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Registration and course applications

Enrollment is limited to two courses per term with the exception of BIOL 8480. BIOL 8480 (described below) is offered each term. Students may enroll in BIOL 8480 and two other regularly scheduled courses this fall. Do not register for BIOL 8480 if you need the other courses offered this term (BIOL 8400, 8420, and 8440) since they will not be offered again until fall 2019.

For the fall 2018, we are offering the following four regularly scheduled courses:

    • BIOL 8400: Understanding Biological Inquiry — This online course is designed for teachers and those who want to understand the methods and approaches to biological inquiry. It provides a broad background into the scientific methods utilized in the biological sciences and the application of inquiry-based teaching methods in the classroom. Instructor: Dr. Michael Childress (
    • BIOL 8420: Understanding Cellular Processes — This online course is designed for teachers and for those who want to increase their knowledge about cell biology. Students will study how and where intracellular and extracellular molecules control cellular functions such as gene expression, secretion, motility, signaling, cell-cycle control and differentiation. Instructor: Dr. PattiLee Tate (
    • BIOL 8440: Understanding the Human Body — This online course is designed for teachers and for those who want to increase their content knowledge about the anatomy and physiology of the 11 organ systems in humans. Studies will include food processing and nutrient allocation, circulation and respiration, excretion, communication via hormones and nervous transmission, reproduction, behavior, locomotion and support. Instructor: Dr. William Baldwin (
    • BIOL 8480: Understanding Scientific Research – Research problems for in selected areas of biological sciences to provide an introduction to research planning and techniques. Teachers will undertake either an instructor approved, individual project or participate in a group project involving their classroom during the academic year. Both are assisted by and under the supervision of the instructor. BIOL 8400 Understanding Biological Inquiry is strongly recommended — not required — before enrolling in BIOL 8480 because BIOL 8400 covers experimental design and data analyses. Instructor: Dr. Robert Ballard ( No textbook required.

Please read

    • These four online courses run Aug. 22 – Dec. 17, 2018.
    • Online registration for the Fall 2018 semester begins on May 30, 2018.
    • University and Graduate School deadlines can be found on the Graduation Deadlines Page.
    • To register: ➥ Fall Registration 2018