21 Free Biology Courses From World’s Best Universities

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Many platforms, publishers, and blogging sites have made a lot of free content available to students. They are very helpful. But nothing can beat the FREE content from Harvard, Yale, Stanford, MIT, Oxford and most of the world best universities. These courses are very subject-specific, very well organized and easy to follow.

Currently, Gradhopper lists more than 1200 online courses hosted by it’s university or EdX which is the only open source platform. EdX offers a verified certificate for an additional fee, if you wish to include in your resume.

This article contains only 20 biology related courses, but you can find many more courses in agriculture, science, statistics, business management, economics disciplines and other disciplines in Gradhopper listings, only a click away…

  1. Fundamentals of Biology, MIT
    • This undergraduate level course focuses on the basic principles of biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, and recombinant DNA.
    • Lecture videos, interactive assessments, and exams will guide you through the course.
  2. . Foundations of Computational and Systems Biology, MIT
    • This course is suitable for undergraduate or graduate level students with strong backgrounds in either molecular biology or computer science.
    • Topics include principles and methods used for sequence alignment, motif finding, structural modeling, structure prediction and network modeling, as well as currently emerging research areas.
  3. Essential Human Biology: Cells and Tissues, University of Adelaide
    • Suitable for students in health sciences disciplines.
    • Topics include structure and function of human cells and tissues basic human anatomy and physiology.
    • Short videos, animations, interactive activities and integrated quizzes will help understand the human biology.
    • With an effort of 2-3 hours per week, the course length may take up to 5 weeks.
  4. Proteins: Biology’s Workforce, Rice University
    • This course covers topics on protein structure and functions and the methods to purify, analyse and characterize proteins and their functions.
    • With an effort of 4-6 hours per week, the course length may take up to 5 weeks.
  5. DNA: Biology’s Genetic Code, Rice University
    • This course focuses on DNA structure, organization and replication.
    • Video lectures, research articles, case studies, and molecular models will guide you through the course.
    • With an effort of 4-6 hours per week, the course length may take up to 6 weeks.
  6. AP® Biology – Part 1: The Cell, Rice University
    • This first course in a comprehensive series is designed to help students prepare for AP Biology exam.
    • The course focuses on cells investigating their structures and functions.
    • With an effort of 2-4 hours per week, the course length may take up to 4 weeks.
  7. AP® Biology – Part 2: Genetics, Rice University
    • This course focuses on genetics and DNA.
    • You will learn about Mendel and history of genetics, molecular genetics, the newest technologies, living systems and diversity of life.
    • 2-4 hours per week to cover the course in 4 weeks.
  8. AP® Biology – Part 3: Evolution and Diversity, Rice University
    • The third part of the AP Biology prep series focuses on evolution, how the evolution change diversity of life on the earth and interactions of biological systems.
    • Inquiry-based lab investigations and discussions will help expand the learning experience.
    • With an effort of 2-4 hours per week, the course length may take up to 4 weeks.
  9. AP® Biology – Part 4: Ecology, Rice University
    • You will learn about population, community and ecosystem ecology and interaction between biological systems.
    • With an effort of 2-4 hours per week, the course length may take up to 4 weeks.
  10. AP® Biology – Part 5: Review and Exam Preparation, Rice University
    • This course prepares students for the AP biology exam.
    • Course material for cell, genetics, evolution and ecology, and exam practise are included.
    • With an effort of 2-4 hours per week, the course length may take up to 4 weeks.
  11. Environmental Microbiology, MIT
    1. This course provides students a general introduction to the diverse roles of microorganisms in natural and artificial environments.
    2. You will learn about cellular architecture, energetics, and growth; evolution and gene flow; population and community dynamics; water and soil microbiology; biogeochemical cycling; and microorganisms in biodeterioration and bioremediation.
  12. Molecular Biogeochemistry, MIT
    • You will learn all aspects of molecular biosignatures, analytical techniques and occurrence of molecular fossils, chemical fossils and more.
    • Includes lecture notes and assignments.
  13. Systems Microbiology, MIT
    • This course provides an introduction to microbiology considering diversity, population dynamics, and genomics.
    • Topics include vaccines, toxins, biodefense, and infections including Legionnaire’s disease, tuberculosis, Helicobacter pylori, and plague.
    • Includes lecture notes, assignments (questions and answers), and exam questions.
  14. Laboratory Fundamentals in Biological Engineering, MIT
    • This course provides an understanding of experimental biochemical and molecular techniques from a quantitative engineering perspective.
    • You will learn discovery-based experimental modules focus on RNA engineering, protein engineering and cell-biomaterial engineering.
  15. Molecular, Cellular, and Tissue Biomechanics, MIT
    • This course develops and applies scaling laws and the methods of continuum and statistical mechanics to biomechanical phenomena over a range of length scales, from molecular to cellular to tissue or organ level.
    • Includes lecture notes, projects and assignments.
  16. Fields, Forces and Flows in Biological Systems, MIT
    • This course introduces basic mathematical and engineering tools in the context of biology and physiology.
    • Includes lecture notes and assignments.
  17. Molecular, Cellular and Tissue Biomechanics, MIT
    • Includes structure of tissues and the molecular basis for macroscopic properties; chemical and electrical effects on mechanical behavior; cell mechanics, motility and adhesion; bio-membranes; biomolecular mechanics and molecular motors.
  18. Biomaterials-Tissue Interactions, MIT
    • This course covers the principles of materials science and cell biology underlying the design of medical implants, artificial organs, and matrices for tissue engineering.
    • You will learn methods for biomaterials surface characterization and analysis of protein adsorption on biomaterials, and more.
  19. Writing in the Sciences, Stanford University
    • You will learn to become more effective writers in science.
    • Good and bad writing examples, tips, authorship, peer review, format of an original manuscript and more.
  20. Course Report Writing Stages, Oxford
    • This course will help you to build the knowledge, skills and confidence needed to write a variety of business reports, contributing to your continuous professional development.
    • Course length is 10 hours.
  21. Introduction to Project Management, University of Adelaide
    • This course discusses principles of project management and application in your own work and life.
    • You will learn core knowledge and applied skills in project management, essential communication skills to manage a project.
    • 2-3 hours per week to cover the course in 6 weeks.

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