About this Specialization

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In this 3-course specialization, you will learn to see nature the way a biologist does. You will gain an understanding and appreciation for the incredible diversity of life and the interdependence of all living things. You will explore what we know about the origins of life and how biologists have advanced the science of evolution since Charles Darwin's lifetime, as well as the many applications of evolutionary biology to our everyday lives; you will examine the characteristics, functions, origins, and the roles of each major group of living things. You will also consider humans, including our origins, how we are impacting the natural world, and our future as a species. This specialization was developed in collaboration with Houston area partners including Houston Museum of Natural Science, Houston Zoo, Houston Arboretum & Nature Center, and Brazos Bend State Park.
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Approximately 4 months to complete
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English
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100% online courses
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible Schedule
Set and maintain flexible deadlines.
Beginner Level
Approximately 4 months to complete
Suggested pace of 3 hours/week
English

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There are 3 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Course 1

Introduction to Biology: Ecology

Course2

Course 2

Introduction to Biology: Evolution

Course3

Course 3

Introduction to Biology: Biodiversity

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Rice University

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