Biology (General Biology) OpenCourseWare: A Free Bachelor Level General Biology Course by UC Berkeley

Published Feb 26, 2009

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'General Biology,' a free online course from the University of California at Berkeley, focuses on evolution and biodiversity. The 42 lecture webcasts are intended for undergraduate students.

General Biology: Course Specifics

Degree Level Free Audio Video Downloads
Undergraduate Yes Yes Yes Yes

Lectures/Notes Study Materials Tests/Quizzes
Yes Yes No

General Biology: Course Description

The goal of 'General Biology' is to familiarize students with the scientific method and its applications, provide an understanding of the consequences of random genetic variation over time and demonstrate how to distinguish among evolutionary processes. Among the topics covered are the Darwinian theory of evolution, biodiversity, genetic processes and patterns, geological time and fossil records, ecosystems and plant ecology. 'General Biology,' a free undergraduate course, is offered by the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. The recommended textbook for the course is Biology by Neil A. Campbell Jane B. Reece and Lawrence G. Mitchell, 7th or 8th edition. Professors Mary E. Power, Thomas J. Carlson and Brent D. Mishler and academic coordinator Mike Moser, all with the integrative biology department, teach the course.

Course materials include lecture webcasts in both video and audio-only formats, downloadable exercises and notes. If you're interested in taking this course, visit the general biology course page.

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