Free Online Genetics Courses from Top Universities

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Genetics courses are offered for free by top universities including Open University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Tufts University. Read on to learn more about what they make available to the public.
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Free Genetics Courses

Interested individuals can take genetics courses online for free. Areas of study include gene manipulation and genomic instability.

Open University

Open University offers a diverse selection of online genetics courses for free. Learn about gene manipulation in plants, what the genome is made of, and more.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology offers undergraduate and graduate genetics courses online for free. Areas of study range from computational functional genomics to cognitive and behavioral genetics.

Tufts University

Tufts University offers an undergraduate genetics course for free online. Class topics include genetic diseases, gene mapping, molecular genetics and inherited disorders.

Free Online Genetics Courses At a Glance

Course & School Program Level Format Assignments Quizzes & Exams Downloadable
The Making of Individual Differences course from Open University Intermediate Text Yes Yes Yes
Gene Manipulation in Plants course from Open University Intermediate Text Yes No Yes
Inheritance of Characters course from Open University Beginner Text Yes No Yes
What Is the Genome Made Of? course from Open University Beginner Text Yes No Yes
What Do Genes Do? course from Open University Beginner Text Yes No Yes
Gene Testing course from Open University Beginner Text Yes No Yes
Gene Therapy course from Open University Beginner Text Yes No Yes
Genetics course from MIT Undergraduate Textbook Yes Yes Yes
Computational Functional Genomics course from MIT Graduate Text/lecture notes Yes Yes Yes
Avoiding Genomic Instability: DNA Replication, the Cell Cycle, and Cancer course from MIT Undergraduate Text/lecture notes Yes No Yes
Experimental Microbial Genetics course from MIT Undergraduate Research projects/papers Yes No Yes
Genetic Neurobiology course from MIT Graduate Text Yes No Yes
RNA Interference: A New Tool for Genetic Analysis and Therapeutics course from MIT Undergraduate Text Yes No Yes
Cognitive and Behavioral Genetics course from MIT Undergraduate/graduate Text Yes No Yes
DNA Damage Checkpoints: The Emergency Brake on the Road to Cancer course from MIT Undergraduate Yes No Yes
The Foundation of Life: From Dolly to Customized Embryonic Stem Cells course from MIT Undergraduate Text/lecture notes Yes No Yes
Genetics course from Tufts University Undergraduate Text/lectures Yes Yes Yes

Popular Schools

  • Online Programs Available
    1. Purdue University Global

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor: Health Science
      • Bachelors of Science in Nursing - RN to BSN (RN License Required)
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BS in Health Sciences: Professional Development & Advanced Patient Care
      • Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health Science
  • Online Programs Available
    3. The George Washington University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MSHS in Clinical Research Administration
      • MSHS in Clinical and Translational Research
      • MSHS in Regulatory Affairs
      • MSHS Medical Laboratory Sciences
      • MSHS in Clinical Microbiology
      • MSHS in Immunohematology and Biotechnology
    Bachelor's
      • BSHS in Biomedical Informatics
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Johns Hopkins University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science in Bioinformatics
      • Master of Biotechnology Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
      • Master of Science in Biotechnology
  • Online Programs Available
    5. Penn Foster High School

    Program Options

    High School Diploma
      • HS Diploma
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Trident University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Health Sciences (Ph.D.)
    Bachelor's
      • Health Sciences (BSHS)
  • Stanford, CA

    Stanford University

  • Cambridge, MA

    Harvard University

Featured Schools

The schools and programs listed below are popular educational options, and tuition varies based on program and location

Purdue University Global

  • Bachelor: Health Science
  • Bachelors of Science in Nursing - RN to BSN (RN License Required)

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Grand Canyon University

  • BS in Health Sciences: Professional Development & Advanced Patient Care
  • Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health Science

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The George Washington University

  • MSHS in Clinical Research Administration
  • MSHS in Clinical and Translational Research
  • BSHS in Biomedical Informatics

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Johns Hopkins University

  • Master of Science in Bioinformatics
  • Master of Biotechnology Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
  • Master of Science in Biotechnology

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Penn Foster High School

  • HS Diploma

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Trident University

  • Health Sciences (Ph.D.)
  • Health Sciences (BSHS)

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