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Anatomy and Physiology
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Anatomy and Physiology is a dynamic textbook for the two-semester human anatomy and physiology course for life science and allied health majors. The book is organized by body system and covers standard scope and sequence requirements. Its lucid text, strategically constructed art, career features, and links to external learning tools address the critical teaching and learning challenges in the course. The web-based version of Anatomy and Physiology also features links to surgical videos, histology, and interactive diagrams.

Subject:
Anatomy/Physiology
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Rice University
Provider Set:
OpenStax College
Author:
Brandon Poe
Dean H. Kruse
Eddie Johnson
James A. Wise
J. Gordon Betts
Jody E. Johnson
Kelly A. Young
Mark Womble
Oksana Korol
Peter DeSaix
Date Added:
03/06/2013
Anatomy and Physiology I
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Includes the study of the gross and microscopic structure of the systems of the human body with special emphasis on the relationship between structure and function. Integrates anatomy and physiology of cells, tissues, organs, the systems of the human body, and mechanisms responsible for homeostasis.

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Anatomy/Physiology
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Full Course
Provider:
Lumen Learning
Provider Set:
Candela Courseware
Date Added:
06/13/2019
Anatomy and Physiology I & II (GHC)
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This Open Course is an adaptation of OpenStax Anatomy and Physiology and was created under a Round Nine ALG Textbook Transformation Grant.

Topics covered include:

Chemical Organization
Cellular Organization
Tissue Organization
Integumentary System
Skeletal System
Muscular System
Nervous System
Endocrine System
Cardiovascular System
Lymphatic System
Respiratory System
Digestive System
Reproductive System

Subject:
Anatomy/Physiology
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
University System of Georgia
Provider Set:
Galileo Open Learning Materials
Date Added:
06/20/2018
Anatomy and Physiology Video Set (GHC)
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This set of anatomy videos illustrating parts of the human body was created under a Round Eleven Mini-Grant for Ancillary Materials Creation.

Topics include:

Axial Skeleton
Appendicular Skeleton
Muscles
Nervous System
Anatomy of the Senses

Subject:
Anatomy/Physiology
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
University System of Georgia
Provider Set:
Galileo Open Learning Materials
Author:
Jason Christian
Veronica Morin
Date Added:
06/21/2018
Anatomy and Physiology YouTube Channel
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Short, animated videos on many Anatomy and Physiology topics. Videos used in college courses and cover the content presented in the first 2 semesters of Anatomy and Physiology for Nursing/Allied Health students.

Subject:
Health, Medicine and Nursing
Anatomy/Physiology
Biology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
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Author:
Dr. Bruce Forciea
Date Added:
02/05/2020
BC: BIOL 2 - Introduction to Human Biology (Grewal)
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This course is an introduction to the basic principles of biology focusing on humans as biological organisms. Topics include chemistry; cell and tissue structure; human body structure and function; human reproduction and development; human genetics, heredity and evolution; and human ecology. An emphasis is placed on the application of principles to current issues, including common human diseases, genetic engineering, and the impact of humans on the world's ecosystems.

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
LibreTexts
Author:
Mandeep Grewal
Date Added:
01/16/2020
BIOL 250 Human Anatomy Lab Manual
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Lab 1: Overview & The Microscope
Lab 2: Cytology
Lab 3: Histology
Lab 4: The Integumentary System
Lab 5: The Axial Skeleton
Lab 6: The Appendicular Skeleton
Lab 7: Joints
Lab 8: The Axial Muscles
Lab 9: The Appendicular Muscles
Lab 10: Nervous Tissue
Lab 11: The Central Nervous System (Brain)
Lab 12: Cranial and Spinal Nerves
Lab 13: The Somatic Nervous System (Special Senses)
Lab 14: The Endocrine System
Lab 15: Blood
Lab 16: The Heart
Lab 17: Blood Vessels and Circulation
Lab 18: The Lymphatic System
Lab 19: The Respiratory System
Lab 20: The Digestive System
Lab 21: The Urinary System
Lab 22: The Reproductive System (Male)
Lab 23: The Reproductive System (Female)

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Anatomy/Physiology
Biology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Textbook
Author:
Ame Maloney
John McDaniel
Kevin Chak
Yancy Aquino
Date Added:
02/05/2020
Biology 2e
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Biology 2e is designed to cover the scope and sequence requirements of a typical two-semester biology course for science majors. The text provides comprehensive coverage of foundational research and core biology concepts through an evolutionary lens. Biology includes rich features that engage students in scientific inquiry, highlight careers in the biological sciences, and offer everyday applications. The book also includes various types of practice and homework questions that help students understand—and apply—key concepts.

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Rice University
Provider Set:
OpenStax College
Author:
Jung Choi
Mary Ann Clark
Matthew Douglas
Date Added:
06/14/2019
Biology I
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An introduction to biology intended for non-science majors.  Focus areas include chemical foundations, cell structure and division, genetics, and evolution.

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Full Course
Textbook
Provider:
Lumen Learning
Provider Set:
Candela Courseware
Author:
David Fernandez
Leslie Orzetti
Paula Rodgers
Date Added:
06/13/2019
Biology II
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This template course was developed from generally available open educational resources (OER) in use at multiple institutions, drawing mostly from a primary work published by OpenStax College Concepts of Biology, but also including additional open works from various sources as noted in attributions on each page of materials.

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Full Course
Textbook
Provider:
Lumen Learning
Provider Set:
Candela Courseware
Date Added:
06/13/2019
Clinical Anatomy
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Interactive radiology images, animated modules showing the physiology of difficult to understand muscle groups, sketches of anatomy, and links to the already existing quality neuroanatomy website.

Covers:
Head and Neck
Anatomy Videos
Back and Core
Thorax
Radiological Atlas
Abdomen
Upper Limb
Anatomical Illustrations
Lower Limb
Embryology
Neuroanatomy
Pelvis

Subject:
Health, Medicine and Nursing
Anatomy/Physiology
Biology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
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Module
Unit of Study
Author:
Claudia Krebs
Monika Fejtek
Date Added:
02/05/2020
Concepts of Biology
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Concepts of Biology is designed for the introductory biology course for nonmajors taught at most two- and four-year colleges. The scope, sequence, and level of the program are designed to match typical course syllabi in the market. Concepts of Biology includes interesting applications, features a rich art program, and conveys the major themes of biology.

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Rice University
Provider Set:
OpenStax College
Author:
James Wise
Rebecca Roush
Samantha Fowler
Date Added:
01/30/2013
Environmental Biology
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This open textbook covers the most salient environmental issues, from a biological perspective. The text is designed for an introductory-level college science course. Topics include the fundamentals of ecology, biodiversity, pollution, climate change, food production, and human population growth.

Lecture slides for each chapter are available from https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/119oj6XXHnQMpwu_rCgczDFrZPMbqGN8W

Subject:
Environmental Science
Biology
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
OpenOregon
Author:
Alexandra Geddes
Jonathan Tomkin
Kamala Doršner
Matthew R. Fisher
OpenStax
Tom Theis
Date Added:
01/01/2017
Foundations of Biology Lab Manual
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This is a revision of the Georgia Highlands College Laboratory Manual for Foundations of Biology. Lab exercises include:

The Scientific Method
Organic Molecules
Microscopy
Cell Structure & Function
Enzyme Function
Cellular Respiration and Exercise
Isolation of Photosynthetic Pigments
DNA Extraction from Strawberries
Gel Electrophoresis, Restriction Enzymes Fingerprinting
Mitosis & Meiosis

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
University System of Georgia
Provider Set:
Galileo Open Learning Materials
Author:
Brandy Rogers
Jacqueline Belwood
Jason Christian
Date Added:
05/18/2020
General Biology
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The word biology means, "the science of life", from the Greek bios, life, and logos, word or knowledge. Therefore, Biology is the science of Living Things. That is why Biology is sometimes known as Life Science.

Wikibooks is a collaborative book authoring website, where users from all over the world work together to write textbooks and other types of instructional books on many topics. It is a Wikimedia project, operated by the same group of people who run Wikipedia, the Wikimedia Foundation. You can edit this page, and almost all pages like it, at any time. That is the basic principle of Wikibooks: anyone can edit it.

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Wikibooks
Date Added:
06/15/2019
Human Biology
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This textbook has been created with several goals in mind: accessibility, customization, and student engagement—all while encouraging students toward high levels of academic scholarship. Students will find that this textbook offers a strong introduction to human biology in an accessible format.

Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Introduction to Human Biology and the Scientific Method
Chapter 2: Chemistry and Life
Chapter 3: Cells
Chapter 4: DNA and Gene Expression
Chapter 5: Digestive System
Chapter 6: Energy Considerations
Chapter 7: Blood
Chapter 8: Heart
Chapter 9: Blood Vessels
Chapter 10: Respiratory System
Chapter 11: Hormones
Chapter 12: Urinary System
Chapter 13: Mitosis and Meiosis
Chapter 14: Reproductive Systems
Chapter 15: Skeletal System
Chapter 16: Muscles and Movement
Chapter 17: Nervous System
Chapter 18: Special Senses
Chapter 19: Immune System

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Willy Cushwa
Date Added:
02/05/2020
Human Physiology
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Physiology The word physiology is from the Ancient Greek φυσιολογία (phusiología, "natural philosophy") and it is the study of how organisms perform their vital functions. An example is the study of how a muscle contracts or the force contracting muscles exert on the skeleton. It was introduced by French physician Jean Fernery in 1552. Physiology is built upon a tripod of sciences: physics, chemistry, and anatomy.

Subject:
Anatomy/Physiology
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Wikibooks
Author:
Kevin Young
Date Added:
06/15/2019
Introduction to Biology (Open Course)
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LibGuide detailing several different topics associated with the open course for biology created by GA professors for the Galileo Network.

Note: Some of the links in this course are for library databases and require authentication to access.

Subject:
Biology
Physical Science
Material Type:
Full Course
Unit of Study
Author:
Andrew Dawson
Christian Jason
Collins Christin
Dawson Andrew
Ford Greg
Georgia Highlands College
Greg Ford
Henderson Sharryse
Jason Christian
Sharryse Henderson
Date Added:
02/05/2020
Introduction to Ecology (Open Course)
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Introduction to Ecology is an open course remix of the OpenStax Biology open textbook. The remix includes a modular revision of parts of the text with supplemental questions added.

Subject:
Ecology
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
University System of Georgia
Provider Set:
Galileo Open Learning Materials
Author:
Andrea Darracq
Ching-Yu Huang
Enes Aganovic
Hugo Collantes
James Wilkison
Janice Crook-Hill
Terri Bell
Date Added:
03/20/2018
Introductory Medical Microbiology Ancillary Materials
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This set of lecture materials, laboratory notes, and activities are ancillary materials created for use with OpenStax Microbiology. The materials were created under a Round Nine Textbook Transformation Grant.

Topics covered include:

The Cell
Prokaryotes
Eukaryotes
Acellular Pathogens
Microbial Metabolism
Microbial Growth
Biochemistry of the Bacterial Genome
Microbial Genetics
Microbial Growth
Antimicrobial Drugs
Pathogenicity
Epidemiology
Immune System

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
University System of Georgia
Provider Set:
Galileo Open Learning Materials
Author:
Andrew Dawson
Veronica Morin
Date Added:
06/20/2018
Laboratory Exercises in Microbiology: Discovering the Unseen World Through Hands-On Investigation
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The exercises in this laboratory manual are designed to engage students in hand-on activities that reinforce their understanding of the microbial world. Topics covered include: staining and microscopy, metabolic testing, physical and chemical control of microorganisms, and immunology. The target audience is primarily students preparing for a career in the health sciences, however many of the topics would be appropriate for a general microbiology course as well.

Subject:
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
CUNY Academic Works
Provider Set:
Queensborough Community College
Author:
Joan Petersen
Susan McLaughlin
Date Added:
06/15/2019
Microbiology
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Microbiology covers the scope and sequence requirements for a single-semester microbiology course for non-majors. The book presents the core concepts of microbiology with a focus on applications for careers in allied health. The pedagogical features of the text make the material interesting and accessible while maintaining the career-application focus and scientific rigor inherent in the subject matter. Microbiology’s art program enhances students’ understanding of concepts through clear and effective illustrations, diagrams, and photographs.

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Rice University
Provider Set:
OpenStax College
Author:
Anh-Hue Thi Tu
Ann Auman
Ann Paterson
Ben Rowley
Brian M. Forster
Clifton Franklund
George Pinchuk
Graciela Brelles-Mariño
Mark Schneegurt
Mark Sutherland
Myriam Alhadeff Feldman
Nina Parker
Paul Flowers
Philip Lister
Summer Allen
Date Added:
11/02/2016
Microbiology (BIOL 260)
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Microbiology (BIOL 260) is a health sciences oriented course in microbiology. It has a laboratory component and the labs are intended to be integrated throughout the course. BIOL& 260 is intended primarily for students going in to health-related professions and will emphasize the human disease and health related areas of microbiology. Areas of microbiology such as environmental, agricultural, taxonomy or astrobiology may be mentioned but not emphasized.

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Assessment
Full Course
Reading
Syllabus
Provider:
Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges
Provider Set:
Open Course Library
Date Added:
12/10/2019
Molecular Biology Concepts and Activities
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This overview reviews key concepts and learning activities to help students understand how genes influence our traits by molecular processes. Topics covered include basic understanding of the important roles of proteins and DNA; DNA structure, function and replication; the molecular biology of how genes influence traits, including transcription and translation; and the molecular biology of mutations. To help students understand the relevance of these molecular processes, the suggested learning activities link alleles of specific genes to human characteristics such as albinism, sickle cell anemia and muscular dystrophy. This overview provides links to suggested activities which include hands-on laboratory and simulation activities, web-based simulations, discussion activities and a vocabulary review game.

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Game
Unit of Study
Author:
Ingrid Waldron
Date Added:
02/05/2020
Principles of Biology
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This textbook is designed specifically for Kansas State's Biology 198 Class. The course is taught using the studio approach and based on active learning. The studio manual contains all of the learning objectives for each class period and is the record of all student activities. Hence, this textbook is more of a reference tool while the studio manual is the learning tool.

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Bruce Snyder
Christopher Herren
David Rintoul
Eva Horne
Martha Smith-Caldas
Robert Bear
Date Added:
10/10/2016
Principles of Biology: Biology 211, 212, and 213
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The Principles of Biology sequence (BI 211, 212 and 213) introduces biology as a scientific discipline for students planning to major in biology and other science disciplines. Laboratories and classroom activities introduce techniques used to study biological processes and provide opportunities for students to develop their ability to conduct research.

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Textbook
Provider:
OpenOregon
Author:
Catherine Creech
Lisa Bartee
Walter Shriner
Date Added:
04/15/2021
iBioSeminars
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iBioSeminars (http://www.ibioseminars.org) is a collection of over 80 biology seminars given by the world’s leading researchers. The seminars range in topics from chemical and molecular biology to ecology and evolution. The lectures are typically 90 minutes and are divided into several, stand-alone parts. The first part of the talk is an extended introduction to the field and is suitable for students and non-experts, while the other parts are more detailed research lectures. Currently the speaker list includes 6 Nobel Laureates and 47 National Academy of Sciences members.

Subject:
Biology
Ecology
Physics
Material Type:
Assessment
Full Course
Lecture
Date Added:
02/05/2020