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Human Biology

Human Biology

Sophia's Human Biology course helps you analyze fundamental biological principles from a human perspective. 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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Category: Math and Science

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Human Biology

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

Assessments & Grading

This is a pass/fail course. You must complete 18 Challenge assessments (these are like quizzes) and 6 Milestone assessments (these are like tests) with an overall score of 70% or better.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, you'll be able to:

  • 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

Sophia's Many Ways™
This course provides you access to Sophia's Many Ways™ learning model. This model provides you with various instructional styles for each learning objective. With this unique model, you can find a method that appeals to your individual learning preference.

by Jordan D. on December 10, 2017
I'm a visual learner. This was one of the reasons why I chose an online course; I always wondered why I should pay a ton of money to take an in-person class when I learn best by reading from the text. Unfortunately, most of the tutorials for the course were videos that didn't seem to be particularly well done. One of the instructors had her videos transcribed, but they were laden with mistakes and verbal tics, for example, every sentence for two paragraphs in a row starting with "so," filled with "okay," or "I'm sorry, I meant this, not that." This is confusing to reader and viewer, and considering that the videos and their transcriptions are the only source of information for the site, they should have some more time put in to make them appropriate and streamlined. Overall the course was alright, I liked going at my own pace and how quickly the verification milestone was able to be completed. The whole process could just be a bit more streamlined to really make it exceptional.
by Tonya S. on July 7, 2016
I enjoyed the lessons; particularly Amanda's videos! However, I found the limitation of notes to one page a bit redundant if we are allowed to use the tutorials for the final exam. My opinion, if tutorials are allowed, our notes (however many pages) should be allowed as well. I also think that it needs to be stressed more clearly that tutorials can be used to begin with; had I known that I would have passed my first attempt and saved myself money at having to re-test. Thank you. Tonya Saindon
Sophia replied on July 7, 2016

Thanks for the feedback Tonya! I am glad to hear that you enjoyed the course overall. For future reference, you are allowed to use tutorials during any assessments in your course. The student guide covers that information. And as always, don't hesitate to contact a learning coach if you have any questions during your course. Congrats on your successful completion!

— Amanda S. | Sophia Learning Coach
by Mary P. on October 25, 2015
Presented in a very interesting way!
by Janet H. on December 16, 2017
this was quite informative and a great learning experience
by Amy S. on October 31, 2015
Much better than the Conflict Resolution course that I took! Much more information, formatted much better, not as vague as the previous course I took on Sophia.
by Jose G. on December 10, 2015
This course helps in many ways. You are given different tutorials for each subject and given ample time to work at your own pace. I had a great experience with this course in
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!
by Sonia W. on November 30, 2015
A very challenging class. A lot of new, unfamiliar material. Although exceptionally educational, it was by far the most difficult class.


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