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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


73 Student Reviews
by Cheryl W. on October 16, 2016
Good refresher course. Covers a lot of ground, so that makes it a bit difficult.
by Kaila L. on October 15, 2016
Absolutely amazing online experience! I've tried other course sites and this by far was the best experience ever! I feel like I am walking away with new found knowledge at a pace that was conducive to my lifestyle.
by Melissa B. on October 13, 2016
It was a challenge but I learned a Lot, I was in a rush to get it done and finished pretty fast. Great help as well I always got really fast responses and clarification when I asked for help.
by Harrison D. on October 13, 2016
Made an entire page of notes for the Final Exam, only to have none of what I wrote down to be on the Final
Sophia replied on October 13, 2016

Congratulations Harrison on your successful course completion! Remember that the final ID Verification Milestone is 25 questions, pulled randomly. While we don't know what you had in your notes, you were able to pass the final. Congratulations!

— Mike F. | Sophia Learning Coach
by Kaylianna L. on October 9, 2016
Difficult at times to find answers for questions from the notes / lectures provided - not all answers for the questions were mentioned in the notes / lectures.
Sophia replied on October 10, 2016

Hi Kaylianna -- Our students are encouraged to reach out to the Sophia Learning Coaches anytime you have questions about the course. We can point you to the right tutorials and provide guidance on concepts. Congratulations on your successful course completion!

— Mike F. | Sophia Learning Coach
by John O. on October 5, 2016
Great course! Would recommend.
by Matthew T. on September 12, 2016
Good refresher course. Amanda Sonderlind is a good tutor who explains things in simple terms. My only gripe would be that the questions where you need to type in responses can be a little fussing over being exact but on several occasions I emailed in and credit was retrospectively applied by the credit by friendly support staff.
by Shiloh H. on July 17, 2016
I was rather impressed. I really enjoyed this course. There were a few questions that weren't covered in the tutorials, which was frustrating. But this did not happen often enough that it caused me to fail the course by any means. I think of all the questions, it happened twice. This course is worth the cost, especially as an alternative to going through the University's course (cost and time). Thank you!


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