Biology

SUNY OER Courses

SUNY OER Services offers template courses that can serve as starting points for your own development. You can mix, match, and adapt anything from the courses below quite easily.

These courses are delivered via the Lumen Learning platform, and can be integrated into your LMS (Blackboard, Canvas, Moodle) quite easily.

Biology Courses

  • Biology I: This course covers the first half of Introductory Biology, including cell biology, inheritance, and evolution.
  • Biology II: This course covers the second half of Introductory Biology, including different types of organisms, body systems, and ecology.
  • Biology I for Majors: This course covers the first half of Introductory Biology, including cell biology, inheritance, and evolution. It includes instructional materials such as PowerPoints, quiz banks, and interactive self-check exercises.
  • Biology II for Majors: This course covers the second half of Introductory Biology, including different types of organisms, body systems, and ecology. It includes instructional materials such as PowerPoints, quiz banks, and interactive self-check exercises.
  • Microbiology: based on the OpenStax textbook.

Biology Labs

Additional Offerings

Beyond what’s already hosted inside the SUNY OER Services platform, many OER collections contain useful material for Biology courses. If you have suggestions of public domain or Creative Commons content to add here, please let us know.

Name Source Notes License
Introduction to Biology OLI A biology for non-majors course. You have to log-in to view this course, but getting an account is free. CC BY-NC-SA
Modern Biology OLI A biology for majors course. You have to log-in to view this course, but getting an account is free. CC BY-NC-SA
Elsevier’s Open Journal Archive Elsevier Various journals have at least some content that is CC-licensed. See individual journal pages for more details.
Medicines by Design NIH “Discusses the many different ways medicines work in the body and how this information guides the hunt for drugs of the future.” PD
CourseSource Course Source Modular learning materials with assessment strategies aligned with SLOs. CC BY-NC-SA
Cell Images Cell Image Library Check this page for licensing; it varies across the site.
Create Anatomical Models Life Science DB This page allows you to create specific models based on the course’s needs. The site isn’t incredibly intuitive, but there are a lot of youtube instruction videos (e.g., https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJLH1PqH_hg). CC BY-SA
RIO (Research Ideas and Outcomes) Rio Journal An open journal. “Our scope encompasses all areas of academic research, including science, technology, humanities, and the social sciences.” CC BY
Paleos Paleos This site covers cosmic evolution and life (as well as geologic time) CC BY
Environmental Biology OpenOregon Textbook CC BY
Veterinary Histology The Ohio State University Textbook CC BY NC
Identifying Noxious Weeds of Ohio The Ohio State University Identification guide with illustrations. Useful model for adaptation in other contexts. CC BY

If you’d like to utilize any of the above resources in your own classroom, you’re welcome to

  • link directly to them in your learning management system (LMS)
  • copy and paste these materials into any format you’d like (a page in your LMS or a Word document, etc.). Include the copyright information and attribute the source as needed
  • print out materials and distribute them in your classroom. Include the copyright information and attribute the source as needed
  • talk with SUNY OER Services about integrating them into your LMS
  • talk with SUNY OER Services about collecting them in a bound, printed version to provide through your campus bookstore
The timeline for these last two options can vary, and will be discussed as part of your consultation with SUNY OER Services. Get started with consultation services here.