Individual Course Offerings

Any course offered at Grand Canyon University may be taken as an individual course. Below is a listing of our more popular courses. To review a comprehensive listing of individual courses, please review the Academic Catalog. Course Descriptions begin on page 133.  

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Science Classes

This is a sampling of science classes offered online. A much broader range of science courses are available on our campus.

BIO 130         Introduction to Life Sciences I   Credits: 4
This course introduces students to the concepts of the scientific method and critical thinking in making observations and formulating hypotheses. Students learn about the structure of cells, DNA replication and gene expression, metabolic pathways, cell cycle, and cell division. The final section of the class includes an overview of animal form and function, organs and organ systems, and physiological processes, with an emphasis on human systems.

BIO 220         Environmental Science   Credits: 4
This course examines the risks and the environmental impact of human behavior and population growth on natural resources. Emphasis is placed on a holistic approach to environmental science using hands-on exercises, environmental surveys, and class discussions to reinforce scientific principles.

BIO 250         Introduction to Life Sciences II   Credits: 4
This course introduces students to the relevance and impact of scientific endeavors/advances/processes on human populations, society, and the environment. Natural phenomena and relationships between scientific disciplines and technology provide foundational knowledge for students to critically analyze the interactions between humans and their world.

CHM-101         Introduction to General, Organic, and Biochemistry   Credits: 3
An introduction to the principles of chemistry; designed for students without a strong background in science. Topics covered include a survey of the chemical and physical properties of elements and compounds, chemical reactions, chemical energetics, acids and bases, and chemical bonding. An introduction to organic and biochemistry emphasizes the relationship between molecular structure and function.

CHM-101L         Introduction to General, Organic, and Biochemistry Lab   Credits: 1
This lab course is designed to compliment and support the principles being addressed in CHM 101. Students learn basic lab techniques related to general and organic chemistry, building upon and strengthening foundational knowledge such as stoichiometry and reaction types. Additionally, some topics are addressed from a biochemical standpoint to highlight application to daily living. 

PHY 102         Introduction to Physical Science   Credits: 4
This course introduces students to the scientific method. Students are expected to classify objects and materials based on physical and chemical properties, as well as develop an understanding of chemical reactions and flow of energy in a system.

PHY 104         Earth and Space Science   Credits: 4
This course is designed to develop students' skills in the scientific method, develop the understanding of the properties of Earth and its materials, and appreciate Earth in relationship to other objects in space. Concepts include geological and atmospheric phenomena.