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So You Want to Be a Doctor?

  • Program: Online
  • Length: Nine Weeks

Is a career in medicine right for you? This course is designed to help you answer that question. Experience the study of medicine in a whole new way and get a taste of what medical school and practicing medicine in a variety of different medical specialties would be like. Participants in this class will:

• Study gross anatomy, histology, physiology, and microbiology...

Five Sections Offered »

Body at Work: Anatomy, Physiology, and Disease

  • Program: Online
  • Length: Five Weeks

In this course you will study the major organ systems of the body, investigate normal and pathologic anatomy and physiology, and examine common diseases and injuries and their effect on the body’s organ systems.

One of the main objectives of this course is to provide students considering a career in the health professions a foundation in the study of human form and...

Four Sections Offered »

DNA Science: Forensics, Food, and Medicine

  • Program: Online
  • Length: Five Weeks

DNA can solve a crime, identify a future disease, and distinguish our common ancestors. A remarkable molecule, it has often been referred to as the “building block of life.”

Advances in molecular biology and biotechnology have led to an explosion in our understanding of DNA and how it impacts us, both as individuals and as a society. This course will introduce...

Three Sections Offered »

Neuroscience in Action: Understanding Our Brains and Nervous Systems

  • Program: Online
  • Length: Six Weeks

The human brain has more than 85 billion nerve cells, also known as neurons. Ever since the original description of the neuron by Santiago Ramón y Cajal in the 19th century, neuroscientists have known that understanding the neuron is key toward understanding how the brain works. This course is an introduction to neuroscience in which we will examine the inner workings...

Two Sections Offered »

Becoming an Entrepreneur: Turning Ideas into Startups

  • Program: Online
  • Length: Five Weeks

Are you full of innovative and creative ideas? Do you enjoy discussing your ideas with friends and family? Does your imagination wander when you think about how a product or service could be developed or improved? If so, you may be on your way to becoming the next great entrepreneur!

Develop your ability to see the world with an entrepreneurial eye and identify the next...

Two Sections Offered »

Flash Nonfiction

  • Program: Online
  • Length: Five Weeks

Like a tropical storm,
I, too, may one day become “better organized.”
-Lydia Davis

In Flash Nonfiction, you will learn to apply key skills for college writing: concision and clarity. You will study and practice nonfiction "shorts," ranging from 250 to 1000 words, in forms such as the profile, scene, story, essay,...

One Section Offered »

Reading, Writing, Traveling: An Exploration in Creative Nonfiction

  • Program: Online
  • Length: Five Weeks

Who says you need to board a plane or take a road trip to travel? Wherever you are, being “in the moment” provides each of us a unique window of experience. Good writers open up those windows for others with words by sharing their personal experience with vividness and intelligence. Reading inspires us to travel because we want to experience the places we read about...

One Section Offered »

Writing for College and Beyond

  • Program: Online
  • Length: Five Weeks

Are you ready to start writing the way college students write? Challenge yourself intellectually and creatively as you explore and experience writing as a form of inquiry, and a part of social conversation.

The first half of this course offers you the chance to think carefully about writing narrative prose, which is in effect a form of storytelling. Thus you begin the course...

Four Sections Offered »

Storytelling in the Digital Age

  • Program: Online
  • Length: Five Weeks

In 2008, Nicholas Carr asked everyone on the internet, “Is Google making us stupid?” The answer seems to be yes, and no. The immediate availability of boundless stores of information gives us all a crutch to lean on when we need quick answers; if you have a smartphone in your pocket, you are a walking encyclopedia. But only so much information will fit on a smartphone...

Two Sections Offered »

Exploring Engineering

  • Program: Online
  • Length: Two Weeks

Enrollment begins February 22nd at canvas.net.

Are you considering a career in engineering? Are you fascinated by what engineers do?

In this free, open course, you will gain an understanding of the various fields of engineering and explore the engineering design process, from conceptual design and optimal choice...

One Section Offered »

Biomedical Engineering: The Smart Design of Medical Implants and Devices

  • Program: Online
  • Length: Four Weeks

Are you passionate about innovative approaches to improving human health? Biomedical engineers apply principles of biology, medicine, and science, along with problem-solving skills and critical thinking, to a broad spectrum of problems, from designing regenerative medicine and new methods of drug delivery to micro-
devices and gene therapy.

In this course, you will explore...

Two Sections Offered »

Materials Science and Engineering: Designing for Society's Needs

  • Program: Online
  • Length: Four Weeks

Are you interested in learning more about the materials that surround our everyday lives? How might newly developed, advanced materials positively impact society? In this course, you will explore the mathematical and scientific fundamentals behind the field of materials science and engineering. You will explore the current state of the art in engineering design as you test...

Two Sections Offered »

Renewable Energy Engineering: Wind and Solar Power

  • Program: Online
  • Length: Five Weeks

The demand for energy is expected to grow 30% by 2040. What role can engineers play in developing renewable energy sources? In this course, you will explore the some of the science, math, and technology that is used to extract energy from renewable resources. You will:

• Apply engineering concepts and principles to solving renewable energy issues
• Examine how...

Two Sections Offered »

Crowdsourcing Science: Your Data, Global Collaboration, and Scientific Discovery

  • Program: Online
  • Length: Five Weeks

If a butterfly flaps its wings in Chicago, can it change the world? It might, if you make note of it! By sharing your observations of the natural world with professional scientists, you can contribute to solving real problems, answering scientific questions, and ultimately helping others.

Today, scientists using sophisticated technologies to manage massive collaborations...

One Section Offered »

Climate & Climate Change: Scientific, Societal, and Global Implications

  • Program: Online
  • Length: Five Weeks

What is climate change? How do humans interact with the climate system? How can science inform action? This course is designed to provide you with an understanding of the climate system on Earth, interactions between climate and human society, and how climate change science is communicated, interpreted, and used by different nations and cultures.

Topics include:
•...

One Section Offered »

Lessons in Leadership: What History's Great Leaders Can Teach Us Today

  • Program: Online
  • Length: Four Weeks

What makes a great leader? What is your own leadership potential, and how can you increase it? Do you have a passion -- such as literacy, the environment, or equal rights -- and hope to make an impact one day?

Great leaders often possess several key leadership skills. Based on one of Brown University's most popular political science courses, this course offers students...

Two Sections Offered »

Humanities Seminar: Disruptive Thinkers, Ideological Conflict, and Social Revolution

  • Program: Online
  • Length: Four Weeks

Experience what it’s like to participate in a Brown University seminar that will challenge your ideas and invigorate your thinking. In this course, you will engage with great thinkers in world history, explore great social movements of our time, and immerse yourself in key ideological controversies that underpin contemporary global society.
Revisit...

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