Science is organized knowledge.
Wisdom is organized life.
– Immanuel Kant
Why You Are Who You Are
Award-winning Professor Mark R. Leary explores the many ways our behavior effects our life through the intriguing science of our personalities.
Life in the World's Oceans
An award-winning professor of marine science reveals the great diversity of life in the world’s oceans.
What Einstein Got Wrong
Discover the fallible side of the world’s most celebrated genius as you trace Einstein’s path to greatness.
Explore the thrilling world of pulsars, quasars, and supermassive black holes with an active radio astronomer.
Join a zoologist at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo for 24 lectures that reveal the scientific marvels of animal life on our planet.
Psychology of Human Behavior
Get an accessible yet amazing introduction to a complex subject led by a renowned professor.
Master the principles of engineering with 17 hands-on projects you can do yourself taught by a West Point engineer.
Take a glimpse into our selected primate heritage to understand the forces that continue to shape us.
Physics in Your Life
An award-winning professor brings physics down to earth from everyday examples to universal principles.
Mysteries of the Microscopic World
Join a scientific detective story through a world of wonder with an award-winning professor.
Food, Science, and the Human Body
Join an award-winning anthropologist for an exploration of the evolution of the human diet and its relationship to our bodies.
The Science of Flight
Master the principles of flight with an award-winning professor and Smithsonian curators.
Anthropology and the Study of Humanity
Biology, archaeology, language, and culture—gain a comprehensive understanding of humanity’s development from an acclaimed professor and field researcher.
Learn to see and appreciate the amazing plants all around you, guided by a renowned Professor of Biology.
The Theory of Everything
Do you like a good detective story? Join a renowned scientist trying to solve nature’s ultimate mystery.
Brain Myths Exploded: Lessons from Neuroscience
Join an acclaimed neuroscientist for 24 lectures that bust popular myths about memory, dreams, emotions, consciousness, and more.
The Remarkable Science of Ancient Astronomy
Discover the ancient sky with an award-winning teacher and noted astronomer.
Introduction to Paleontology
Explore the latest paleontological discoveries and what they reveal about life on Earth with the Smithsonian and an award-winning professor.
How You Decide: The Science of Human Decision Making
Join an award-winning professor and discover the surprising results from the field of decision science to learn how to make better decisions in all aspects of life.
Chemistry and Our Universe: How It All Works
Chemistry is the science of how everything interacts. An award-winning professor covers it all—from the periodic table to pH to poisons to plate tectonics.
Understanding Cultural and Human Geography
From climate change and population growth to the global economy and geopolitical strife, tackle the world’s biggest questions in this one-of-a-kind course.
Understanding the Inventions That Changed the World
Enjoy a brilliant course that will transform the way you think about science, technology, and the entire course of human history.
My Favorite Universe
Let Neil deGrasse Tyson take you on a journey around the Universe and explore mind-bending concepts such as black holes, extraterrestrials, and the Big Bang.
Big Data: How Data Analytics Is Transforming the World
Investigate the information revolution—which is changing everything from marketing to medical care—and learn how to put big data to use in your business and personal life.
The Science of Extreme Weather
Tour the world’s wildest weather with a storm-chasing, prize-winning meteorologist in these 24 thrilling lectures on tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards, and other wild weather events.
Passions: Philosophy and the Intelligence of Emotions
A distinguished philosopher and author takes you on a tour of his more than three-decade-long intellectual struggle to reach an understanding of emotions: "the key to the meaning of life.”
The Aging Brain
A neuroscientist and award-winning professor takes you down to the molecular level of the brain to show you what you can do to prolong your health and keep your mind sharp.
What Are the Chances? Probability Made Clear
Explore the fundamental concepts and fascinating applications of probability in this fun and engaging course by an award-winning mathematician.
Dark Matter, Dark Energy: The Dark Side of the Universe
Examine the key concepts of an expanding universe from Albert Einstein to Edwin Hubble, led by a theoretical physicist.
How to Program: Computer Science Concepts and Python Exercises
Learn one of the world’s most accessible computer languages, Python 3, from a professor at a top ranked university.
The Spiritual Brain: Science and Religious Experience
An award-winning scholar and practicing neuroscientist offers you 24 riveting lectures that explore the new and exciting field of neurotheology, a discipline aimed at understanding the connections between our brains and different kinds of religious phe…
Biology: The Science of Life
Get the complete background and professional guidance to explore in depth the fundamental principles of how living things work taught by an award-winning professor at Duke University who has specially adapted his acclaimed introductory biology course
Being Human: Life Lessons from the Frontiers of Science
Join an acclaimed neurobiologist and award-winning professor for a surprising, amusing, and undeniably fascinating study of what makes…
Origins of the Human Mind
An authoritative guide to the latest information and viewpoints on what neurobiologists, psychologists, and other scientists know about the human mind, brought to you by an award-winning professor with training as a clinical psychologist.
Biology and Human Behavior
Investigate how the human brain is sculpted by evolution, genes, experience, hormones, and other influences to produce a wide range of behaviors, led by a prominent neurobiologist, zoologist, and MacArthur "genius" grant recipient.
Memory and the Human Lifespan
Embark on a startling voyage into the human mind to discover how the various aspects of your memory operate. An award-winning professor explains the different systems that make memory possible and how these systems work together.
Impossible: Physics Beyond the Edge
Delve into some of the most fascinating concepts at the edge of modern physics with a veteran Great Courses Professor who provides an ingenious teaching approach.
The Intelligent Brain
Plunge into a myriad of thought-provoking issues with a pioneer professor and researcher in psychology to better understand what intelligence is and how it works.
Understanding the Universe: An Introduction to Astronomy, 2nd Edition
Get a comprehensive overview of the grandest of all subjects—the universe—in this brilliant and fascinating course taught by one of America's foremost astronomers.
Secrets of Sleep Science: From Dreams to Disorders
Examine groundbreaking research on the enigmatic phenomenon of sleep all the way down to the cellular and molecular level, led by an award-winning scientist.
The Science of Information: From Language to Black Holes
Explore the exciting concepts, history, and applications of information theory in 24 challenging and eye-opening half-hour lectures taught by a world-renowned physicist.
Nature of Earth: An Introduction to Geology
Get a brilliant introduction into a truly fascinating and relevant topic in this course that teaches you the fundamentals of geology.
Everyday Engineering: Understanding the Marvels of Daily Life
Explore the workings of the fascinating buildings, devices, and public utilities that we use almost every minute of the day, in this course taught by an award-winning professor.
The Inexplicable Universe: Unsolved Mysteries
Neil deGrasse Tyson takes you into the heart of some of science's greatest mysteries including string theory, multiple universes, extraterrestrial life, and much more!
Mind-Bending Math: Riddles and Paradoxes
Want to stretch your brain in surprising ways? If you like to think, solve riddles, and exercise your brain, this captivating course examining logic-based brain teasers is for you.
Investigate the fascinating field of modern robotics in 24 lectures by a brilliant roboticist.
Redefining Reality: The Intellectual Implications of Modern Science
Get a grip on reality in 36 enthralling lectures about the changing view of what’s real—in space, in matter, in society, and in your brain.
Fundamentals of Sustainable Living
Learn practical strategies for sustainable living that can help you cut costs, live healthier, and promote a more regenerative world.
An Introduction to Infectious Diseases
Arm yourself with scientific facts about bacterial infections, viruses, vaccines, and more in this engaging course by an award-winning professor and physician.
Music and the Brain
Discover what happens when melody meets the mind in these entrancing lectures on the neuroscience of music.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Techniques for Retraining Your Brain
Discover practical techniques for modifying undesirable behavior and managing your moods with this course that explains how and why cognitive behavioral therapy works.
The Nature of Matter: Understanding the Physical World
Explore the science of chemistry, which deals with matter in its infinite variety—from electrons and water molecules to high-tech materials—in this fascinating course.
The Search for Exoplanets: What Astronomers Know
Join the search for another Earth in this 24-lecture series that explores the brand new science of exoplanets—worlds that exist outside of our solar system.
Major Transitions in Evolution
Join two brilliant and engaging professors on an amazing exploration of evolution’s most important moments—the giant leaps that gave rise to nature's boundless diversity.
Understanding Modern Electronics
Delve into the fascinating world of electrons and see how mankind has harnessed their power to create devices that only decades ago seemed like science fiction.
Optimizing Brain Fitness
Tap into your hidden mental potential and increase your brain's performance in memory, focus, creativity, and more using research-based exercises rooted in neuroscience.
Life in Our Universe
Peer into the exciting new field of astrobiology and learn what science knows about one of the most fundamental questions of all time: Is there life elsewhere in the universe?
The Life and Death of Stars
Gain a better understanding of these spectacular celestial bodies in this enthralling course which features dazzling imagery from Hubble, informative graphics, and animations.
How We Learn
Discover how your mind acquires, processes, and stores new information in this captivating course about the process of learning.
A New History of Life
Learn the history of life in a dramatic new way with this fascinating course that draws upon biology, earth science, and other disciplines to explain life’s mysterious origins.
Skywatching: Seeing and Understanding Cosmic Wonders
Take a tour of the most mysterious and beautiful phenomena of Earth's sky with this course packed with stunning images from telescopes and detailed animations.
Meteorology: An Introduction to the Wonders of the Weather
Gain new insight into the remarkable meteorological phenomena that surround us with this eye-opening course that probes these mysterious forces of nature.
Oceanography: Exploring Earth's Final Wilderness
Probe the ocean depths in this intriguing course that explores what we know about the world's oceans from the tidal zones to the deepest points on the ocean floor.
Medical School for Everyone: Grand Rounds Cases
Stretch your critical thinking muscles in this course that puts you in the shoes of a medical student on Grand Rounds, examining patients and diagnosing their conditions.
What Science Knows about Cancer
Arm yourself with information. In this course taught by a frontline cancer researcher, you discover how cancer is caused, how it works, and what science is doing to stop it.
Understanding the World's Greatest Structures
Take a unique tour of our world’s most remarkable and enduring structural masterpieces and learn why these architectural wonders stand the test of time.
Understanding Greek and Roman Technology
Expand your knowledge of Greek and Roman civilization with this in-depth study of their innovative technologies and feats of engineering.
Foundations of Organic Chemistry
Organic chemistry—one of science’s most complex fields—is finally made clear with this richly illustrated introductory course taught by an award-winning professor.
Stress and Your Body
Discover how stress is negatively affecting your health and learn new strategies to minimize its impact in this course taught by a Macarthur "Genius."
Physics and Our Universe
Discover science's most fundamental branch in this course that covers Newtonian mechanics, thermodynamics, electromagnetism, optics, quantum theory, and more.
The Addictive Brain
Discover the neural mechanisms that underlie the behaviors of addiction in this fascinating course taught by one of the top cognitive neuroscientists in the country.
Thermodynamics: Four Laws That Move the Universe
Delve into the fascinating and enormously important subject of thermodynamics and discover the four laws that govern so much of the world around us.
12 Essential Scientific Concepts
Explore 12 of science’s bedrock ideas in this course that introduces you to exciting fields like quantum theory, emergence, thermodynamics, and brain plasticity.
A Visual Guide to the Universe with the Smithsonian
Produced in partnership with the Smithsonian, these 18 lavishly illustrated lectures take you from our solar system to the farthest reaches of space and time.
The Origin and Evolution of Earth
Explore the frontiers of science with this revolutionary course that rewrites the history of our planet as a single, compelling story involving the coevolution of rocks and life.
The World's Greatest Geological Wonders
Tour Earth’s great diversity and beauty in this awe-inspiring course that visits the most amazing natural wonders in the world and explains the geology that underlies them.
The Higgs Boson and Beyond
Understand one of the most exciting scientific discoveries of our time with this fascinating short course that explains the science behind the hunt for the Higgs boson.
Your Best Brain
Probe the origins of consciousness, intelligence, and more and learn scientifically-proven methods to improve your memory, boost your creativity, and keep your mind sharp.
Real Crime Scenes: The Evidence Speaks
Uncover the secrets of forensic science in this absolutely fascinating program that teaches you how science is used to solve criminal mysteries.
Forensic History: Crimes, Frauds, and Scandals
Step into the world of forensic science and study the most fascinating historical crimes and mysteries ever, in this course taught by a forensic anthropologist.
Our Night Sky
Gain a superb introduction to the wonders of the night sky with this course—taught by an award-winning astronomer—that explores the fundamentals of stargazing.
Understanding the Brain
Go inside the most astonishingly complex organ that has ever existed and learn how it works in this engrossing and surprising course on the human brain.
Marvel at landmark images from the Hubble Space Telescope and better understand astronomy’s latest and greatest discoveries in this visual feast of a course.
Experiencing Hubble: Exploring the Milky Way
Explore the Milky Way galaxy with the Hubble Space Telescope and a prominent astronomer.
Mysteries of Modern Physics: Time
Tackle one of the greatest problems in all of science—the nature of time itself—in this groundbreaking course by one of the foremost researchers in this field.
Black Holes, Tides, and Curved Spacetime: Understanding Gravity
Peer into one of the great mysteries of modern physics—the force of gravity—in this brilliant and insightful course taught by an award-winning professor of physics.
The Great Ideas of Psychology
Get a complete overview of the exciting field of psychology in this comprehensive course that explains the fascinating debates over the continuing mysteries of the mind.
Understanding the Human Body
Discover this essential guide to understanding the remarkable anatomy and physiology of the human body, presented by a trusted surgeon and professor of medicine.
The Joy of Science
Get an integrated understanding of all of science in this mind-expanding course that weaves together biology, physics, astronomy, chemistry, Earth sciences, and more!
Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior
Gain insight into puzzling aspects of human behavior with these thought-provoking lectures on such psychological mysteries as happiness, personality, self-esteem, and more.
Peer into the strange and wonderful world of quantum physics with this course that explains how the quantum world works and why it works that way.
Gain a solid background on DNA and genetics and stay current with the latest advances in genetic engineering with this course by an award-winning professor of biology.
Meaning from Data: Statistics Made Clear
Learn how to understand statistical information and the role it plays in everything from political polls to stock performances in this course taught by a professor of Mathematics.
Logic will get you from A to B.
Imagination will take you everywhere.
– Albert Einstein