This guide can help you find Biology materials from various OER providers.

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Highlighted Biology Materials

These materials are open educational resources (OER) that are free to use without first seeking permission from the author. However, how they may be used is determined by their licensing .  

Biology  2e.

"Biology 2e is designed to cover the scope and sequence requirements of a typical two-semester biology course for science majors. " -OpenStax

Authors   Mary Ann Clark, Matthew Douglas, Jung Choi
Licensing  CC BY 4.0

Concepts of Biology

"Concepts of Biology is designed for the typical introductory biology course for non-majors, covering standard scope and sequence requirements." -OpenStax 

Authors   Samantha Fowler, Rebecca Roush, James Wise
Licensing  CC BY 4.0


"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. " -OpenStax 

Authors   Nina Parker, Mark Schneegurt, Anh-Hue Thi Tu, Philip Lister, Brian M. Forster
Licensing  CC BY 4.0

Cell and Molecular Biology

This is for an introductory cell and molecular biology course for biology majors with chemistry and biology prerequisites. Linked to copy at Saylor Academy

Written by  Gerald Bergtrom, Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin, 2015 
Licensing  CC BY 4.0 .  

Anatomy and Physiology

"Anatomy and Physiology is a dynamic textbook for the two-semester human anatomy and physiology course for life science and allied health majors." - OpenStax     

Authors   J. Gordon Betts, Kelly A. Young, James A. Wise, Eddie Johnson, Brandon Poe, Dean H. Kruse, Oksana Korol, Jody E. Johnson, Mark Womble, Peter DeSaix
Licensing  CC BY 4.0

Biology OER Collections

The purpose of these discipline specific pages is to showcase content that might be of interest to faculty who are considering adopting open educational resources for use in their classes.