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OER's for Environmental Science: Home

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OER Searching: Best Bets for Environmental Science

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 Environmental Science

Explore open textbooks! The options below might be a good fit for some environmental science courses.

ENV 1110

Environmental Science

Introduction to Environmental Science, 2nd Ed.

From Affordable Learning Georgia and the University System of Georgia, Introduction to Environmental Science, 2nd Ed. covers the basic principles of biology and earth science as a context for understanding environmental policies and resource management practices.
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Environmental Science: A Canadian Perspective



Environmental Biology

From Open Oregon, Environmental Biology covers the most salient environmental issues from a biological perspective, including the fundamentals of ecology, biodiversity, pollution, climate change, food production, and human population growth.
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Environmental ScienceBites (Ohio State)
Environmental ScienceBites Vol. 2 (Ohio State)


ENV 2000

Global Sustainability

Sustainability: A Comprehensive Foundation

From the University of Illinois, Sustainability: A Comprehensive Foundation introduces students to this expanding new field, comprehensively exploring the essential concepts through a multidisciplinary lens. By covering a wide range of topics with a uniformity of style, and by including glossaries, review questions, case studies, and links to further resources, the text has sufficient range to perform as the core resource for a semester course.
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Sustainability, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship (Saylor Foundation)

ENV 4200


Environmental Toxicology

From The Netherlands, Environmental Toxicology, published in 2019, represents a team effort from a group of scientists, working together with toxicology experts around the world. Organized into 6 broad chapters, each subdivided into modules, with questions at the end.

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ENV 1099 / 2099 / 3099 / 4099

Special Topics in Environmental Science

Earth 2020

From Open Book Publishers, Earth 2020: An Insider’s Guide to a Rapidly Changing Planet, published in 2020, brings together a diverse set of expert voices to examine how the Earth’s environment has changed over this past half century, and what lies in store for our planet over the coming fifty years.

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What Works in Conservation
The Environment in the Age of the Internet



Bending the Curve: Climate Change Solutions

From the University of California, Bending the Curve: Climate Change Solutions lays out ten solutions that together can bend the curve of climate warming below dangerous levels. Accompanying Learning Companion available, with review questions.
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Introduction to Climate Science (Oregon State)