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Monday, December 24, 2007

10 Universities Offering Free Science Courses Online

Some of the world's most prestigious universities now offer free science
courses online. Read on to find out where you can find these courses and to
learn what you can get out of each.

1. MIT OpenCourseWare (

a.. Biology Courses
b.. Chemistry Courses
c.. Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Science Courses

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has hundreds of
undergraduate and graduate science courses available online for free. Both
the biology program and the chemistry program at MIT are ranked among the
top three biological science graduate programs in the nation. Each free
course is led by a competent instructor and includes lectures, assignments
and exams.

2. Carnegie Mellon University (

a.. Biology Course
b.. Chemistry Course
c.. Physics Course

Carnegie Mellon's Open Learning Initiative provides a wide variety of openly
available and completely free online science courses and course material.
Videos, text, tutors, virtual lab activities and interactive exercises allow
you to take entire courses in an online format.

3. University of California, Berkeley (

a.. General Biology Course
b.. General Astronomy Course
c.. Introduction to Physics Course

UC Berkeley first launched an audio podcast program in 2006. The school now
provides nearly 100 full courses that are completely free. Science offerings
include courses in biology, chemistry, physics, animal behavior and
astronomy. Lectures are recorded in mp3 and real media video.

4. Tufts OpenCourseWare (

a.. Agricultural Science and Policy Course
b.. Introduction to Modern Physics Course
c.. Physics for Humanists Course

Tufts University also makes their world-renowned courses available through
an OpenCourseWare program. Science offerings include everything from physics
to microbiology. Courses can be viewed in slides or PDF format.

5. University of Southern Queensland (

a.. General Science Course

The University of Southern Queensland in Australia offers a free general
science course as part of the USQ Tertiary Preparation Program (TPP). The
course includes study modules, reading lists, assignments and online tests
and examinations.

6. Utah State University (

a.. Quantum Mechanics Course
b.. Cultural Anthropology Course

The Utah State University Physics and Anthropology Departments publish free
science courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. The instructor led
courses include downloadable lecture notes, homework and more.

7. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (

a.. Population Science Courses
b.. Environmental Health and Science Courses

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's OpenCourseWare project
offers access to the school's most popular graduate level health and science
courses. All courses are free of charge and include lecture materials,
reading lists and more.

8. University of Tokyo (

a.. Molecular Computing Course
b.. Science of Matter Course

The University of Tokyo offers a number of free science courses online
through their OpenCourseWare program. Courses are led by an instructor and
include lecture notes, assignments and various materials in a PDF format.

9. Open University (

a.. Gene Manipulation in Plants Course
b.. Superconductivity Course
c.. Maths for Science Course

Britain's Open University offers an extensive collection of free science
courses, with an emphasis on science and nature. Most courses are at the
introductory or intermediate level. Course materials include both text and
multimedia elements.

10. Delft University of Technology (

a.. Applied Physics Courses

The Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands first began providing
free courses online in 2007. The school has since expanded their offerings
to include courses in applied physics, biomedical engineering and civil
engineering. Course materials lectures, reports and exams.

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