Online Medical Biology I

BIOL 1010 Online

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Medical Biology I, BIOL 1010, is a one-semester upper-level undergraduate online course that consists of four credit hours and includes a virtual laboratory component. This lecture and lab course is designed for individuals who need a semester of biology as a prerequisite to apply for admission to a program in the health profession.

Graduate programs that may require BIOL 1010: Online Medical Biology I may include but are not limited to:

  • Graduate programs in dietetics
  • Nursing
  • Physical therapy
  • Physician assistant
  • Nurse anesthesia
  • Pharmacy
  • Veterinary medicine
  • Dental medicine
  • Medicine

The overall goal of this online course is to provide the student interested in the health professions with an introduction to biology that emphasizes the concepts that will be important for, and provide the basis for, the topics the student will encounter in their professional studies. Topics considered include biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, pharmacology, and physiology.

A conceptual approach

To achieve this goal, this human biology course emphasizes a conceptual approach to the principles of biology. The student is encouraged to learn factual material within a conceptual framework in order to achieve an understanding of basic biological theory. By doing so, they will be able to apply this material to their further studies. Numerous examples, largely relating to human biology and especially to human health and disease, are provided to encourage this process.

BIOL 1010 course outline

The Online Medical Biology I course content considers cell structure and function, metabolism, mitosis and meiosis, inheritance patterns and molecular biology. Click here to see the syllabus.

Required Course Materials


Biology, 5th edition by Brooker, Widmair, Graham and Stiling

The text for this course is an ebook with homework assignments as part of your purchase. You can buy access to these at the UNE bookstore or after you have enrolled in the course, you can buy it directly from the publisher by clicking on the first homework link. If you purchase it from the bookstore, it will ask for a course website. Simply go to the blackboard site and click on the first homework link. You can then enter your access code there.

Note: for students planning to enroll in Medical Biology II following this course, the same book and homework system will be used. The access that you purchase for Medical Biology I will last for one calendar year so that if you complete both courses within this time frame, you will NOT need to purchase any additional text materials for Medical Biology II. You will be able to use the same code that you used in Medical Biology I for the text.

Lab Material

The cost of the laboratory materials is not included in the laboratory fee and must be purchased by the student directly from the supplier, Hands on Labs (HOL). The lab pack includes access to the online HOL website and the supplies needed to perform the experiments that will accompany this course. You may need to supply other basic items such as paper towels, scissors, a pen, etc. but these will all be listed in the laboratory information from HOL. You should plan on ordering your lab kit once you have registered for the course.

For the best experience, check the system requirements from the publisher. Please note, some activities in this course use Flash, and are therefore not screen-reader accessible, and may not work on a mobile device. If the browser you’re using no longer supports Flash, try a different browser and download the Flash plug-in for this content.

  • It is mandatory for students enrolled in the course to order a lab kit.
  • The kit must be purchased directly through Hands-on Labs and cannot be purchased second hand or from another vendor.
  • Students must complete both parts of every lab – the assigned experiment and the corresponding assignment online – to earn a grade for the lab.

Hands on Lab (HOL) Kit

  • The kit must be purchased through HOL and cannot be purchased second hand or from another vendor.
  • Kits can take 5-7 business days to arrive.
  • Follow the HOL Kit Ordering Instructions using the Hands on Lab section link in the course.
  • Review the HOL Return and Refund Policy

Ordering your UNE-authorized whiteboard (optional) – Can be used during your proctored exams!

Dry-Erase Whiteboard with Marker and Eraser (Optional for Proctored Exams)

This course permits the use of a dry-erase whiteboard for scratch work during one or more of your proctored exams. No scratch paper is permitted. The whiteboard must be purchased from the following seller.

You must show your proctor that your whiteboard is clear at the beginning of your testing session, and you must erase your whiteboard in front of the proctor before disconnecting from your session. If you do not do this, your exam will not be credited.

Mandatory External Webcam for Proctored Exams

This webcam is required for proctored exams for any courses starting on or after September 4, 2019.

Webcam & Whiteboard Ordering Information

Complete at your own pace

Working at the pace typical for a four-semester hour course, the average student will complete the online course in approximately 16 weeks. Many students are nontraditional students who have elected an online course for flexibility. Since the course is self-paced, you may complete the course in less than 16 weeks.


There are no prerequisites for this distance course, Online Medical Biology I.

Technical Requirements

All of the science prerequisites offered at UNE are based online. In order for you as a student to have the best experience possible, UNE has established some technical specifications for you. Click here for technical requirements.

Tuition and Fees

Credits: 4
Tuition: $1440
Registration: $30
Total: $1470

The cost of the materials is not included in this total.

Exam Procedures

All exams are taken online. Major exams are required to be proctored. For instructions on how to take your exams online, visit Online Learning’s ProctorU site. Courses starting on or after September 4, 2019 must be proctored via the UNE-approved external webcam.

Enrollment online anytime

You may enroll at any time via our self-service registration portal. To register, you will need to enable Flash in your browser first (here are step-by-step instructions). Payment is due in full at the time of registration. Your official start date is the date that the course opens and you will have 16 weeks from that date to complete your course.

Courses start on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month

You must be registered for your class by 12:00 noon EST on the Monday before the class starts. Online registration will remain open during holidays when the university is closed. See the UNE Academic Calendar for more details.

Assistance with registration

If you have any questions or need help with registering for your class, please call a student service advisor at:

(855) 325-0894

or view the online FlexReg course registration tutorial.

If you intend to use VA Benefits or Military Tuition Assistance, please do not use the self-registration portal. Please call (855) 325-0894 to be directed to the appropriate office for assistance.



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