Online Class: Biology 101

Our online biology course with certificate encompasses all the principles of biology from the structure and function of the cell to the complexities of current Ecological issues.

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Course Description

Biology 101: A Deep Dive into the Wonders of Life

Immerse yourself in the captivating world of biology, the quintessential science of life. From the microscopic intricacies of a cell to the grandeur of ecological systems, Biology 101 offers a panoramic view of life's majestic tapestry.

Our course is more than just a compilation of facts; it's an odyssey that invites you to delve into the dynamic interplay of living organisms and their environment. As we chart the myriad wonders of plant and animal existence, we will also explore the fundamental principles that govern and connect all living beings.

Your Expedition Awaits: We've mapped out a comprehensive journey for you, composed of thirty enriching lessons:

  1. Setting the Scene: Introduction to Biology
  2. The Scientific Method: Your Trusty Compass
  3. Recognizing the Hallmarks of Life
  4. The Chemical Heartbeat: Role of Chemistry in Biology
  5. Delving into Chemistry Fundamentals
  6. Exploring Biochemistry and Allied Sciences
  7. Zooming In: Prokaryotic vs. Eukaryotic Cells
  8. The Powerhouses: Energy Conversion in Cells
  9. The Genetic Blueprint: From Mendel's Laws to Modern Genetics
  10. Decoding Patterns of Inheritance ... and 20 more thoughtfully crafted modules, culminating in current ecological discussions.

Each lesson has been meticulously designed to cater to learners of all levels. Whether you're a college student looking for a comprehensive academic resource, a pre-college student aiming to get a head start, or an avid learner keen on understanding the world around you, this course promises an enlightening experience. The content is complemented by vivid diagrams, stimulating assignments, comprehensive review exams, and a plethora of additional resources to enhance your learning journey.

Our course doesn't merely inform – it engages. Critical thinking assignments challenge you to apply what you've learned, fostering a deeper understanding of the subject. The self-paced nature ensures you can progress at your comfort, making learning both flexible and enjoyable.

Biology 101 serves as both a standalone comprehensive guide to the biological world and a personalized tutor to assist in revisiting concepts. The beauty of life is in its details, its broad strokes, and the interconnectedness of it all. With Biology 101, you're not just learning about life; you're experiencing the very essence of it.

Embark on this exhilarating journey with us. Explore, discover, and marvel at the wonders of the living world. Biology 101 is more than a course; it's an adventure waiting to be embarked upon!

Course Motivation

Biology is a pretty big branch of science.

By definition, biology is the science of life or living matter in all its many forms and phenomena. It takes a look at issues like the origins of life, growth and development, reproduction and structure.

Biology is further broken down into many different specialized fields, like microbiology, cellular biology, etc.

Its also served as the arena for a great deal of controversy and debate such as Darwinism vs. Intelligent Design and the like.

Unfortunately, the "science" of it has the potential to scare some people away. Admittedly, being such a huge branch of science, it has the potential to be intimidating. However, if you can break biology down to its basics, and use that as a solid foundation on which to build upon, you'll never have to cower in confusion again!

Enrollment's always open and the materials and lessons are available 24/7.

Biology 101 is an ideal course for college and pre-college students looking for a logical and easy to understand class in a self-paced learning environment. This course is additionally strengthened by integrating clear, well written text, a host of diagrams and pictures, critical thinking assignments and comprehensive lesson reviews and exams for each lesson.

Of course, high school and college students aren't the only people who stand to benefit from this course. Successful completion doesn't require any previous medical or scientific background. In fact, anyone over the age of 13 years is encouraged to enroll.

You'll begin with an introduction to the science of biology and progress through the related chemistry, studying cells, taking a look at the science of genetics and the principles of evolution, plant life, animal life and the delicate system of ecology.

Even better, you won't have to spend an arm and a leg on textbooks or other materials. This class was designed as a stand-alone platform which covers all the major concepts of biology. Everything that you'll need in order to succeed is provided for you immediately upon enrollment. So, not only will you save time in the self-paced environment, you'll also be able to save money as well.

Grades are awarded based on your performance on each of the lessons multiple choice and true or false quizzes (which are worth between 20 and 25 points each). A few lessons will also include a short assignment that is based on lesson facts and opinions that were expressed. You'll need to maintain an average grade of 70% throughout the class in order for successful course completion.

By the time the class is over, you'll have gained a solid and clear understanding of the very science of our existence. You will be well equipped to further your studies in other scientific arenas as well.

While traditional classroom settings demand that you wait for a new quarter or semester to enroll, those delays are moot here. Class enrollment is open and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so there is no reason you can't act now to gain a competitive edge at school or in the workplace.

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Course Lessons

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Lesson 1: Introduction to the Study of Biology

Biology, the study of life in all its manifestations, initially focused mainly upon disease and its treatment. Additional lesson topics: Introduction to Evolution and Natural Selection video 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: Why this Course?
  • Assessment: Introduction to the Study of Biology Exam

Lesson 2: Scientific Method

All through history, individuals have employed methodologies of science in their attempts to discover new facts about nature. It is generally accepted that science is based upon a productive kind of methodology called the scientific method. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Assessment: The Scientific Method Exam

Lesson 3: Characteristics of Living Things

Life cannot be defined in such terms as weight, volume, or wavelength, nor can it be said that life is a liquid, solid, or gas. No doubt this baffling nature of life contributes in large measure to the fascination biology holds for many individuals. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Assessment: Characteristics of Living Things Exam

Lesson 4: The Role of Chemistry in Biology

One of the longest standing debates in biology is the question of whether proteins or nucleic acids came first in the evolution of the first forms of life. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Assessment: The Role of Chemistry in Biology Exam

Lesson 5: Chemistry Basics

To start from the very beginning, the entire universe is made up of what are referred to as atoms. Additional lesson topics: Hydrogen Bonds 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Assessment: Chemistry Basics Exam

Lesson 6: Biochemistry and other Bio-Sciences

Biochemists focus solely on the chemical attributes of biology in trying to explain various biological phenomena, whereas biologists study biological systems more broadly. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Assessment: Biochemistry and other Bio-Sciences Exam

Lesson 7: Comparison of Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Cell Structures

The term prokaryote ("before nucleus") currently is used in reference to bacteria and a group of simple photosynthetic cells called blue-green algae. Cells of all other organisms contain nuclei and are termed eukaryotes ("true nucleus"). Additional lesson topics: Cell Structures and Functions 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Assessment: Comparison of Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Cell Structures Exam

Lesson 8: Energy Conversion in Eukaryotic Cells

Whether potential energy is made available for work by a reaction, or work is done to transform some other kind of energy into potential energy, some energy is always lost in the process. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Assessment: Energy Conversion in Eykaryotic Cells Exam

Lesson 9: Mendel's Laws and Modern Genetic Terminology

The observations of Gregor Mendel on heredity in the edible garden pea represent the first disciplined, analytical inquiry into the mechanism of inheritance. Additional lesson topics: Mendel's Laws 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Assessment: Mendel's Laws and Modern Genetic Terminology Exam

Lesson 10: Patterns of Inheritance

Mendel was the first to present evidence for the existence of genes as particulate or material entities. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Assessment: Patterns of Inheritance Exam

Lesson 11: Molecular Genetics

It was in 1884 that Eduard Strasburger, Oscar Hertwig, and Walter Flemming first developed the idea that genetic material was carried in what are called chromosomes. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Assessment: Molecular Genetics Exam

Lesson 12: How DNA and RNA Work

Transcription is the process by which RNA is created. As it has been previously stated, while DNA can self-replicate, RNA cannot. Additional lesson topics: DNA and RNA 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Assessment: How DNA and RNA Work Exam

Lesson 13: Why Genes Matter to You

Your genetic sequence is entirely unique. There is no one else in the world, nor has there been anyone in the history of the world, with the exact genetic sequence you have in your DNA. Additional lesson topics: Rh Blood Groups 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Assessment: Why Genes Matter to You Exam

Lesson 14: Introduction to the Study of the Origins of Life

There are many different theories about the origin of life, ranging from life originating from spontaneous generation to life beginning in deep sea thermal vents or bacterial life arising from different parts of the universe. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 14 Video
  • Assessment: Origins of Life Exam

Lesson 15: Fundamentals of Life Origins

The theory of spontaneous generation proposes that life originated from inanimate matter other than seeds, eggs or parents. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 15 Video
  • Assessment: Fundamentals Exam

Lesson 16: Other Considerations in the Search of Life

Scientists always look for water when they search for life on Earth and in space. 85 Total Points
  • Lesson 16 Video
  • Assessment: Other Considerations Exam
  • Assessment: MidTerm Exam

Lesson 17: The Development of an Evolutionary Principle: A Selective Overview of the History

Aristotle first developed his natural philosophy, the precursor to science. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 17 Video
  • Assessment: The Development of an Evolutionary Principle Exam

Lesson 18: How Evolution Works

Darwin's concept of natural selection provided the framework for how evolution did not occur randomly. Additional lesson topics: Darwin and Natural Selection 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 18 Video
  • Assessment: How Evolution Works Exam

Lesson 19: Speciation

When evolutionary changes become so substantial that, by comparative anatomy, two groups of one species become too distinct to be placed in the same category, this results in speciation. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 19 Video
  • Assessment: Speciation Exam

Lesson 20: Accompanying Evolutionary Concepts

When a particular trait within an organism proves beneficial in the face of the pressures of natural selection, this is called adaptation. Additional lesson topics: Mendel's Genetics 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 20 Video
  • Assessment: Accompanying Evolutionary Concepts Exam

Lesson 21: Modern Evidence for Evolution and Common Ancestry

Gregor Mendel and the rise of the science of genetics was perhaps the greatest boost to evolutionary theorists, as the study of genetics provided an explanation of how evolution actually worked. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 21 Video
  • Assessment: Modern Evidence for Evolution and Common Ancestry Exam

Lesson 22: Why We're Here Today

Human beings evolved, just like every other organism on the planet, from ancestor organisms. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 22 Video
  • Assessment: Why We're Here Today Exam

Lesson 23: Dynamics of Population

When we talk about studying the dynamics of population, we're talking about quantifying the way population changes, both in the long and in the short term. 0 Total Points
  • Lesson 23 Video

Lesson 24: Human Population Dynamics

Because humans are far more unpredictable, it's more difficult to predict human population growth and decline than it is to predict animal or plant population growth or decline. 0 Total Points
  • Lesson 24 Video

Lesson 25: Ecosystem Structure

Studying the relationship between organisms and their abiotic environment helps us understand different kinds of adaptational processes. Additional lesson topics: Ecology 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 25 Video
  • Assessment: Ecosystem Structure Exam

Lesson 26: The Flow of Energy in Ecosystems

When describing good webs, we must make some boundary to the system of interest, otherwise the entire planet will be united in a single web. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 26 Video
  • Assessment: The Flow of Energy in Ecosystems Exam

Lesson 27: Major Ecosystems

This lesson explores the major ecosystems; marine, aquatic, estuarine, and terrestrial. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 27 Video
  • Assessment: Major Ecosystems Exam

Lesson 28: Biochemical Cycles

As energy flows through a food web, it is involved in chemical reactions at each trophic level, whereby atoms are combined, separated, and recombined. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 28 Video
  • Assessment: Biochemical Cycles Exam

Lesson 29: Succession

If left alone, the fresh scar of bare earth left by a landslip will gather a mantle of green as grasses and herbs sprout. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 29 Video
  • Assessment: Succession Exam

Lesson 30: Other Topics in Ecology

Mankind has introduced harmful elements into our ecological environment. Additional lesson topics: Ecological Society of America 69 Total Points
  • Lesson 30 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Final Course Poll - Your Opinion; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course); Course Comments
  • Assessment: Other Topics in Ecology Exam
  • Assessment: Final Exam
Total Course Points

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe the study of biology.
  • Define scientific method.
  • Define characteristics of living things.
  • Define the role of chemistry in biology.
  • Describe chemistry basics.
  • Summarize biochemistry and other bio-sciences.
  • Recognize the comparison of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cell structures.
  • Describe energy conversion in eukaryotic cells.
  • Define Mendel's Laws and modern genetic terminology.
  • Describe patterns of inheritance.
  • Describe molecular genetics how DNA and RNA work.
  • Determine why genes matter to you.
  • Summarize study of the origins of life.
  • Describe other considerations in the search of life.
  • Summarize the development of an evolutionary principle.
  • Describe how evolution works.
  • Define speciation.
  • Describe dynamics of population.
  • Identify human population dynamics.
  • Describe ecosystem structure.
  • Define major ecosystems.
  • Summarize biochemical cycles and succession.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Biology 101
Course Number: 7550569
Lessons Rating: 4.4 / 5 Stars (4,279 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, and Washington.
Last Updated: November 2023
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 3.5 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: UniversalClass Instructional Team
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $120.00 U.S. dollars

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