Biology for Non-Majors I introduces students to the basics of the scientific process, the chemical foundations of life, cell structure and function, photosynthesis, cellular respiration, genetics and inheritance, and evolution. Designed for non-life science majors, this course is the first in a two-part series that completes a survey of biological principles.
This course was developed by Lumen Learning, with contributing work from Veronica Amaku and Renu Jain of Houston Community College, with additional work by Shelli Carter. Primary sources for course materials include the OpenStax textbooks, Concepts of Biology and Biology, supplemented with relevant materials from Khan Academy and videos from multiple sources. Original practice activities were authored by Shelli Carter and Lumen Learning in the development of this course.
We believe in making continuous improvements to our courses in order to enhance and facilitate student learning. This newest version of the course includes data-driven improvements to assessment questions and text content in order to better illustrate, clarify, and evaluate concepts.
This course was developed by Lumen Learning with significant contributions by:
Primary Content Authors
Veronica Amaku, Houston Community College
Renu Jain, Houston Community College
Shelli Carter, Contributor
This book has benefited from the contributions of many people, including Keth Laurel Catayas, Kaylee Davis, Caroline Deitch, John Doudna, Wendy Foley, Grace Hawkins, Tammi Hinkley, Bronwyn Jennifer, Reilly Kendrick, Earl Leverenz, Christopher Nolan, Jackie Rodriguez, Brian Schwartz, Kate Tremblay, and Matthew Wiens.
Lumen Learning courseware is based on open educational resources (OER). When we can find well designed, effective OER that are appropriately licensed, we use them in our courseware. When we can’t find pre-existing OER, we create original content and license it as OER (under a Creative Commons Attribution license).
Lumen’s authoring process doesn’t end when our courseware is released. Our choice to adopt open educational resources means that we have the copyright permissions necessary to engage in continuous improvement of our learning content. Consequently, our courses are continually being revised and updated. Errata reported for our courseware are fixed in a matter of days, as opposed to the traditional model in which errors persist until the next “edition” is printed (often a year or more). Students and faculty can suggest improvements to our courses directly from within the courseware as they use it. And we conduct regular analyses to determine where students are struggling the most in our courseware, and make improvements that specifically target these areas.
Given our unique approach, our list of authors and other contributors may look different than the lists you are used to seeing. We provide both a list of the primary content authors (the people involved in the initial creation of the course) and a list of everyone who has contributed suggestions and other improvements to the course since it was first released. We invite you to join us as we create courseware that supports student learning more effectively each semester.
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