- Primer on molecular genetics, proteins, and phylogenetic trees
- The origin of life from matter
- Alleged evolutionary relationships
- Mutations and evolution
- Natural selection and speciation
- Icons of evolution
- Evolution in history and culture
- Discussion forums where instructors and students can interact
- Online quizzes with immediate feedback
- Online videos with integrated study guides
- Live chats with the instructors
- Independent projects that apply what you have learned
- Reading assignments that will engage and equip you
Upon completing the course, students will be able to:
- State the basic concepts behind genetics, mutations, and natural selection.
- Recognize alleged evolutionary relationships and the evidence that is claimed to support them.
- Explain mutations with respect to DNA and genetic information.
- Refute the claim that mutations are the “raw material” for the evolution of life on earth.
- Relate the process of natural selection to speciation as it has been observed in nature.
- Identify “icons of evolution” and critically analyze how they are misused to convince people of the “fact” of evolution.
- Relate the history of evolutionary theory to culture and society.
- A certificate of completion will be awarded to those finishing the course with a final score of 75% or higher. In addition, those who pass the course can receive 2 ACSI-accredited Continuing Education Units (CEUs): 1 in biblical studies and 1 in educational studies.
- Students should expect to spend 6–8 hours per week working on the assignments and participating in discussion forums. Complete the coursework at your own pace within each week-long block. More time may be required on weeks that include an independent project.
- The advanced courses are open for enrollment but build on information from the APO 101/111 Foundations in Creation Apologetics course. Students are expected to have a firm grasp on presuppositional apologetics to be successful in any advanced course.