Earth Sciences

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.

  • Geology: This course focuses on the essentials of Geology, providing more depth of coverage. This course is available both as a Candela course or a Waymaker course.
  • Earth Science: This course covers a broad range of topics from minerals to the solar system.
  • Physical Geography: This course approaches Geography from a geological perspective—focusing on the earth and earth systems.
  • Natural Resource Biometrics: an Open SUNY Textbook

Additional Offerings

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

Name Source Notes License
The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Penn State Extensive course listings of Energy, Mineral Sciences, Geography, Geosciences, and Meteorology materials to support fully OER classrooms Varies
Physical Geology BC Campus Textbook CC BY
RIO (Research Ideas and Outcomes) Rio Journal An open journal. “Our scope encompasses all areas of academic research, including sicence, technology, humanities, and the social sciences.” CC BY
European Geosciences Union EGU A network of Geologic blogs CC BY
Paleos Paleos This site covers geologic time (as well as cosmic evolution) CC BY
PhET Interactive University of Colorado Boulder Simulations CC BY
Geochronology—Methods and Case Studies InTech Open Textbook. This site has other open texts on it. CC BY
Global Warming—Causes, Impacts and Remedies InTech Open Textbook. This site has other open texts on it. CC BY
NOAA Site NOAA Resources PD
NASA Education: Higher Education NASA Resources PD
Science 360 NSF Video and resources PD
USGS USGS “general interest publications” list of essays and readings PD
Earth Science Wikibooks Textbook CC BY SA
Earth Science Concepts CK-12 Textbook CC BY NC SA
Earth Science CK-12 Textbook CC BY NC SA
Introducing the Environment Open University Course CC BY NC SA
Imageo EGU Repository of geological images; all images are open, but they vary Varies
Forest Measurements: An Applied Approach OpenOregon Textbook CC BY
Environmental Biology OpenOregon Textbook CC BY
Environmental ScienceBites The Ohio State University Textbook. Student writing & open pedagogy project CC BY NC
An Introduction to Geology Salt Lake Community College Textbook CC BY NC SA

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.