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Gain an Introduction to General Biology


This college level biology course is designed to provide an introduction to fundamental concepts of molecular and cellular biology. The course also includes a laboratory component that introduces the student to basic techniques and procedures used by biologists and reinforces the concepts presented in the weekly lectures.  The student will receive training in data analysis, scientific reasoning, and scientific writing.

Topics include:

  • The chemical foundations of life
  • The importance of water in supporting life
  • Prokaryotes and eukaryotes
  • Cellular conversion of nutrients into usable energy
  • Relationship between genotype and phenotype
  • Practical applications of biotechnology
  • Spotlight on human form and function.

This course is appropriate for students interested in a refresher biology class, professionals in other disciplines considering a career change to the biological sciences, and pre-health professionals.


This course is offered in an online asynchronous format. There are no set meeting times, however, students follow a weekly schedule and there will be deadlines to meet in terms of course requirements. This course cannot be completed at an accelerated rate.

Course Schedule


This course is offered during the Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall Quarters.  For upcoming quarter dates, please review the Division of Extended Studies Calendar.


Note on Lab

This course includes a hands on laboratory involving multi-day experiments that the student performs at home.  Except for a few household items, all the materials are included in the lab kit that students must purchase separately from HOL Sciences.

To purchase your lab kit, please use the link provided in the section note.
Please note that due to COVID-19, HOL is experiencing a longer than normal time in processing orders.  We recommend you order your kits at least three weeks before the course begins.


Note: Students interested in this course without the lab component, please enroll in General Biology I - BIOL-40360

Course Number: BIOL-40348
Credit: 6.00 unit(s)

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