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OER's for Biology: Home

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OER Searching: Best Bets for Biology

Biology Lab Manuals:

Biology Labs Search Results in OER Repositories:

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Some open textbooks include instructor materials like Powerpoint slides, lab manuals, assignments, simulations, etc, while in some cases, those who adopt an OER will create (and license as Open Access) ancillary materials to be used with the original text.

The list below includes online instructional videos that are FREE, though not necessarily open.

Library Resources as Affordable Option

Library resources might be one way to design a course that is affordable for students - these resources are not free, but the cost is already incorporated into student tuition. There are no extra out-of-pocket costs.

Open Textbooks for Biology

Explore open textbooks! The options below might be a good fit for some biology courses.
For lab manuals, see tab under OER Searching: Best Bets.

BIO 1150 / BIO 1160

General Biology I & II

Biology 2e

From Openstax, Biology 2e is designed to cover the scope and sequence requirements of a typical two-semester biology course for science majors.
In use at 8+ NJ colleges & universities.
Reviews available from Open Textbook Library.

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BIO 1105

Human Nutrition & Performance

An Introduction to Nutrition

From Open Textbook Library, An Introduction to Nutrition is written for students who are not majoring in nutrition, but want to learn about the fundamental aspects of nutrition and how it applies to their own lives.
Reviews available from Open Textbook Library.

Go to An Introduction to Nutrition

Human Nutrition (University of Hawaii)
Principles of Nutrition (Affordable Learning Georgia)


BIO 2200 / BIO 2210

Anatomy & Physiology I & II

Anatomy and Physiology

From Openstax, Anatomy and Physiology adheres to the scope and sequence followed by most two-semester A&P courses nationwide.
In use at 6+ NJ colleges & universities.
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BIO 3300

Cellular and Molecular Biology

Cell and Molecular Biology 4e

From University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Cell and Molecular Biology 4e: What We Know and How We Found Out introduces students to the relationship of cell structure and function. Supplemental resources include voice-over Powerpoint recordings and a series of open-ending questions to prompt student writing.
Reviews of earlier edition (3E) available from Open Textbook Library.

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BIO 3500



From Openstax, Microbiology presents the core concepts of microbiology with a focus on applications for careers in allied health.
In use at 3+ NJ colleges & universities.
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Microbiology Textbook and Lab Manual



Microbiology for Allied Health Students

From Open Textbook Library, Microbiology for Allied Health Students has been developed and vetted with input from numerous instructors at institutions across the U.S. With corresponding Lab Manual and instructional materials.
See reviews in Open Textbook Library.

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Health Students