Courses are suitable for people who prefer structured learning about a specific topic, but keep in mind they take time and commitment to complete. This is only a small sampling of the kinds of free courses you can find online. Search on Coursera, or EdX for a more exhaustive list.
Note: Coursera courses are free but certificates must be paid for. Specializations, or groups of four courses, are paid.
Introduction to Genetics and Evolution by Duke University: This course is simultaneously taught to Duke University undergrads and offers students a basic introduction to topics such as genetics, evolution, and genomics with no prior coursework necessary.
Anatomy by the University of Michigan: Learn the foundations of human anatomy by diving into the major organ systems and their functions and relationships within the body.
Introduction to the Biology of Cancer by Johns Hopkins University: This course introduces the molecular biology of cancer, describes the risk factors for the major cancers worldwide, explains how cancer is staged, and how the major cancers are treated.
Fundamentals of Immunology by Rice University: With this course, learn the basic concepts in immunology and delve into new discoveries in immunological therapies designed for disease treatment.
Understanding the Brain: the Neuroscience of Everyday Life by The University of Chicago: Learn how we use our brain every day by studying functional neuroanatomy, neural communication, and how the nervous system produces behaviour.
Computational Neuroscience by the University of Washington: This course provides an introduction to basic computational methods such as Matlab, Octave, and Python to understand how the nervous system functions. It is aimed at third- of fourth-year undergraduates or beginning graduate students but high school students can be successful in the course with a solid background in these topics and strong motivation.
iBiology: This online resource compiles over 600 videos from the world’s leading scientists, sharing their research, their experiences, and the joys of discovery in topics such as biochemistry, genetics, and immunology.
The Fundamentals of Neuroscience by Harvard University: This course offers an introduction to fundamental topics in neuroscience, such as the function of ion channels in the neuronal membrane, how neurons communicate, and the inner workings of all the brain’s subsystems. There are no specific prerequisites, but some prior exposure to biology and chemistry can be helpful.
Medical Neuroscience by Duke University: This course delves into the organization and physiology of the nervous system while allowing you to discover how the brain and spinal cord mediate sensation, motivate bodily action, and integrate sensory-motor signals with memory, emotion, and other forms of cognition.
Simulation Neuroscience by EPFL: Learn how to digitally reconstruct a single neuron to better study the biological mechanisms of brain function, behaviour, and disease.
The Science of Stem Cells: This course offers an introduction to the history and biology of stem cells, new research techniques, and the utilization of stem cells to cure various diseases.
Introduction to Biology – The Secret of Life: This course provides an introduction to molecular biology and the applications of modern biology in today’s world. High school-level biology and chemistry are recommended as prerequisites.
The Science of Everyday Thinking at the University of Queensland: Learn how to think better, argue better, and choose better.
Introduction to Psychology by Yale University: This course provides a comprehensive overview of topics in psychology such as the scientific study of thought and behaviour, and explores areas such as perception, communication, learning, memory, decision-making, emotions, and social behaviour.
Social Psychology by Wesleyan University: This course offers an introduction to the field of social psychology, covering topics such as decision making, group behaviour, personal attraction, and factors that affect mental health.
Psychology Degree at Saint Leo University: This course offers classes too -Abnormal Psychology, Psychology of Criminal Behavior, Forensic Psychology, Military Psychology, Interviewing and Counseling Skills as well.
Developmental Psychology: A Journey of Growth Within Relationships at IsraelX: To what extent are we truly aware of the decisive influence of our relationships with our parents in early childhood, upon the entire course of our adult lives? Here’s an opportunity to ‘open your eyes to what every person should know.