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Course SummaryIf you're looking to give your resume a boost, take this flexible course and earn an Introduction to Biology Certificate. You can earn this certificate in just a few weeks by watching short video lessons and taking our multiple-choice quizzes and final exam.
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About This Course
Spend about two weeks watching fun and concise video lessons to earn an Introduction to Biology Certificate. These lessons feature dynamic animations in which biological processes unfold before your eyes. You can see examples of active and passive transport in cells, watch cell division take place and learn about lab techniques and scientific data analysis.
Who's This For?
Veterinary technicians or assistants, gardeners, child development workers and nursing assistants who use biological concepts on a regular basis can take this course to keep their skills fresh. Individuals who want to enter the healthcare field or just want to refresh their knowledge of this topic can also complete the course.
No prerequisites are needed for this course.
Benefits of the Certificate
This course can offer numerous benefits for you in both your personal and professional life:
- Show your dedication to continuing your education throughout your career.
- If you work in a related field, mentioning this certificate on your resume can demonstrate to potential or existing employers that you have a solid background in biological concepts.
- A foundation in biology can be applied to personal hobbies, like gardening, or volunteer activities, like tutoring biology students, to name a few.
Introduction to Biology Program Breakdown
Start your course by reviewing the scientific method, the metric system and unit conversion. Get definitions for key biology terms and learn to read scientific graphs and charts.
Review of Inorganic Chemistry For Biologists
Refresh your knowledge of chemical bonds, properties of water, the electron shell and osmosis. Study the laws of thermodynamics and learn to write and balance chemical reactions.
Introduction to Organic Chemistry
This chapter teaches you about the structures and functions of carbohydrates, lipids and proteins. You'll also learn about functional groups of organic molecules, monomers, polymers and amino acids.
Nucleic Acids: DNA and RNA
Learn about the chemical structure of nucleic acids and phosphodiester bonds. Study complementary base pairings and the double helix structure of DNA. Examine the differences between RNA and DNA.
This chapter teaches you about the functions of enzymes, coenzymes, prosthetic groups and enzymatic reactions.
Get info on the fluid mosaic model of the cell membrane. Examine passive and active cell transport, the ribosome, cytoskeleton and mitochondria. You'll also study chloroplast and plant cell structures.
DNA Replication: Processes and Steps
Find out how DNA polymerase and RNA primase initiate DNA replication. Discover the role helicase plays in this process. Examine leading and lagging strands, enzymes and replication bubbles.
The Transcription and Translation Process
Discover protein synthesis in the cell, and find out how gene expression is regulated. Learn about codon recognition, genetic translation and the translation of mRNA to protein.
Learn how DNA is affected by point mutations, and assess the effects of mutations on protein function. Examine mutagens, and get examples of frameshift mutations.
This chapter teaches you about cellular respiration, the Krebs cycle, the electron transport chain and glycolysis pathways. You'll also study photolysis and photosynthesis.
Find out about genomes, chromosome structure, DNA packaging and the cell cycle. This chapter also covers mitosis and meiosis, cytokinesis and non-disjunction.
Learn how plants are classified before studying the structure of plant stems, leaves and the root system. Discover the roles of xylem and phloem, and examine different pollination methods.
Plant Reproduction and Growth
This chapter teaches you about the life cycles of moss, ferns, gymnosperms and angiosperms. You'll get instruction on tropisms, asexual plant reproduction and seasonal growth cycles.
Physiology I: The Circulatory, Respiratory, Digestive, Excretory and Musculoskeletal Systems
Examine connective tissue and the circulatory system alongside the skeletal system, gas exchange, the digestive system and the excretory system.
Physiology II: The Nervous, Immune and Endocrine Systems
Find out about homeostasis. Examine the functions of the nervous system and its neurons. Get info on brain structures, immunity, viruses, pathogens and antibiotics.
Animal Reproduction and Development
In this chapter, learn about spermatogenesis and oogenesis, embryonic development, the placenta and the fetus. Get training on Spemann's organizer, concentration gradients and fate mapping.
Genetics: Principles of Heredity
Explore Mendel's first and second laws. Study exceptions to simple dominance, and examine independent assortment and chromosomal linkage.
Principles of Ecology
Learn about ecosystems, food chains, competition and carrying capacity. Study the nitrogen cycle, the carbon cycle and the different types of biomes.
Principles of Evolution
This chapter covers the theory of evolution, the Hardy Weinberg equilibrium, natural selection and speciation.
The Origin and History of Life On Earth
Learn theories about the origin of life on Earth, and get a timeline of major eras. Discover the endosymbiosis theory and examine forms of evolutionary change.
Phylogeny and the Classification of Organisms
This chapter teaches you about the evolution of prokaryotes, protists, plants, animals and humans.
Find out about innate and learned behaviors, social behaviors and the theory of demographic transition.
Basic Molecular Biology Laboratory Techniques
Discover the significance of DNA plasmids and restriction enzymes in genetic engineering. Learn about agarose gel electrophoresis, bacterial transformation and DNA sequencing.
Analyzing Scientific Data
Wrap up your course with lessons on methods for interpreting tables, graphs and charts of scientific data. Learn to design a scientific experiment.
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