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Human Biology

Human Biology

Sophia's Human Biology course helps you analyze fundamental biological principles from a human perspective. The Human Biology topics include the molecular and cellular basis of life, genetics, organ systems, and the impact of nutrition and exercise on human health. Full Description

3 semester credits

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Using problem­-based learning and real­-world situations, this course teaches you how to apply knowledge in practical and relevant contexts. Our Many Ways™ learning model feature multiple teachers and various instructional styles for each concept so you can find a style that meshes with your individual learning preference. This rich, immersive experience helps you better understand and retain information, for an all­-around smarter way to learn.

This course helps you analyze fundamental biological principles from a human perspective. The Human Biology topics include the molecular and cellular basis of life, genetics, organ systems, and the impact of nutrition and exercise on human health. In Sophia's Human Biology course, you will complete a series of assessments comprised of 18 Challenge assessments and 6 Milestone assessments tied to the following learning outcomes:

  • Describe basic human biology concepts
  • Describe skeletal & muscular systems
  • Articulate Nervous System and Sensory System related to human health
  • Analyze respiratory, circulatory, immune, and digestive systems
  • Describe urinary, endocrine, and reproductive systems
  • Describe genetics and biotechnology and their application


214 Student Reviews
by Thomas G. on January 6, 2019
This was a very informative course. There is a lot of great information and I found it challenging!
by Rachel H. on January 6, 2019
This was my first course through Sophia. I enjoyed having the ability to find an instructor that I was able to learn from and that it was self paced. If more classes were like this, I would take more online classes.
by Angel M. on January 4, 2019
Really tough course, but rewarding when you pass!
by Cynthia J. on January 3, 2019
Thank You!
by Alberto C. on December 28, 2018
Very informative class layout. Covered the human body in an easy fashion.
by Evann H. on December 27, 2018
There was some great information, but I found the tests asking specific questions that I was not given the exact answer for. This was very confusing. Many of the tutorials also repeated themselves numerous times, and there were many grammatical errors. Most of the pictures during the tutorials were cut off as well. Overall, it was a decent course. I felt like I learned alot in a short amount of time.
by Lesley 'Bella' M. on December 24, 2018
Really enjoyed this class :)
by Andrea S. on December 18, 2018
The course was very informative and very easy to follow and do well in. I particularly liked that the each topic has a few different lecturers and formats you can choose from to suit your study preference. And I also really liked the format of the tests, they were designed to help you excel as they gave you lots of chances, time, tips and links to the tutorials. Overall this course was done really well by Sophia, I learnt a lot and managed to excel in this subject I have never done before in very good time. Also the Sophia team were very prompt to respond, even though I am in Australia and there is the time zone difference, they always responded very quickly and were very helpful. The only small annoying thing I would comment on is that sometimes the lecture videos freeze and you have to keep refreshing the page. But other than that minor thing, I loved everything else about this course.


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