University of Colorado Boulder

Biology Everywhere Foundations

This course is part of Biology Everywhere Specialization

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Melanie Peffer

Instructor: Melanie Peffer

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10 hours (approximately)
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What you'll learn

  • Describe the biology everywhere philosophy.

  • Explain how the process of science works and identify common misconceptions.

  • Explain and critique the criteria for identifying living and non-living entities.

  • Explain the relationship between chemistry and biology. 

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Flexible schedule
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There are 4 modules in this course

In this module, we'll explore the principles behind biology everywhere and Dr. Peffer's motivation for writing Biology Everywhere: How the science of life matters to everyday life, including the creation of this specialization.

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4 videos5 readings2 peer reviews1 discussion prompt2 plugins

In this module, we'll discuss the foundations of what science is (and isn't).

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1 video1 quiz2 peer reviews1 plugin

In this module we'll discuss what it means to be alive.

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1 video1 quiz

Chemistry is foundational to understanding biology. In this module, we'll explore the chemical basis of biology.

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2 videos2 readings1 quiz2 peer reviews


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University of Colorado Boulder
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