Free Online Biological and Biomedical Sciences (Other) Courses from Top Universities

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This article lists some courses from three top universities that focus on various biological and biomedical science topics. Learn about the processes that create and develop humans as a species.
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Free Biological and Biomedical Science Courses

Several top universities offer Open Courseware in a variety of topics. To learn about biological and/or biomedical sciences, we recommend you check out the Open University, Tufts University, or the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The Open University

The Open University offers free courses that explore topics in living organisms, species diversity, DNA, and eutrophic and oligotrophic ecosystems. In Structural Materials in Cells, learn the basics of cellular processes, especially of self-assembled structures. In BSE and vCJD: Their Biology and Management, tour a host of diseases, particularly bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) and its human equivalent, variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD).

Tufts University

Tufts Unversity offers several courses in Open Courseware. In Pathophysiology of Infectious Diseases, investigate infectious diseases of organ systems. In Basic Human Pathology, get your grounding in general and systemic pathology.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

MIT OpenCourseWare has a huge library of courses. For a graduate level course, take a look at Graduate Biochemistry and sharpen your analytical methods and tools. Other courses of interest include Principles and Practice of Drug Development, where you can introduce yourself to the process and problems of pharmaceuticals and biopharmaceuticals.

Free Online Biological and Biomedical Sciences Courses at a Glance

Course & SchoolProgram LevelFormatAssignmentsQuizzes & ExamsDownloadable
Early Development course from The Open UniversityIntermediateText lessonsYesYesYes
Eutrophication course from The Open UniversityIntermediateText lessonsYesNoYes
Structural Materials In Cells course from The Open UniversityAdvancedText lessonsYesNoYes
BSE and vCJD: Their Biology And Management course from The Open UniversityIntermediateText lessonsYesYesYes, limited formats
Social Issues and GM Crops course from The Open UniversityIntermediateText lessonsYesYesYes, limited formats
Pathophysiology of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism course from Tufts UniversityUndergraduateText lessonsNoNoNo
Pathophysiology of Infectious Diseases course from TuftsUndergraduateText lessonsYesYesNo
Basic Human Pathology: Parts I and II course from TuftsUndergraduateText lessonsNoNoNo
Gastrointestinal Pathophysiology course from TuftsUndergraduateText lessonsNoYesNo
Musculoskeletal Pathophysiology course from TuftsUndergraduateText lessonsYesNoNo
Graduate Biochemistry course from MITGraduateText lessonsNoNoYes
Principles and Practice of Drug Development course from MITGraduateText lessonsYesNoYes
Under the Radar Screen: How Bugs Trick Our Immune Defenses course from MITUndergraduateText lessonsYesNoYes
Biological Computing: At the Crossroads of Engineering and Science course from MITUndergraduateText lessonsYesNoYes
Animal Behavior course from MITUndergraduateAudio lecturesYesNoYes
Psychology of Gender course from MITUndergraduateExternal reading resourcesYesNoYes
Advanced Animal Behavior course from MITGraduateExternal reading resourcesYesYesYes
Immune Evasion: How Sneaky Pathogens Avoid Host Surveillance course from MITUndergraduateExternal reading resourcesYesNoYes

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