Natural Sciences

 

The following is a curated list of OER materials available in your particular subject area. The items you see here are generally well-developed, effectively structured, and are used and recommended by faculty in the SUNY system.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of all the openly licensed material available. If you don’t see something you need, we’d love to hear from you.

If you’d like to add to this list, please let us know.

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Biology

Biology Courses

Biology Labs

 

 

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

 

 

Anatomy & Physiology

Anatomy and Physiology Courses

Anatomy and Physiology Labs

Additional Resources

BodyParts 3D by The Database Center for Life Science (CC BY-SA): 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, like this one:

https://youtu.be/CJLH1PqH_hg

 

Name Source Notes License
Anatomy & Physiology OLI An A&P course. You have to log-in to view this course, but getting an account is free. CC BY-NC-SA
Health Information and Technology OLI Health information and technology course. You have to log-in to view this course, but getting an account is free. CC BY-NC-SA
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
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
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
Michigan Histology and Virtual Microscopy University of Michigan Virtual Slide List for Histology Course CC BY-NC-SA
Another link to the histology slides

 

 

Chemistry

Chemistry Courses

Chemistry Labs

Chemistry Homework Sets

These algorithmic homework sets align with the texts above:

The following homework sets are currently under development:

 

Name Source Notes License
Chem1 Virtual Textbook Simon Fraser University This content needs to be vetted by a subject matter expert for quality, but it is quite extensive. CC BY
Chemistry Boundless This content is a little light, but includes good images and visuals. CC BY-SA
Core ChemWiki The most promising part of the content. It has deeper resources on concepts, and could be brought in as the main content, or to enhance existing content. CC BY-NC-SA
PhET Interactive University of Colorado Boulder Simulations and Activities CC BY
Elsevier’s Open Journal Archive Elsevier Various journals have at least some content that is CC-licensed. See individual journal pages for more details.
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
Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics EGU An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union CC BY

 

 

Earth Sciences

Courses

 

 

Name Source Notes License
Physical Geology

Course in SOS platform

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

 

 

Physics

Physics Courses

There are also algorithmic physics questions available in MyOpenMath, an online math education system. You can visit the site to request an instructor account and access the questions.

 

 

Name Source Notes License
Light and Matter Light and Matter This site has several different physics books:

Light and Matter—physics for students majoring in the life sciences

Simple Nature—physics for scientists and engineers, with a nontraditional order of topics

Mechanics—introductory mechanics for scientists and engineers, with a traditional order of topics

Conceptual Physics

Problems in Introductory Physics

Fundamentals of Calculus

Relativity for Poets

Special Relativity

General Relativity

CC BY-SA
MIT Physics MIT A collection of MIT Open Courses CC BY-NC-SA
Calculus-Based Physics Anselm Calculus-Based Physics is an introductory physics textbook designed for use in the two-semester introductory physics course typically taken by science and engineering students. This book includes problem sets CC BY-SA
Physics Labs Andrews University Labs for General Physics I, General Physics II, Physics for Scientists and Engineers I, and Physics for Scientists and Engineers II CC BY-SA
Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics EGU An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union CC BY
Global Journal of Physics GJP An international open access, peer reviewed, online journal that communicates current, originative research in the areas of Physics field. The journal welcomes the submission of manuscripts that meet the general criteria of significance and scientific preeminence. Original works are invited in form of research paper/ manuscript. Manuscripts should follow the style of the journal and are subject to both review and editing. Manuscripts submitted to GJP must not have been submitted simultaneously to other journals. CC BY