Biology OpenCourseWare: A Free Undergraduate Introductory Biology Course by MIT

Published Feb 10, 2009

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An undergraduate primer in general biology is presented in 'Introductory Biology,' an OpenCourseWare offered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). This free online course covers the essentials of biology as they apply to humans. Individuals pursuing a bachelor's degree in Biology can find valuable preparatory information from this course.

Introductory Biology: Course Specifics

Degree Level Free Audio Video Downloads
Undergraduate Yes Yes Yes Yes

Lectures/Notes Study Materials Tests/Quizzes
Yes Yes Yes

Introductory Biology: Course Description

As one of three foundational courses in MIT's Biology program, this OpenCourseWare covers key topics in biology with an emphasis on human biological function. Molecular-level biology serves as the focal point of this course. Participants begin this OpenCourseWare with a review of cell structure and chemistry. Other key points include protein structure, mitosis and meiosis, recombinant DNA and stem cells. Students also examine biological concepts as they apply to cancer and viruses. Professors Tyler Jacks and Hazel Sive present this OpenCourseWare in lecture format and include a wealth of resources, including a comprehensive set of audio lectures. Students can also reinforce the covered topics with an extensive set of homework assignments.

In addition to audio lectures and assignments, this course features selected video lectures with subtitles, recitation notes, practice exams and a reading list. Interested students can obtain more info at the 'Introductory Biology' course home page.

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