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Introduction to Biology

BEN U ACADEMICS College Preparatory
Introduction to Biology

This online non-college credit course provided by Kaiser Permanente School of Allied Health Sciences (KPSAHS) is a six week (20 hour) program that introduces students to the field of biology and prepares them for traditional in-classroom college level study. The course is populated with learner-centered tools including media-rich lesson presentations, interactive glossaries, personalized study guides, and a pacing guide that allows students to better manage their time during the program. Students are introduced to the core disciplines of cellular biology, biotechnology, genetics, evolution, ecology and other key areas of biology at an introductory post-secondary level. By taking this course students should be able to outline the structure of the living world, understand basic biology concepts and terminologies, explain the relationship among DNA, mRNA, amino acids, and proteins as well as analyze population growth and decline.


Topic/Modules include:


  • Life & Matter, Cell Basics, DNA, Energy Transport , Evolution, Biodiversity, Ecology, and Biotechnology
Transferability Requirement

BHMT participants are responsible for making sure selected course(s) will transfer to the accepting institution.


PLEASE NOTE: BHMT will use your available KP tuition reimbursement funds for eligible tuition, fees and materials expenses. If available tuition reimbursement funds are not sufficient to cover expenses, BHMT will cover the remainder at no cost to you.




  • You must be a KP Union Alliance or Coalition Employee with “active” KP employment status.
  • You must have completed your probationary period.
  • You must be a BHMT eligible part-time or full-time KP benefited employee.
  • You must be able to attend required pre-class online orientation.
  • Open to all regions.

  • None

  • Have computer access with internet
  • If you don’t have access to a reliable computer, we can lend you one! Learn more.


Academic Calendar




Mandatory online orientation: You must complete an online orientation by the end of the first week of class. The online orientation is available to you any time after registration closes. Note: If you have taken the Online Orientation as a prerequisite for another KPSAHS class, you do not have to take it again. You will automatically be exempted when you enroll for this class.


Important Certificate Information: You must complete all the lessons and the final exam at 80% or higher to receive a 24 hour advanced certificate.


Student Agreement

This program and participation is governed by the terms of the BHMT Student Agreement. Please take a few moments to familiarize yourself with the student agreement; by registering and participating in this program you are agreeing to comply with it.

Unsuccessful Course Completion and Dropped Class Policy

Ben U programs require your time and effort on a consistent basis as well as communicating with the course instructor, tutor, or BHMT Career Counselor if you are having difficulties or conflicts. Should you not complete your program successfully with a ‘C’ or better, pass, or drop the course by the institution’s 1st drop date, your participation in Trust programs may be suspended for a period of twelve months.