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Biology, the science of life, concentrates on the structure, function, distribution, adaptation, interactions, origins and evolution of living organisms, a grouping which encapsulates both plants and animals. Biology 101 will encompass the principles of biology that include the structure and function of the cell to the complexities of current Ecological issues. Topics will include: Methods of Biological Studies, Chemistry Fundamentals, Cell Biology, The Study of Genetics (Heredity and Molecular), Origin and Principles of Evolution, the Dynamics of Populations,  Ecosystem Structures and other Ecology Topics.    

This course is an excellent learning resource for the college or pre-college student. This logical and easy to understand class is divided into self-paced lessons, complimented with well-written text, diagrams, critical-thinking assignments and end of lesson review exams. This course is a wonderful, stand-alone resource covering all concepts in biology, and can also be used as a comprehensive review or a personalized tutor.


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Course Lessons

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Lesson 5: Chemistry Basics

    To start from the very beginning, the entire universe is made up of what are referred to as atoms.
  • 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.
  • 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").
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Lesson 10: Patterns of Inheritance

    Mendel was the first to present evidence for the existence of genes as particulate or material entities.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Lesson 15: Fundamentals of Life Origins

    The theory of spontaneous generation proposes that life originated from inanimate matter other than seeds, eggs or parents.
  • Lesson 16: Other Considerations in the Search of Life

    Scientists always look for water when they search for life on Earth and in space.
  • Lesson 17: The Development of an Evolutionary Principle: A Selective Overview of the History

    Aristotle first developed his natural philosophy, the precursor to science.
  • Lesson 18: How Evolution Works

    Darwin's concept of natural selection provided the framework for how evolution did not occur randomly.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Lesson 22: Why We're Here Today

    Human beings evolved, just like every other organism on the planet, from ancestor organisms.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Lesson 25: Ecosystem Structure

    Studying the relationship between organisms and their abiotic environment helps us understand different kinds of adaptational processes.
  • 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.
  • Lesson 27: Major Ecosystems

    This lesson explores the major ecosystems; marine, aquatic, estuarine, and terrestrial.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Lesson 30: Other Topics in Ecology

    Mankind has introduced harmful elements into our ecological environment.
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Course Title: Biology 101
Course Number: 7550569
Languages: English - United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and other English speaking countries
Course Type: General Education
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), 1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500, McLean, VA 22102.
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: April Graves
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Course Fee: $70.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $95.00

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, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
Introduction to the Study of Biology AssignmentAssignment25
Introduction to the Study of Biology ExamExam10
Scientific Method AssignmentAssignment25
The Scientific Method ExamExam10
Characteristics of Living Things AssignmentAssignment25
Characteristics of Living Things ExamExam10
The Role of Chemistry in Biology AssignmentAssignment25
The Role of Chemistry in Biology ExamExam10
Chemistry Basics AssignmentAssignment25
Chemistry Basics ExamExam10
Biochemistry and other Bio-Sciences AssignmentAssignment25
Biochemistry and other Bio-Sciences ExamExam10
Comparison of Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Cell Structures AssignmentAssignment25
Comparison of Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Cell Structures ExamExam10
Thermodynamics AssignmentAssignment25
Energy Conversion in Eykaryotic Cells ExamExam10
Mendel's Laws and Modern Genetic Terminology AssignmentAssignment25
Mendel's Laws and Modern Genetic Terminology ExamExam10
Patterns of Inheritance AssignmentAssignment25
Patterns of Inheritance ExamExam10
Molecular Genetics AssignmentAssignment25
Molecular Genetics ExamExam10
How DNA and RNA Work AssignmentAssignment25
How DNA and RNA Work ExamExam10
Why Genes Matter to You AssignmentAssignment25
Why Genes Matter to You ExamExam10
The Origins of Life AssignmentAssignment25
Origins of Life ExamExam10
Fundamentals of Life Origins AssignmentAssignment25
Fundamentals ExamExam10
Other Origins of Life Theories AssignmentAssignment25
Other Considerations ExamExam10
MidTerm ExamExam75
The Development of an Evolutionary Principle AssignmentAssignment25
The Development of an Evolutionary Principle ExamExam10
How Evolution Works AssignmentAssignment25
How Evolution Works ExamExam10
Speciation AssignmentAssignment25
Speciation ExamExam10
Evolutionary Concepts AssignmentAssignment25
Accompanying Evolutionary Concepts ExamExam10
Modern Evolutionary Evidence AssignmentAssignment25
Modern Evidence for Evolution and Common Ancestry ExamExam10
Process of Evolution AssignmentAssignment25
Why We're Here Today ExamExam10
Dynamics of Population AssignmentAssignment20
Human Population DynamicsAssignment20
Ecosystem Structure AssignmentAssignment25
Ecosystem Structure ExamExam10
The Flow of Energy in Ecosystems AssignmentAssignment25
The Flow of Energy in Ecosystems ExamExam10
Ecosystems AssignmentAssignment25
Major Ecosystems ExamExam10
Biochemical Cycles AssignmentAssignment25
Biochemical Cycles ExamExam10
Succession AssignmentAssignment25
Succession ExamExam10
Other Topics in Ecology AssignmentAssignment25
Other Topics in Ecology ExamExam9
Final ExamExam60
Total Points:1154
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