Online Science Courses Offered Free by Top Universities and Educational Websites

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Online science courses are offered for free at Open University, Carnegie Mellon University, Tulane University, and others. These courses will cover the spectrum of sciences.
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Free Science Courses

Science courses are offered in many different formats at various universities across the country. These free online courses will help students learn about biology, physics, and earth science.

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Open University

This course from Open University will cover mathematical concepts used in science and technology. Course topics include trigonometry, logarithms, and indices.

Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon University offers courses in biology and physics. Students will study cell biology, metabolism, electricity, and mechanics.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MIT's science courses cover biology and earth science. The text for the biology course is entitled Biological Science, by Scott Freeman. Video lectures will cover topics like biochemistry and molecular biology. The text for the earth science course is Environmental Geology: an Earth System Science Approach. Lecture notes will cover population growth and geologic time, among other things.

University of California, Berkeley

UC Berkeley offers a general chemistry course. Students can stream or download audio and video lectures from Youtube or iTunes.

University of California, Irvine

University of California, Irvine's, OpenCourseWare offers an earth system science course. This course is delivered in ten weeks of video lectures from professor Julie Ferguson, PhD. Lecture topics include plate tectonics, water vapor and clouds, and the biosphere.

Tulane University

Tulane University offers a physical geology course, authored by professor Dr. Stephen A. Nelson. The textbook for the course is Earth, Portrait of a Planet 5th Edition, by Stephen Marshak. Lecture topics will cover things like minerals, volcanic eruptions, sedimentary rocks, and energy resources. Exams will be based upon the lectures.

Tufts University

The intro to modern physics course at Tufts University is authored by Gary R. Goldstein. Lectures will be centered around the readings, which include Modern Physics by Kenneth S. Krane. Relativity, quantum physics, and wave mechanics will also be discussed.

Free Online Science Courses At a Glance

Course & School Program Level Format Assignments Quizzes & Exams Downloadable
Maths for Science and Technology course from Open University Beginner Text Yes No Yes
Modern Biology course from Carnegie Mellon University Unspecified Text Yes No Yes
Physics course from Carnegie Mellon University Unspecified Tutored exercises Yes No Yes
Introductory Biology course from MIT Undergraduate Text/video lectures/recitations/study materials Yes Yes Yes
Environmental Earth Science course from MIT Undergraduate Texts/lecture notes Yes Yes Yes
Chemistry course from UC Berkeley Unspecified Audio/video lectures No No Yes
Introduction to Earth System Science course from University of California, Irvine Unspecified Video lectures No No Yes
Physical Geology course from Tulane University Unspecified Texts/textbook/lecture notes/external reading resources Yes Yes Yes
Introduction to Modern Physics course from Tufts University Undergraduate Texts/lecture slides Yes Yes Yes

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