Finding OER Search Tools
The links below are intended to provide a jump start with a few specific resources. They are not exhaustive. Use Google Advanced Search (set “usage rights” at the bottom to “free to use share or modify” ), OASIS, MERLOT, OER Commons, OpenEdCuny, and other OER search tools to find updated and additional resources and connect with others. CC Search or the CC Search Browser extension makes it easy to locate, download and cite images. Stay connected by joining disciplinary OER and general OER communities.
Textbooks and Lecture Slides
- Anatomy and Physiology Textbook (OpenStax)*
A dynamic textbook for the two-semester human anatomy and physiology course for life science and allied health majors. The book is organized by body system and covers standard scope and sequence requirements. The web-based version of Anatomy and Physiology also features links to surgical videos, histology, and interactive diagrams.
- Human Anatomy and Physiology Preparatory Course Textbook PDF (Carlos Liachovitzky, CUNY Bronx Community College)
The overall purpose of this preparatory course textbook is to help students familiarize with some terms and some basic concepts they will find later in the Human Anatomy and Physiology I course. The organization and functioning of the human organism generally is discussed in terms of different levels of increasing complexity, from the smallest building blocks to the entire body. This Anatomy and Physiology preparatory course covers the foundations on the chemical level, and a basic introduction to cellular level, organ level, and organ system levels. There is also an introduction to homeostasis at the beginning.
- Concepts of Biology Textbook*
Open textbook “designed for the typical introductory biology course for nonmajors, covering standard scope and sequence requirements. The text includes interesting applications and conveys the major themes of biology, with content that is meaningful and easy to understand. The book is designed to demonstrate biology concepts and to promote scientific literacy.”
- Biology2e Textbook (OpenStax)*
“Biology 2e is designed to cover the scope and sequence requirements of a typical two-semester biology course for science majors. The text provides comprehensive coverage of foundational research and core biology concepts through an evolutionary lens. It includes rich features that engage students in scientific inquiry, highlight careers in the biological sciences, and offer everyday applications. The book also includes various types of practice and homework questions that help students understand—and apply—key concepts.” This updates the earlier edition.
- Microbiology Textbook (OpenStax)*
“Microbiology covers the scope and sequence requirements for a single-semester microbiology course for non-majors. The book presents the core concepts of microbiology with a focus on applications for careers in allied health.”
- Biology for AP Courses Textbook (OpenStax)
- Environmental Biology Textbook (OpenOregon)
“This open textbook covers the most salient environmental issues, from a biological perspective. The text is designed for an introductory-level college science course. Topics include the fundamentals of ecology, biodiversity, pollution, climate change, food production, and human population growth.” Lecture slides for each chapter.
- Biofundamentals – University of Colorado
A one- (evolving into two) semester introductory course on the evolutionary, molecular, genetic, genomic & systems foundations of modern biology
- Cell and Molecular Biology Focuses on experimental support for what we know about cell and molecular biology. Written to serve as the introductory biology course for biology majors with high school chemistry and biology prerequisites as well as for “gateway” cell and molecular biology courses for students with a college-level general biology and general chemistry course background.
- CK-12 College Human Biology covers cell biology, genetics, evolution, physiology, disease, nutrition, and ecology. By CK-12, Jean Brainard, Ph.D., and Rachel Henderson, Ph.D.
*Lectures slides for OpenStax books can be obtained by signing up as an instructor at Openstax. Some of these lecture slides are also available at OERCommons.
All 33 OpenStax books are also available as PressBooks versions at BCcampus. There are also adapted OpenStax, Boundless (archived by Lumen Learning) and other biology books and anciliaries at LibreTexts.
Homework and Exercises
The links below provide results for biology homework and assignments from the listed OER repositories and platforms. This section is under development.
- MyOpenMath (under development)
- OpenStax (see the above textbook section)
- MERLOT Biology Homework and Assignments
- OER Commons – Biology Homework and Assignments
Lab Experiments and Manuals
- Principles of Biology I Lab Manual This lab manual was created for BIOL 1107, Principles of Biology I, through an ALG Textbook Transformation Grant. Copies of this lab manual by chapter are also available at http://libguides.daltonstate.edu/PrinciplesofBiology/labmanual.
- Genetics Lab Manual (CUNY City Tech). By Professor Christopher Blair of CUNY City Tech.
- Principles of Biology I & II Lab Manuals (Dalton State College)
By Susan Burran and David DesRochers, Dalton State College.
- Biology 101A Lab Packet Lab Manual for BIO101 at Mt Hood Community College.
- Unfolding the Mystery of Life, Biology Lab Manual for Non-Science Majors (Mercer County CC)
“This laboratory manual is intended for use in a biology laboratory course taken by non-science majors, pre-biology, and pre-allied health majors. Laboratory exercises provide students with experience in basic laboratory skills, gathering and organizing data, measuring and calculating, hypothesis testing, analysis of data, writing, and laboratory safety.”
- General Biology 101 (Rutgers)
- General Biology OER Laboratory Manual (on Manifold)
By Farshad Tamari, Kristin Polizzotto, Dmitry Brogun, and Azure Faucette (Kingsborough Community College)
- Biology (Phet.Colorado.edu)
- Interactive tutorials and hands-on activities for Biology, Medicine, Health, and Humanities (Stanford Univ.)
- Microscope (Univ. of Delaware)
- Biology (Classzone)
- Virtual Lab
- PCR, DNA extraction, gel electrophoresis
- Restriction enzymes
- DNA fingerprinting
- Evolution and semi-permeable membrane
- Online labs and resources for LAGCC Biology courses SCB 105, 201, 202, 203, 204 208, 209 (page is currently not public)
Interactives, Simulations and Games
- phET Biology Interactive Simulations
- Biointeractive Contains hundreds of multimedia resources, including apps, animations, videos, interactive, and virtual labs, to bring the excitement of scientific discovery into your classroom.
Tests, Quizzes and Assessments
This is under construction.
Multi-media and Images
- CC Search or the CC Search Browser extension makes it easy to locate, download and cite images.
- Wikimedia Commons (images, videos, and sounds)
- TED Talks Microbiology (unless otherwise noted, most content are CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 International; TED terms of usage)
- iBiology-Microbiology Research Talks (All content under CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 license (If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you may not distribute the modified material.)
Free to Access Courses, Journals and OER Hubs
- LibreTexts Biology Library (contains textbooks, lab manuals and experiments, simulations, and other ancilaries)
- Merlot – Biology Community Portal Hub of Biology materials. Users can create profiles to review materials, contribute their own resources, and connect with others involved in Biology OER.
- Biology OER at CUNY CityTech
- Wikibooks – Biology contains open content textbooks and other learning resources
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, Medicine Online and PDFs of different subjects that can be downloaded for free by the chapter or the entire book.
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