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Course SummaryYou can earn an Introduction to Natural Sciences certificate by reviewing the study materials in this fun course. Once you've completed our video lessons and quizzes, add your certificate to your resume or social media profile to show prospective employers about your interest in this subject.
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About This Course
Earn a Natural Sciences Certificate in about two weeks by watching fun and engaging video lessons. These short and comprehensive lessons introduce you to properties of matter, the universe and cell biology. You'll get an overview of human anatomy and examine evolutionary theories and principles.
Who's This For?
Teachers, government agency workers, environmental specialists or anyone considering the field of natural sciences for the first time might find this course useful.
No prerequisites are needed for this course.
Benefits of the Certificate
An understanding of natural sciences concepts might be helpful for both your professional and personal interests. Some ideas include:
- Using this course as a tool in your decision-making process if you're interested in exploring new careers in biology or physical science
- Incorporate the knowledge you gain from this course into your social interactions
- Use your knowledge of natural sciences to help tutor students in these fields
- Add this certificate to your resume or LinkedIn profile
- Demonstrate to your current and future employers your willingness to acquire new knowledge through continuing education
Natural Sciences Program Breakdown
Examine early atomic theory, elements, the periodic table and atomic numbers. Describe how ionic bonds work and how atoms and ions are used to determine molecular formulas.
Properties of Matter
Explore states of matter, phase change, energy change and common chemical reactions. Understand how to use Avogadro's number and mole-to-mole ratios and how to calculate radioactive decay.
Fundamentals of Thermodynamics
Describe the relationship between kinetic and potential energy and the first and second laws of thermodynamics. Define mechanical, thermal, radian and chemical energy. Explain how to calculate specific heat capacity for different substances.
Calculate speed, velocity and acceleration and explain Newton's three laws of motion. Use Newton's laws to understand weight, mass and gravity.
Describe classical relativity and how it breaks down. Explain time dilation and space contraction and assess the relationship between mass and energy.
Review electric charge and force, electric force fields and Coulomb's law. Examine charge collections, insulators, conductors and voltage sources. Describe electrical resistance and Ohm's law.
Introduce the concepts of magnetic force and magnetic fields then discuss electromagnetic induction.
Waves, Sound, and Light
Define waves and wave parameters and examine transverse and longitudinal waves. Identify factors that affect the speed of sound and assess the major regions of the electromagnetic spectrum. Discuss reflection, resonance, diffraction and the Doppler Effect.
Discuss the evidence for the Big Bang Theory and explain how stars are formed. Describe galaxy formation, the sun's structure and life cycle, theories on the moon's formation, black holes and inner and outer planets.
Explore the atmospheric cycle and factors that determine a region's climate. Identify atmospheric causes for global warming and trace the steps in the water cycle. Discuss the nitrogen cycle and carbon cycle.
Examine the effects of erosion on landforms and how earthquakes and volcanoes are used as evidence of Earth's inner layers. Discuss the rock cycle, continental drift theories and plate boundaries.
Describe the structure and function of carbohydrates, lipids and proteins. Examine amino acids, DNA and RNA.
Biology of the Cell
Review osmosis, diffusion and the fluid mosaic. Describe passive and active transport in cells, plant cell structures and the structure and function of the nucleus. Discuss the ribosome, cytoskeleton, mitochondria and chloroplast.
Discuss enzyme functions, enzymatic reactions and cellular respiration. Define redox reactions and identify the steps in the glycolysis pathway. Assess the Krebs cycle, electron transport chain and lactic acid fermentation.
Chemical Nature of the Gene
Examine protein synthesis in the cell, transcription of messenger RNA and RNA processing in a eukaryotic cell. Understand genetic code and codon recognition, point mutations, frameshift mutations and mutagens.
Describe the genome, chromosome structure and the cell cycle. Understand mitosis and meiosis, cytokinesis and autotrophic and heterotrophic cell processes.
Introduction to Plant Biology
Discuss plant classifications, plant stem and leaf structure, root systems and flowers. Identify the stages in the moss, fern, gymnosperm and angiosperm life cycles. Define tropisms and learn how asexual plant reproduction works.
Examine multicellular organisms and connective tissue. Assess the structure, function and anatomy of various body systems.
Animal Reproduction, Growth and Development
Explore spermatogenesis, oogenesis and early embryonic development. Describe the structure and function of the placenta and fetus and examine amniotic fluid and the three germ layers.
Identify properties of alleles and describe applications for Mendel's first and second laws. Explain chromosomal linkage, crossing over and model organisms.
Review levels of ecology and ecosystems then discuss food chains, competition, predator/prey interactions and population density. Describe ecological succession, carrying capacity, kin selection and conservation biology.
Evolution: Theories and Principles
Examine the theory of evolution and Hardy Weinberg Equilibrium. Review the types of natural selection and speciation.
Human and Social Biology
Explain innate and learned behaviors, social behavior and the theory of demographic transition. Discuss how the carrying capacity of a population is affected by biomedical progress.
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