Introductory Biology

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  • Lectures 36
  • Length 9.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 2/2015 English

Course Description

This course will provide students with a basic understanding of an introductory level biology experience. It will contain video lectures and fill-in lecture notes, as well as end of section quizzes. It is up to you how you would like to experience this course, fast-paced for upcoming test prep or more slow-paced for learners that want to take their time.

The course will cover most major aspects of a biology experience in high school or introductory college course. However, It can be useful to students (at any level) looking for additional help or prep in biology topics.

I have 17+ years of experience teaching biology and chemistry at both the high school and collegiate level. The course will be taught with an appreciation for life's processes and applications to the real world will be integrated into lectures.

What are the requirements?

  • A device for watching videos and the ability to download .pdf documents is all that's needed! (I should add, a hunger for learning and open-mindedness is also recommended!)

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand more about the natural world around you, gain an appreciation for the complexities of life and score higher on exams!

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is designed for high-school, introductory college and homeschooled students. It will also benefit AP-test preppers.

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Section 1: Biology Basics

This is the first lecture of our course. It will define biology is and explain the characteristics of life. Download the fill-in notes to accompany the lecture if you are looking to be active during the video. By writing down information, you will incorporate more neurons as you process and organize new ideas. You will be able to recall more than just listening/watching alone. Because of Udemy time limits on videos, I will break lectures into multiple parts (when necessary.)


This is part 2 of the first lecture.

Homeostasis (Part 2): Feedback Loops
5 questions

This is a quick 5-question quiz to check if you are picking up pertinent information as you go through our lectures.

Section 2: Building Cells

This 4-part lecture will cover the chemistry of biology. Part 1 will go over the structure of atoms, subatomic particles, the periodic table and isotopes.


Part 2 will explain bonding and ion formation.


Part 3 explains the formation of the ionic bond and properties of ionic compounds.


Part 4 explains covalent bonding and hydrogen bonding.

Quiz: Chemistry of Biology
5 questions

This lecture will explain water's integral connections to life.

Quiz: Water's Biological Importance
5 questions

This multi-part lecture will explain the structure and functions of the building blocks of living matter. It will also explain the mechanism of building polymer from monomers.

Biomolecules: Carbohydrates
Biomolecules - Lipids
Biomolecules - Proteins (Part 1)
Biomolecules - Proteins (Part 2)
Biomolecules - Nucleic Acids
Quiz: Biomolecules
5 questions
Section 3: Cellular Basics
The Cell (Part 1): Cellular Basics
The Cell (Part 2): Membranes, Surface Area to Volume ratio, nuclei, DNA
The Cell (Part 3): The Endomembrane System
The Cell (Part 4): Additional Organelles
The Cell (Part 5): Cytoskeleton, Intracellular Junctions
Quiz: The Cell
5 questions
The Cell Membrane
Cell Membranes (Part 2): Concentration Gradients, Permeability, Tonicity
Cell Membranes (Part 3): Passive/Active Transport, Bulk Transport
Quiz: Cell Membranes
5 questions
Section 4: Cell Reproduction
The Cell Cycle and Mitosis (Part 1): The Cell Cycle
The Cell Cycle and Mitosis (Part 2): Stages of Mitosis
The Cell Cycle and Mitosis (Part 3): Cytokinesis and Binary Fission
Quiz: Mitosis
5 questions
Meiosis (Part 1): Overview
Meiosis (Part 2): Stages of Meiosis
Meiosis (Part 3): Meiosis vs. Mitosis and Genetic Implications
Meiosis (Part 4): Meiotic Errors
Quiz: Meiosis
5 questions
Section 5: DNA and the "Central Dogma of Biology"

This lecture will explain how DNA entered the scientific realm as the genetic material. Several famous experiments will be explained as well as the connection to figuring out DNA's structure. In parts 2 and 3, DNA replication will be explained.

DNA (Part 2): DNA Structure
DNA (Part 3): DNA Replication
Quiz: DNA
5 questions
DNA to Protein (Part 1): "The Central Dogma of Biology" and messenger RNA
DNA to Protein (Part 2): Transcription
DNA to Protein (Part 3): Translation
Quiz: DNA to Protein
5 questions

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Instructor Biography

Thomas Amann, Biology Professor

I am a U.S. certified secondary teacher (Biology/Chemistry: 2000-2017, Michigan) as well as a professor at a Michigan college for 7 years.

In the classroom environment, lectures have to begin and end at a certain time, and you're often rushed to write things down as fast as possible. A lot of information is missed as you scramble to get everything onto your paper. I notice this with my students, which is why I started creating a blended, or "flipped classroom" approach for my classes. If a student is given access to the content, they can control lecture pace and be able to pause and "rewind" when necessary. With biology being a details-based science, having that control can make a significant difference in understanding lectures better. With Udemy, you're in charge of when and for how long you choose to learn per session. 

Understanding biology provides a foundation to understand living things around us.  When we understand how life works, it aids us in understanding the interconnectedness of organisms and teaches the mechanisms of how we evolved through adaptations and changing environments.

Much of my job involves classroom teaching, however I engage in research when opportunities arise.  Some of the scientific research I have been involved with include:

Plant allelochemics -a plant's set of self-defense mechanisms that allows it to kill off competitors. (Plants have multiple ways to battle others who are competing for their resources)

Mark-and-recapture research on a type of desert reptile, Michigan's “six-lined racerunner" whose out-of-place habitat exists in Michigan's thumb along a short stretch of roadside for only about 1500 meters. Efforts continue to establish the species ability to survive Michigan's harsh winter climate.

Radio-tracked and tagged rattlesnakes in Oakland County, Michigan as well as black bear tracking in northern Michigan.

Limnological research in Huron Township, Michigan, flora and fauna of native wetland habitats.

Bacterial hybridization projects with GFP, a green fluorescent protein that allows genetically modified species to glow in the dark.

Worked with Michigan DNR “stream-shocking" to assess the health of native fish stocks in the AuSable River system.  

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