Online Courses

Food Fermentation: The Science of Cooking with Microbes

with Roberto Kolter      
Harvard X, EdX platform; Since February 2021

Science and Cooking: From Haute Cuisine to Soft Matter Science       

with Michael Brenner and David Weitz
Harvard X, EdX platform; Ongoing since fall 2013


Science and CookingX (Chemistry/Physics) are an online courses modeled after the Harvard College Science and Cooking course. During each week of the course, chefs reveal the secrets behind some of their most famous culinary creations – often right in their own restaurants. Inspired by such cooking mastery, the course staff then explains the science behind the recipe. The labs have been re-worked for a standard kitchen and students have the opportunity to be experimental scientists in their own laboratories – their kitchens.

The course is continually offered on the Edx platform. It has enrolled 700,000+ learners from around the world. Students can take the course for free, or choose to pay a small fee to obtain a Verified Certificate. In between each offering the course is available as an archived course and students can explore the material at their own pace, but cannot get credit. [visual syllabus from 2015]