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University of Colorado Boulder

Specialty Topics: Biology Across Disciplines

University of Colorado Boulder via Coursera


In this course, we will explore the applicability and relationship of biology to the arts, business, and psychology. First, we’ll discuss art as a foundational practice to biology and how biology as a science can explain how we interact with the arts, in particular, our experiences making and listening to music. Next, we will discuss the business of biology and how research is funded and the process of clinical trials and human subjects research. Then we will examine two topics at the interface of psychology and biology: (1) human development from conception to adulthood, and (2) how cognition influences how we make decisions about biological issues and best practices for evaluating biological evidence in light of what we know about how we use evidence to make decisions. We will close with a discussion of education and why evidence-based education is important for promoting overall science literacy.


  • The Arts and Biology
    • In this module, we'll explore the intersection of biology with the fine arts.
  • The Business of Biology
    • In this module, we'll explore how business practices and economics influence biology.
  • Tiny Humans: An Exposé at the Intersection of Psychology and Biology
    • This module explores human development, including content typically taught in biology and psychology departments.
  • Making Decisions Using Biological Evidence
    • How does psychology inform how we engage with biology? This module explores the psychology of decision making, including advice for assessing science information you may encounter over the course of your day.
  • Biology, Psychology, and Education
    • In this final module, we'll explore the future of biology education and how to move forward with the biology everywhere mindset.

Taught by

Melanie Peffer


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