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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


79 Student Reviews
by HEIDI B. on November 28, 2016
the questions through this course do not match the tutorials available, very hard to do well
Sophia replied on November 29, 2016

Heidi, Thanks for your feedback. Each question in the unit assessments is tied to a key concept that is taught through multiple tutorials by different instructors/methods/formats. We encourage you to view the material through these different perspectives to improve your understanding of the concepts. Our Learning Coaches are also here to help direct you to the right content to help answer the assessment questions. We hope to see you in a future Sophia course.

— Mike F. | Sophia Learning Coach
by Clint S. on November 12, 2016
If you're looking for easy classes look else where. If you want to learn then you've found a great class. Lots of critical thinking. Don't you use Google in the open book portions. Learn yo use the tutorials and you'll be do great. I passed in less than 3 weeks.
by Larissa D. on November 7, 2016
The tutorials were easy to follow and it was well-paced. The milestones and final assessment were fair.
by Son N. on November 4, 2016
The course is harder than I expected with the questions difficult to follow and answer. The whole point of a course is to learn, not making up difficult questions that is difficult to answer and confused the learner even more.
Sophia replied on November 4, 2016

Hi Son -- if you take another Sophia course, please remember to rely on our Learning Coach team for support during the course. We can help point you to the instructional content. We can also help prepare you for the assessments with guidance and tips for success. Thank you, and congratulations on your successful course completion!

— Mike F. | Sophia Learning Coach
by Erica F. on November 2, 2016
I learned a lot from this class. The questions on the final were worded a little tough than those in the unit quizzes.
by scott a. on November 1, 2016
This course had a lot of material to cover. The pre-recorded lectures (tutorials) and the glossary of terms are helpful. The final exam could focus more on the significant teaching components of the modules. I would recommend the course to others.
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.


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