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Summer Learning @ edX is a great way to stay sharp all summer long. From aliens, to genetics, biology, nutrition, and more, there are tons of cool science courses to help you beat the summer heat. Check out 11 science courses starting this summer, and enroll today!

Alien Worlds – BUx – June 2nd, 2015

Are we alone? We live in an amazing time of discovery as scientists explore the planets beyond our own to answer this age-old question. Learn the groundbreaking concepts and techniques used by astronomers today to investigate and characterize exoplanets in an interactive course that will transform your perception of the universe, and make you question your place within it.

Genomic Medicine Gets Personal – GeorgetownX – June 3rd, 2015

Welcome to the forefront of 21st century medicine. Today, genomics is used in prenatal testing, preventative medicine, and innovative treatment to advocate for the care of the whole person. In this course, you will consider the law and ethics of genetic counseling as experts in the field debate the social implications of genomics and its global impact.

Essential Human Biology: Cells and Tissues – AdelaideX – Self-Paced

Have you ever wondered why our hearts beat? How our food keeps us energized? How we see? This course will answer these questions and more through a comprehensive analysis of the body’s simplest functional element: The cell. This introductory course will prepare you to understand the body, whether you are planning a career in healthcare or just simply trying to stay healthy.

Nutrition and Health, Parts 1 and 2 – WageningenX – June 15th, 2015

Though we need food to survive, in many ways it has become our nemesis. Overindulgence in high calorie foods threatens our health– so what should we be eating instead? This series provides information on the foods you eat so that you may better analyze their impacts on your body. Enrich your life as you learn the fundamentals of nutritional science in this two-part series. See part 2.

Introduction to Environmental Science – DartmouthX – June 15th, 2015

Which environmental problems represent the greatest challenges? What can governments do to reduce environmental harm? What can corporations do? And individuals? Gain an understanding of human population dynamics, biodiversity, and renewable energy in a comprehensive introduction to the world’s complex environmental systems.

Future Food Production: Crops – WageningenX – June 15th, 2015

The greatest question facing mankind today is how to feed a rapidly growing population. This course will delve into the principles of production ecology and the factors that influence regional yield gaps. You will cultivate the tools necessary for resource assessment and be able to promote food security across the world in a time of dwindling planetary reserves.

Principles of Biochemistry – HarvardX – June 16th, 2015

Biochemistry is a discipline that describes life. In this course, you will consider biochemistry’s impact on science and the treatment of disease, and learn how it explains basic cellular function at its smallest scale. Learn how the life around you operates in this introduction to biochemistry.

Greatest Unsolved Mysteries of the Universe – ANUx – June 23rd, 2015

Why does the universe exist? How did black holes become so massive? What is dark matter? Investigate these unsolved mysteries and more in this provocative course. Although these questions have no known answers today, the contemplation of this course will allow you to better analyze the beautifully cryptic universe.

The Biology of Water and Health, Part 1 – OECx – July 7th, 2015

Water is necessary for all human life. But climate change, population growth, and so many other factors are threatening the supply of safe and clean water available today. You will tackle this issue interactively as you hear from experts of different disciplines. Understand the universal importance of water as you learn in this engaging course.

The Immune System: New Developments in Research, Part 1 – OsakaUx – July 7th, 2015

This two-part series will delve into the mechanisms that create immunity as well as the techniques and developments at the forefront of immunology research. Deepen your understanding of immunity in this course taught by the top immunologists in the world.

Effects of Radiation: An Introduction to Radiation and Radioactivity – OECx – July 14th, 2015

There are parts of Japan in which people experience daily radioactivity due to nuclear power plant accidents. How do they survive and what can be done? This introductory course will delve into radiochemistry and the effects it has on the human body. Apply this science to practical examples and better understand the implications of radiation worldwide.

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