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What are the Life Sciences?

The life sciences include all the branches of science that focus on living organisms. Of major concern are the study and improvement of life, from improving human health to growing better crops and saving the environment. The life sciences include biology, medicine and all related subfields. Also included are the areas of study directly related to biology and medicine such as biotechnology and bioethics.

Online Life Sciences Courses and Programs

EdX offers over 100 biology and life science courses from top universities and institutions worldwide. Take free courses in genetics, biochemistry, biotechnology, anatomy, neuroscience and a host of other disciplines. Start with the study of cellular biology, the basic unit of life upon which all living organisms are based. Follow this with courses in genetics, DNA and heredity for a strong foundation for further study of the life sciences.

MIT’s free online course, Introduction to Biology – The Secret of Life, is an excellent starting point for students interested in the life sciences. This self-paced course will give students an introduction to genetics, biochemistry and molecular biology. Learn about macromolecules such as DNA, RNA and proteins and gain an understanding of the basic building blocks of life.

Dive into the world of human anatomy with the 4-course, in-depth program from the University of Michigan. This advanced study program covers the major function and significance of each system of the body from the perspective of a future healthcare worker. It is an excellent program for anyone interested in or thinking about a career in healthcare.

Find additional biology and life sciences courses from Harvard, MIT, Wageningen, TU Delft and other schools and institutions. Many are self-paced so you can enroll now and start learning today.

Life Science Careers

People interested in the life sciences have their choice of many exciting, in-demand and lucrative careers. Immunology, genomics, clinical research and biotechnology are just a few of the hot areas of specialization with positions for researchers, laboratory managers, technicians, data scientists, statisticians and much more. Enroll in free online courses to learn more about different life sciences and determine where you would like to focus.