Online Class: Cryptozoology 101

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Course Description

The field of cryptozoology is considered a true science by some and by others it ranks somewhere in between UFOlogy and paranormal research. Our goal with this course is to provide students with the most accurate and factual information available, presenting it in an unbiased format so that students can decide for themselves if each cryptid (a creature of cryptozoology) is real, a myth, a hoax or a misidentified animal.


The course begins by introducing students to cryptozoology and examining the true definition of this interesting field of research. While many who are unfamiliar with the field may dismiss it as "ridiculous", there is a scientific basis for its merit, including the discovery and capture of animals that were once thought only to be of myth and legend, like the platypus, for instance.


Section two of the course focuses on the most popular cryptid of all time: Bigfoot. This huge, hair-covered creature has mystified mankind for centuries. Students will be able to read intriguing stories of sightings, see still photographs of evidence and read what experts have to say about Bigfoot's identity.


The third part of this course focuses on other famous cryptids, including the Loch Ness Monster, Chupacabras, Mokele-Mbembe or "living dinosaurs", and Thunderbird. Each has its own cult-like following of believers intent on proving that their beloved creature does indeed exist.


The last part of the course deals with cryptids that are specific to one area but whose stories have been sensationalized all across the nation. Whether it's the catchy name, like "Dover Demon" or the twilight zone-like stories, these cryptids are known worldwide and most locals are proud to live in their made-famous-by-a-cryptid town.

Course Requirements

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Course Contents






Section I: Understanding Cryptozoology


Lesson 1: What is Cryptozoology

Lesson 2: The foundation of Cryptozoology

Lesson 3: Famous Cryptozoologists

Lesson 4: Existing species that were once Cryptids

Lesson 5: Living species previously thought to be extinct

Lesson 6: What keeps unnamed species hidden?


Section II : Bigfoot


Lesson 7: Understanding Bigfoot

Lesson 8: Bigfoot evidence

Lesson 9: Sightings: tales or truths?


Section III : Famous Cryptids


Lesson 10: Loch Ness Monster and other sea serpents

Lesson 11: Chupacabras

Lesson 12: Mokele-Mbembe

Lesson 13: Thunderbird


Section IV: Local legends



Lesson 14: Mothman

Lesson 15: Jersey Devil

Lesson 16: Dover Demon


Section IV: Additional Resources

Course Materials

"font-family: ">All course materials are provided in this class. There is no need to buy additional resources. Links to resources required to perform investigations will be provided.

Grading Policy

"font-family: ">A brief review quiz and assignment will follow each lesson. Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade.

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define cryptozoology.
  • Know the origins of cryptozoology.
  • Know the famous cryptozoologists.
  • Know the existing species that were once cryptids.
  • Know which species were previously thought to be extinct.
  • Know what keeps unnamed species hidden.
  • Describe what bigfoot is and compare and contract various evidence of its existence.
  • Know the history of sightings and evidence of the Loch Ness Monster.
  • Know the history of sightings and evidence of the Chupacabra, Mokele-Mbembe, Thunderbird, Mothman, Jersey Devil, and Dover Demon, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
An Introduction1
Lesson 1 Exam10
Lesson 2: Scientific Proof of Cryptozoology10
Lesson 2 Exam10
Lesson 3 Exam10
Lesson 4: Extinct Animals that are not Extinct5
Lesson 4 Exam10
Lesson 5 Exam10
Lesson 6: Hidden Species10
Lesson 6 Exam10
Lesson 7 Exam10
Lesson 8 Exam10
Lesson 9 Exam10
Lesson 10 Exam10
Lesson 11 Exam10
Lesson 12 Exam10
Lesson 13 Exam9
Lesson 14 Exam10
Lesson 15: Jersey Devil: Hoax or Real10
Lesson 15 Exam10
Lesson 16 Exam10
Final Exam79
Total Points:274

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