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Biology Courses Online

Biology Courses Online


There are enough mainstream schools offering distance learning programs now that it is relatively easy to find a selection of biology courses online.  Some of the online institutions that specialize in online instruction are also moving into the life sciences.  In many cases, these online colleges are better equipped to deliver a distance learning course because that is all they do.  Life science courses, especially those that traditionally involve labs, are not always readily adaptable to internet delivery.  So it is a positive sign that schools like the University of Indiana include biology in their course options online.  That lends credibility to the less traditional schools that have developed the web as their primary teaching tool.


University of Indiana has the following courses available over the internet:


  • Human Biology
  • Biology of Mental Illness
  • Two courses on the Biology of Addiction
  • Introduction to the Biological World
  • Biology of Women
  • Contemporary Biology


Stanford University has gotten into the online education format, and offers a variety of courses that change with each semester.  Currently, you can enroll in BioEngineering and Biomedical Informatics at Stanford Online.  For an esoteric sideline, Kentucky State University's Aquaculture Department offers an online course in Fish Genetics.  These schools are offering a few courses as online options, most likely tied to a campus-based educational program.  Schools like Indiana are taking a more comprehensive approach.  Originating from the north but available to all students with computers, Athabasca University in Canada has a number of online biology courses available:


  • Principles of Biology I
  • Principles of Biology II
  • Human Physiology
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Wild Flowers
  • Introductory Microbiology
  • Human Genetics
  • Ecology
  • Cell Biology
  • Biology
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