DNA: The Alphabet of Life self-paced online course

Course Description

DNA — just about everyone has heard of it.    

Most people know it can be used to solve crimes or determine paternity. 

Many commercial testing kits are available which offer the ability to trace ancestry or predict the risk of developing certain illnesses.

But few have a true understanding of this amazing molecule or the fundamental role it plays in all life on the planet.

In this course, students will learn:

  • the chemical structure of DNA
  • the mind-boggling amount of DNA humans have in a single cell (and even more amazing, how much DNA is contained in the human body)
  • base-pairing rules
  • how the information within chromosomes is grouped into genes
  • the difference between RNA and DNA
  • how genes are copied into messenger RNA (mRNA) during transcription
  • how mRNA is translated into protein during translation
  • how to use a codon chart and codon wheel
  • the semi-conservative nature of DNA replication
  • the 3 major types of mutations that take place during DNA replication and their downstream effects
  • the role of DNA mutations in sickle cell anemia, cystic fibrosis, and Tay-Sachs disease
  • cell division (mitosis) and the cell cycle
  • the role of gene mutations in cancer

Periodic quizzes (fact checks) will test students’ understanding before moving forward.  Informative videos, simulations, and hands-on activities help make the topics interesting and relevant.

As with all Kristin Moon Science courses, students move through the material at their own pace.

My 12-year-old took this class, and he learned a lot. The vocabulary was most challenging for him, which I was glad to hear. He enjoyed the labs, and I was pleased to see he had a good foundation when we have had other opportunities to participate in genetics activities on field trips. He has a good understanding of Punnet squares and was able to have that discussion with high school and college students. He also enjoyed the Codon Wheel. I would highly recommend this class for anyone looking for a lab science.

-Penelope R.

I learned so much through this course! The information offered in the text was challenging, yet presented in a way that was well-organized and easy to understand, while the videos and activities added to my comprehension. The section on DNA mutations was particularly interesting to me due to my family’s medical history.

-Stacy A.

I absolutely loved the first course in DNA! I took the course in person and with all of the activities i gained a lot of knowledge. I’m a visual kind of learner so all of the visuals were great for me! 

-Kirin G.

I used Dr. Moon’s curriculum for the DNA portion of my biology class. I learned an incredible amount of material, which included plenty of pictures and live videos to help me understand it. Dr. Moon’s curriculum went much more in depth than any other biology curriculum would, and I learned a lot more from it than I would from a regular biology textbook.

-Jessica J.

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2 thoughts on “DNA: The Alphabet of Life”

  1. I absolutely loved the first course in DNA! I took the course in person and with all of the activities i gained a lot of knowledge. I’m a visual kind of learner so all of the visuals were great for me! Some of those activities are in this course, and i think it makes learning this info really fun! This whole learning experience is awesome!

  2. jessiejohns1217

    I used Dr. Moon’s curriculum for the DNA portion of my biology class. I learned an incredible amount of material, which included plenty of pictures and live videos to help me understand it. Dr. Moon’s curriculum went much more in depth than any other biology curriculum would, and I learned a lot more from it than I would from a regular biology textbook. If you’re looking for an in-depth study of DNA, look no further!

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