Introductory Biology

Introductory Biology

Course Description

An introduction to the major concepts of biology with emphasis on its relevance to current problems in the world. The course stresses the scientific process, genetics, heredity, cellular structure, cellular chemistry, evolution, reproduction, ecology, behavior, and diversity of plants and animals.
Prerequisite: None

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Course Name: Introductory Biology

Course Code: BIOU 8000

Credits: 3 Professional Development Units (PDU)


Yes. Your transcript will come from the records office at Brandman University. They are regionally accredited and award Proffessional Development Units (PDU).


Since Professional Development units (PDU) are not academic credits, they typically cannot be used towards graduation of an undergraduate degree. However, the course may be able to be used as a prerequisite at some schools and/or graduate programs. Since graduate programs usually just need to verify the course has been taken, PDUs are usually acceptable. Ask your counselor for pre-approval by sending him/her the Course Description on Brandman's Site. The course can also be used to learn the material and then receive credit at your college using Credit by Examination. (K-12 use)

Enrollment Schedule:

Enroll any day of the year, and start that same day. Students have five months of access, plus a 30 day extension at the end if needed. Students can finish the self-paced courses as soon as they are able. Most students finish the lower level courses in 4 - 8 weeks. The upper level math classes, such as Calculus and above, usually take students 3-4 months. (Note: The 30-day extension cannot take your total course time six months beyond the date of enrollment. At the end of the six months, we must post a grade with the university.)

Required Textbook:

Yes, this course requires a textbook.

Grading Mode:

Standard Letter Grade

Proctored Final: No

Application Fee: $0

Other Fees: $0

Full Course Price: $429.00

Payment Plan: First payment of $239.45 and a second payment 30 days later of $196.55.

Note: Payment Plan option is broken down into two payments. The first payment is 55% and the second payment, due 30 days later, is 45% of the total course cost. Payment Plan includes a $7.00 convenience fee split between the two payments.

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Course Requirements:

  • Must have Internet access.
  • Must have access to email.
  • Omega MathTM Classes - Must be at or above a 7th grade reading level. Remaining courses require at least a 12 grade reading level.

Pre-approval from your college

Westcott Courses is the teacher of the course, and Brandman University in Irvine California is the college that will issue the transcript. If you would like to make sure your college will accept this course from Brandman University, you can ask your school for pre-approval. Send the link below to your counselor or registrar's office and request pre-approval for the course code above through Brandman University.

The link goes to the course description on Brandman University's site. It is also a dot edu which tells your college that Brandman University is regionally accredited. Therefore, this link has everything your college needs in order to approve the course. Make sure you come back to this page to register. Since you are not a regular student at the University, you must register through this site.

Course Description on Brandman Universities Site

4 Can be used to maintain professional certifications and credentials.