University Rankings for Science OpenCourseWare
There are a number of universities that offer free science courses online. Find out which universities have the best science OpenCourseWare based on the number and breadth of science course offerings.
#1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
MIT offers a large selection of free OpenCourseWare (OCW) science courses. Courses consist of text, audio and video and cover a wide range of topics, including earth and planetary sciences, science technology, brain and cognitive sciences, health sciences and nuclear science. As of 2014, U.S. News and World Report ranked MIT's graduate science programs in chemistry, physics, biological sciences and computer science number one in the nation.
#2. John Hopkins University
The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health offers free access to over 100 of the most popular OCW health and social science courses. Lectures, lecture notes, reading assignments and hand-outs make up the bulk of the course material. Johns Hopkins University was ranked 12th among national universities in 2014, according to U.S. News.
#3. University of California, Berkeley
Each semester, the University of California, Berkeley produces webcasts of certain courses that can be replayed on demand. There are many free science courses to choose from, including courses that focus on biology, chemistry, physics and other sciences. Courses can be viewed with RealPlayer or downloaded as an mp3 file. The University of California, Berkeley was ranked 20th among national universities in 2014 by U.S. News.
#4. Open University
The OpenLearn website from the United Kingdom's Open University provides access to more than 50 excerpts of free science, math and technology courses. Most of the courses are text-based and are labeled as introductory, intermediate or advanced so it is easy to decide which course to take.
#5. Carnegie Mellon University
Carnegie Mellon University's Open Learning Initiative offers OCW science courses in anatomy, biology and chemistry. All courses contain a mix of text, videos, and virtual lab activities to ensure the ultimate learning experience. Carnegie Mellon was ranked 23rd among national universities by U.S. News in 2014.
#6. Tufts University
The Tufts University School of Arts and Sciences offers OCW science courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Courses cover subjects in modern physics, genetics and microbiology. All of the free courses are easy to download and include lectures, assignments, quizzes and exams. U.S. News ranked Tufts University 28th among national universities in 2014.
#7. Utah State University
The free science courses offered online through the Utah State University OCW program provide instruction in biology, chemistry, physics and human physiology. Course materials include lectures, assignments, images and other educational resources.
#8. University of Massachusetts, Boston
The University of Massachusetts, Boston offers two general biology courses as part of its OCW program. General Biology I examines life processes at the molecular and cellular level and General Biology II examines process at the organismal and population levels.
#9. University of Southern Queensland
The University of Southern Queensland in Australia offers a wide range of free courses through their OCW program, which includes one general science course. The course includes a study schedule, study materials, assignments and assessment tests.