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Bio!fundamentals 2.0
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Our goal is to present the key observations and unifying concepts upon ...

Our goal is to present the key observations and unifying concepts upon which modern biology is based; it is not a survey of all biology! Once understood, these foundational observations and concepts should enable you to approach any biological process, from disease to kindness, from a scientific perspective. To understand biological systems we need to consider them from two complementary perspectives; how they came to be (the historic, that is, evolutionary) and how their structures, traits, and behaviors are produced (the mechanistic, that is, the physicochemical)

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Biology
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Textbook
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University of Colorado Boulder
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Virtual Laboratories
Author:
Melanie M. Cooper
Michael W. Klymkowski
Kansas State University Human Nutrition (FNDH 400) Flexbook
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FNDH 400 is a 3-hour, intermediate-level, nutrition course at Kansas State University ...

FNDH 400 is a 3-hour, intermediate-level, nutrition course at Kansas State University taught on campus every spring semester, and all 3 semesters (fall, spring, summer) via the Division of Continuing Education. On campus most students in the class are majoring in Nutritional Sciences, Public Health Nutrition, Nutrition & Kinesiology, Athletic Training, and Dietetics. There is an increasing number of Biology, Life Sciences and other majors taking the course.

Students in addition to having access through Google Docs, can download the flexbook as an .odt, .pdf, .rtf, .doc, text, or html file giving them flexibility to use the document how they would like. Students can also choose whether they would like to read flexbook digitally or print and read on paper.

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Nutrition
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Full Course
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Kansas State University
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Individual Authors
Author:
Brian Lindshield Ph.D.
Anatomy and Physiology
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Anatomy and Physiology is a dynamic textbook for the two-semester human anatomy ...

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.

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Anatomy/Physiology
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Textbook
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Rice University
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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
Anatomy and Physiology I
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Includes the study of the gross and microscopic structure of the systems ...

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
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Lumen Learning
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Candela Courseware
Anatomy and Physiology II
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Includes sections on the Endocrine System, the Cardiovascular System, the Lymphatic and ...

Includes sections on the Endocrine System, the Cardiovascular System, the Lymphatic and Immune System, the Respiratory System, the Digestive System, Nutrition, the Urinary System, the Reproductive System, and Development and Inheritance.

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Anatomy/Physiology
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Full Course
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Lumen Learning
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Candela Courseware
Biology
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Biology is designed to cover the scope and sequence requirements of a ...

Biology 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 clicker questions to help students understand—and apply—key concepts.

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Biology
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Textbook
Provider:
Rice University
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OpenStax College
Author:
Connie Rye
Jean DeSaix
Jung Choi
Robert Wise
Vladimir Jurukovski
Biology I
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An introduction to biology intended for non-science majors. Focus areas include chemical ...

An introduction to biology intended for non-science majors.  Focus areas include chemical foundations, cell structure and division, genetics, and evolution.

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Biology
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Full Course
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Lumen Learning
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Candela Courseware
Author:
David Fernandez
Leslie Orzetti
Paula Rodgers
Biology II
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This template course was developed from generally available open educational resources (OER) ...

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.

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Biology
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Full Course
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Lumen Learning
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Candela Courseware
Botany
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In this course, you will learn the basics of plant biology. The ...

In this course, you will learn the basics of plant biology. The student will begin with plant anatomy, learning the names and functions of all of the parts of a plant, then move on to plant physiology, where you will learn about photosynthesis, growth, and reproduction. Next, the student will study plant evolution according to the fossil record and examine the diversity of plant life in existence today and how that diversity impacts global ecology. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to: identify and describe the functions of the different cells, tissues, and organs that make up a plant; describe the major life processes in plants (photosynthesis, respiration, transpiration, growth and development, and reproduction) at the tissue, organ, cellular, and molecular level; explain the history and evolution of plants on earth; discuss plant diversity and identify the major characteristics of plant phylogenetic divisions; explain how plants fit into the global ecological system and why they are essential for life on earth. (Biology 306)

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Botany
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Full Course
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The Saylor Foundation
Cell and Molecular Biology: What We Know & How We Found Out
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Like most introductory science textbooks, this one opens with a discussion of ...

Like most introductory science textbooks, this one opens with a discussion of scientific method. A key feature is its focus on experimental support for what we know about cell and molecular biology. Understanding how science is practiced and how investigators think about experimental results is essential to understanding the relationship of cell structure and function…, not to mention our relationship to the natural world. This is a free Open Education Resource (OER), covered by a Creative Commons CCBY license (check out the Preface!). Every chapter begins with learning objectives and links to relevant recorded lectures. As used by the author, the iText engages students with embedded “just-in-time” learning tools. These include instructor’s annotations (comments) directing students to animations or text of interest, as well as links to writing assignments and quizzes. These interactive features aim to strengthen critical thinking and writing skills necessary to understand cell and molecular biology, not to mention science as a way of thinking in general. Please excuse the marketing terms, but you can choose between Bronze, Silver, or Gold versions, reflecting increasing potential for student interaction with the iText. Download your choice of the iText or the sample chapter at one of the links below.

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Biology
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Provider:
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Provider Set:
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Digital Commons
Author:
Gerald Bergtrom
Cell Biology
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This course will present the student with a detailed overview of a ...

This course will present the student with a detailed overview of a cell's main components and functions. The course is roughly organized into four major areas: the cell membrane, cell nucleus, cell cycle, and cell interior. The student will approach most of these topics straightforwardly, from a molecular and structural point of view. Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to: explain what a eukaryotic cell is, identify the components of the cell, and describe how a cell functions; explain how cell membranes are formed; identify the general mechanisms of transport across cell membranes; list the different ways in which cells communicate with one another--specifically, via signaling pathways; define what the extracellular matrix is composed of in different cells and how the extracellular matrix is involved in forming structures in specific tissues; list the components of the cell's cytoskeleton and explain how the cytoskeleton is formed and how it directs cell movements; explain the fundamentals of gene expression and describe how gene expression is regulated at the protein level; define and explain the major cellular events involved in mitosis and cytokinesis; identify the major cellular events that occur during meiosis; describe the eukaryotic cell cycle and identify the events that need to occur during each phase of the cell cycle; identify all of the major organelles in eukaryotic cells and their respective major functions. (Biology 301)

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Biology
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Full Course
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The Saylor Foundation
Clinical Procedures for Safer Patient Care
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This open educational resource (OER) was developed to ensure best practice and ...

This open educational resource (OER) was developed to ensure best practice and quality care based on the latest evidence, and to address inconsistencies in how clinical health care skills are taught and practised in the clinical setting. The checklist approach, used in this textbook, aims to provide standardized processes for clinical skills and to help nursing schools and clinical practice partners keep procedural practice current. Each skill/procedure is covered in a chapter that has learning objectives, a brief overview of the relevant theory, checklists of steps for procedures with the rationale behind each step of the process, and a summary of key takeaways. Key terms are set in bold throughout the book and laid out again in a Glossary in the appendix. All 88 checklists are also summarized, and hyperlinked to the original checklist, in the appendix.

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Health, Medicine and Nursing
Material Type:
Textbook
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BCcampus
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BCcampus Open Textbooks
Concepts of Biology
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Concepts of Biology is designed for the introductory biology course for nonmajors ...

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.

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Biology
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Textbook
Provider:
Rice University
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OpenStax College
Author:
James Wise
Rebecca Roush
Samantha Fowler
Developmental Biology
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In this course, the student will learn about the field of developmental ...

In this course, the student will learn about the field of developmental biology from its origins to the present day. The course will take a look at historical experiments as well as modern techniques and the mechanisms of development. The student will follow a variety of metazoan organisms from their start at fertilization through the stages of their development and on to entire organismal and post-embryonic development, learning along the way about the molecular and genetic regulations involved in these processes. (Biology 310)

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Biology
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Full Course
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The Saylor Foundation
eText of Human Anatomy and Physiology
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This “streamlined” text provides detailed information about the salient topics covered in ...

This “streamlined” text provides detailed information about the salient topics covered in a traditional first year two course sequence in college Anatomy and Physiology without a lot of peripheral information. This allows students to focus on the primary concepts without getting lost in ancillary information that may or may not be relevant. This text should also serve as a good review for anyone wanting to brush up on the subject. Interested readers will include allied health students such as nursing, surgical technology, physical therapy, medical assistant, dental assistant, massage therapy, pre-medical and pre-chiropractic. It is presented in an etext format that allows a number of advantages over printed medium. These include the ability to search through the text by entering terms in the search window (eliminating the need for an index), the ability to enlarge diagrams, and the portability of an electronic file. There are also review questions at the end of each chapter with an answer key in the back of the text. Lastly there is a text webpage that includes learning plans, podcasts, powerpoints, links and videos to help students along. This material is licensed under the creative commons license. This means that instructors are free to share, copy, modify and distribute. The only requirement is to cite the author. Contains content for 2-semester course sequence in human anatomy and physiology. Many illustrations and review questions.

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Anatomy/Physiology
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Textbook
Provider:
Moraine Park Technical College
Author:
Dr. Bruce Forciea
Evolutionary Biology
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This course will look at the various mechanisms of evolution, how these ...

This course will look at the various mechanisms of evolution, how these mechanisms work, and how change is measured. The course will begin by reviewing the evolutionary concepts of selection and speciation. The student will then learn to measure evolutionary change and look at the history of life according to the fossil record and a discussion of the broad range of life forms as they are currently classified. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: define evolution and describe different types of selection; provide examples of microevolutionary forces and describe how they impact the genetics of populations; describe the Hardy-Weinberg principle and solve problems related to Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium; provide examples of games used in evolutionary game theory; connect biological phenomena to game theory; develop simple phylogenies from molecular or morphological data; identify important evolutionary events that have occurred throughout geologic time; characterize and provide examples of major plant and animal phyla. (Biology 312)

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Biology
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Full Course
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The Saylor Foundation
Healing Earth: Biodiversity
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This chapter of the Healing Earth e-textbook outlines the scientific meaning of ...

This chapter of the Healing Earth e-textbook outlines the scientific meaning of biodiversity and utilizes Ignatian pedagogy to further a reader's understanding of biodiversity's meaning in terms of ethics, morality and spirituality . It includes a case study of the Mirrar people and the mining of uranium in Kakadu; the relationship between biodiversity and evolution; explanations of ecosystems and biomes; and major threats to biodiversity and the ethical, moral, and spiritual needs to counter those threats.

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Ecology
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Loyola University Chicago
Provider Set:
International Jesuit Ecology Project
Author:
Bill Anderson
Carolyn Martsberger
Christopher Peterson
Clyde Goulden
David Slavsky
George McGraw
Hilly Ann Roa-Quiaoit
Jaime Tatay
Jame Schaefer
Jennifer L. Snyder
Jesse Manuta
Jo Beth D'Agostino
Julie Belandres-Otadoy
Lazar Savari
Leonard Chiti
Luiz Felife Guanaes Rego
Meghan Toomey
Michael Schuck
Nancy Tuchman
Nélida Naveros Córdova
Nicholas Tete
Patrick Daubenmire
Paulus Wiryono
Pedro Linares
Pedro Walpole
Philip Nahlik
Ping Jing
Rachel Hart Winter
Rev. John S.J. Braverman
Shannon Jung
Stephen Mitten
Thomas Lovejoy
Veronica Gaylie
William French
Healing Earth: Energy
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Meeting the energy needs of human beings depends on a thorough understanding ...

Meeting the energy needs of human beings depends on a thorough understanding of the science of energy. Acting to meeting those needs in an environmentally and socially responsible way depends on ethical analysis and spiritual reflection. As with every topic in Healing Earth, today's energy challenges must be approached from the standpoint of an integral ecology--a standpoint that integrates science, ethics, spirituality, and action.

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Ecology
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Loyola University Chicago
Provider Set:
International Jesuit Ecology Project
Author:
Bill Anderson
Carolyn Martsberger
Christopher Peterson
Clyde Goulden
David Slavsky
George McGraw
Hilly Ann Roa-Quiaoit
Jaime Tatay
Jame Schaefer
Jennifer L. Snyder
Jesse Manuta
Jo Beth D'Agostino
Julie Belandres-Otadoy
Lazar Savari
Leonard Chiti
Luiz Felife Guanaes Rego
Meghan Toomey
Michael Schuck
Nancy Tuchman
Nélida Naveros Córdova
Nicholas Tete
Patrick Daubenmire
Paulus Wiryono
Pedro Linares
Pedro Walpole
Philip Nahlik
Ping Jing
Rachel Hart Winter
Rev. John S.J. Braverman
Shannon Jung
Stephen Mitten
Thomas Lovejoy
Veronica Gaylie
William French