Course Contents at a Glance

an icon of a pair of binoculars The following list shows a summary of the topics covered in this course. To see all of the course pages, visit the Table of Contents.

Module 1: The Process of Science

  • Themes and Concepts of Biology
  • The Process of Science

Module 2: The Chemical Foundation of Life

  • Activity: Build an Atom
  • The Building Blocks of Molecules
  • Water

Module 3: Biological Macromolecules

  • Biological Molecules
  • Homeostasis

Module 4: Cell Structure and Function

  • Comparing Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Cells
  • Eukaryotic Origins

Module 5: Cell Structure and Function: Cell Diversity

  • Plant Cell Structure
  • Animal Cell Structure
  • Eukaryotic Cells

Module 6: Structure and Function of Plasma Membrane

  • The Cell Membrane
  • Passive Transport
  • Active Transport

Module 7: Photosynthesis

  • Overview of Photosynthesis
  • The Light-Dependent Reactions of Photosynthesis
  • The Calvin Cycle

Module 8: Cellular Respiration

  • Energy and Metabolism
  • Glycolysis
  • Citric Acid Cycle and Oxidative Phosphorylation
  • Fermentation
  • Connections to Other Metabolic Pathways

Module 9: Genes and Proteins

  • The Genetic Code
  • Eukaryotic Transcription
  • Ribosomes and Protein Synthesis

Module 10: Genes and Chromosomes

  • The Genome

Module 11: Cell Division and Cell Cycle

  • Cell Division
  • Cell Cycle With Cyclins and Checkpoints
  • The Cell Cycle
  • Control of the Cell Cycle
  • Cancer and the Cell Cycle
  • Prokaryotic Cell Division
  • The Process of Meiosis
  • Sexual Reproduction

Module 12: Genetics and Inheritance

  • Mendel’s Experiments and the Laws of Probability
  • Characteristics and Traits
  • Laws of Inheritance
  • Chromosomal Basis of Inherited Disorders

Module 13: Evolution and Its Processes

  • Population Genetics
  • Population Evolution
  • Adaptive Evolution
  • Understanding Evolution
  • Formation of New Species
  • Reconnection and Rates of Speciation
  • The Evolutionary History of the Animal Kingdom
  • Animal Phylogeny


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