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Marine Biology is the study of ocean life. As you might expect, life in salt water is vastly different from life in a terrestrial or freshwater environment due to factors like salinity, water circulation, and atmospheric pressure. How, for example, can organisms living in salt water avoid dehydration? How do organisms living in the depths of the ocean handle the immense pressure? How do the environmental factors in marine communities affect biodiversity? How do some animals manage to alternate between the demands of terrestrial life and the demands of marine life? In this course, you will learn the answers to these questions and more. This course will touch on a number of different subfields of biological study (including biochemistry, physiology, zoology, botany, and ecology) within the context of the ocean environment.

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Although we cannot virtually replicate a true lab experience, this “lab” will allow you to become familiar with scientific thinking and techniques, and will enable you to explore some key principles of evolutionary biology and ecology.

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The cell is the fundamental unit of life; in fact, the smallest living organisms are composed of a single cell. We have learned that, despite their small size, cells are far from simple, and we have only recently begun to understand just how complex they are. This course will present you with a detailed overview of a cell’s main components and functions.

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With content based on Next Generation Science Standards, this course explores the properties of life through the cell.

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This course is sponsored by Gibco® and designed to prepare you for their Cell Culture Basics Certification. Learn the basic techniques for effective, reproducible laboratory cell culture, including optimized procedures and products that will help you get the consistency your lab work demands.

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Biology core material, which includes the fundamental principles of genetics, biochemistry, molecular biology, & cell biology.

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This course, made up of materials compiled by the Environmental Education Media Project (EEMP) in a series called "What if we Change", will teach students the difference between functional and dysfunctional ecosystems.

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Functional anatomy of the human body, as revealed by gross & microscopic examination.

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The MIT Biology Department core courses, 7.012, 7.013, and 7.014, all cover the same core material, which includes the fundamental principles of biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, and cell biology.

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With a solid understanding of biology on the small scale under our belts, it's time for the long view - for the next twelve weeks, we'll be learning how the living things that we've studied interact with and influence each other and their environments. Life is powerful, and in order to understand how living systems work, you first have to understand how they originated, developed and diversified over the past 4.5 billion years of Earth's history.

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Irrigation is the practice of harnessing water in a more efficient manner to allow crops to garner as much benefit from the resource as possible. It is useful in places that cannot depend on rain fed crop growth alone, but need more targeted water distribution. This course will be discussing the 5 major types of irrigation methods. The course will explain which techniques would be most useful in each environment

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Although we cannot virtually replicate a true lab experience, this “lab” will allow you to become familiar with scientific thinking and techniques and will enable you to explore of some key principles of molecular and cellular biology.

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To earn the equivalent of a minor in Biology, you must complete six required core courses (two of which are one-credit labs); two core courses of your choice; and two elective courses, for a total of 10 courses.

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Although we cannot virtually replicate the lab experience, this “lab” will familiarize you with scientific thinking and techniques and will enable you to explore of some key principles of human anatomy.

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This course is a journey into the biology of the human genome and will highlight the scientific, social, and personal perspectives of people living with a variety of traits.

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Biotechnology is the application of biology and biological concepts to science and engineering. It is the crossroad of the biological sciences with other major disciplines of science, from organic chemistry to mechanical engineering.

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Cancer has existed among humans since humans themselves began and has been a subject of urgent interest from very early in our history. What we call “cancer” consists of a number of different diseases with one fundamental similarity: they are all initiated by the unchecked proliferation and growth of cells in which the pathways and systems that normally control cell division and mortality are absent.

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Developmental biology asks questions about how organisms come into being, how life forms, and how complex structures develop and are differentiated.

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Molecular biology studies the molecular mechanisms of life, particularly those responsible for genes and their expression. In the center of molecular biology are the nucleic acids, DNA and RNA, and how they contribute to the synthesis of proteins.

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One of the best ways to understand the present is to understand the past. Evolutionary Biology is the study of the changes in life forms over time—changes that have occurred over millions of years as well as those that have occurred over just a few decades.

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