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Biology

Open Textbooks

  • Anatomy & Physiology Textbook (OpenStax)
    Open 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.”
  • 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.”
  • Environmental Biology Textbook (OpenOregon)
    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.”
  • 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.”
  • 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.”
  • Digital Histology
    “The teaching of histology increasingly relies on digital resources in lieu of traditional microscope laboratories. Digital Histology provides an open educational resource that combines a digital atlas with extensive descriptive text. It is organized as a multi-hierarchy outline that reinforces broader histological concepts and parallels the content of most histology textbooks. Digital Histology, featuring on-demand labeling of structures and interactive quizzes with formative feedback, can be used by a diverse group of learners.”

Open & Zero-Cost Sites & Hub

  • Biology LibreTexts
    Hub of Biology resources maintained by faculty, students, and outside experts. Resources include textbooks, homework exercises, visualizations and more.
  • 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.

 

Open Ancillaries, Lab Manuals, & Simulations

 

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