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

 

 

NameSourceNotesLicense
Introduction to BiologyOLIA 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 BiologyOLIA 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 ArchiveElsevierVarious journals have at least some content that is CC-licensed. See individual journal pages for more details.
Medicines by DesignNIH“Discusses the many different ways medicines work in the body and how this information guides the hunt for drugs of the future.”PD
CourseSourceCourse SourceModular learning materials with assessment strategies aligned with SLOs.CC BY-NC-SA
Cell ImagesCell Image LibraryCheck this page for licensing; it varies across the site.
Create Anatomical ModelsLife Science DBThis 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 JournalAn open journal. “Our scope encompasses all areas of academic research, including science, technology, humanities, and the social sciences.”CC BY
PaleosPaleosThis 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

 

NameSourceNotesLicense
Anatomy & Physiology OLIAn 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 TechnologyOLIHealth 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 ModelsLife Science DBThis 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 ArchiveElsevierVarious journals have at least some content that is CC-licensed. See individual journal pages for more details.
Medicines by DesignNIH“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 JournalAn open journal. “Our scope encompasses all areas of academic research, including science, technology, humanities, and the social sciences.”CC BY
Michigan Histology and Virtual MicroscopyUniversity of MichiganVirtual Slide List for Histology CourseCC 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:

 

NameSourceNotesLicense
Chem1 Virtual TextbookSimon Fraser UniversityThis content needs to be vetted by a subject matter expert for quality, but it is quite extensive.CC BY
ChemistryBoundlessThis content is a little light, but includes good images and visuals.CC BY-SA
CoreChemWikiThe 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 InteractiveUniversity of Colorado BoulderSimulations and ActivitiesCC BY
Elsevier’s Open Journal ArchiveElsevierVarious journals have at least some content that is CC-licensed. See individual journal pages for more details.
RIO (Research Ideas and Outcomes)Rio JournalAn open journal. “Our scope encompasses all areas of academic research, including science, technology, humanities, and the social sciences.”CC BY
Atmospheric Chemistry and PhysicsEGUAn interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences UnionCC BY

 

 

Earth Sciences

Courses

 

 

NameSourceNotesLicense
Physical Geology

Course in SOS platform

BC CampusTextbookCC BY
RIO (Research Ideas and Outcomes)Rio JournalAn open journal. “Our scope encompasses all areas of academic research, including sicence, technology, humanities, and the social sciences.”CC BY
European Geosciences UnionEGUA network of Geologic blogsCC BY
PaleosPaleosThis site covers geologic time (as well as cosmic evolution)CC BY
PhET InteractiveUniversity of Colorado BoulderSimulationsCC BY
Geochronology—Methods and Case StudiesInTech OpenTextbook. This site has other open texts on it.CC BY
Global Warming—Causes, Impacts and RemediesInTech OpenTextbook. This site has other open texts on it.CC BY
NOAA SiteNOAAResourcesPD
NASA Education: Higher EducationNASAResourcesPD
Science 360NSFVideo and resourcesPD
USGSUSGS“general interest publications” list of essays and readingsPD
Earth ScienceWikibooksTextbookCC BY SA
Earth Science ConceptsCK-12TextbookCC BY NC SA
Earth ScienceCK-12TextbookCC BY NC SA
Introducing the EnvironmentOpen UniversityCourseCC BY NC SA
ImageoEGURepository of geological images; all images are open, but they varyVaries

 

 

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.

 

 

NameSourceNotesLicense
Light and MatterLight and MatterThis 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 PhysicsMITA collection of MIT Open CoursesCC BY-NC-SA
Calculus-Based PhysicsAnselmCalculus-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 setsCC BY-SA
Physics LabsAndrews UniversityLabs for General Physics I, General Physics II, Physics for Scientists and Engineers I, and Physics for Scientists and Engineers IICC BY-SA
Atmospheric Chemistry and PhysicsEGUAn interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences UnionCC BY
Global Journal of Physics GJPAn 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