cellular Respiration:

  • Yeast Fermentation
  • Measuring Energy Production in Plants

Natural Selection:

  • Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria
  • Natural Selection in Insects

Eye and Vision:

  • Visual Acuity Test
  • Astigmatism Test
  • Color Vision Test 
  • Blind Spot Demonstration
  • Pupillary Reflex Test
  • Accommodation of the Lens
  • Convergence Reflex Test
  • Eye Dissection

*Sampling Ecosystems:

  • Biological Sampling 
  • Comparing Ecosystems

Aseptic Technique:

  • Ubiquity of Microorganisms: Sampling Surfaces to Bacteria
  • Transfer from Broth to Broth
  • Transfer from Broth to Slant
  • Transfer from Broth to Agar Plate


  • Smear Preparation
  • Gram Staining
  • Acid-Fast Staining
  • Capsule Staining
  • Spore Staining

*Isolation Methods:

  • Streak-Plate Method
  • Pour-Plate Method
  • Subculturing Techniques
  • Diluting and Plating Procedure
  • Counting and Calculations
  • Determination of Growth by Absorbance

*Medical Microbiology:

  • Identification of Unknown Bacteria from Patient

*Identification of Unknown Bacteria:

  • Establish the Identity of Five Different Bacteria

*Microbial Growth:

  • Oxygen Requirements
  • Temperature
  • pH
  • Osmotic Pressure

Bacterial Genetics:

  • DNA Profiling
  • PCR
  • Bacterial Transformation

Control of Microbial Growth:

  • Ultraviolet Light
  • Antiseptics/Disinfectants
  • Antibiotics: Kirby-Bauer


  • Survey of Microorganisms
  • Kidney Tissue
  • Microorganisms in Pond Water
  • Animal and Plant Cells (Human & Onion Epidermal Cells)

*Coming Oct.–Nov. 2020

Course Offerings

Below are the purchase options for Virtual Labs, which vary by course. See below to learn more.

Connect Virtual Labs Standalone

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Biology
  • Microbiology

*Each offering includes the same list of labs with added course-specific assignment types.

Included with Connect when using a
McGraw-Hill textbook

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Biology (Majors)
  • Biology (Non-majors)
  • Environmental Science
  • Genetics
  • Human Biology
  • Medical Assisting
  • Microbiology

*Virtual Labs included at no additional cost.

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