Faculty of Science

Department of Biological Sciences

Biological Sciences

iBiology

Biology 2e

Biology 2e is a peer reviewed textbook with all of the concepts covered in two terms of first year biology. It was written by biology professors from several institutions. Reviews are available.

Includes: Instructor resources, slides, simulations, applications, summaries, exercises, solutions.

Concepts of Biology, 1st Canadian ed

This textbook was adapted for a Canadian audience from an OpenStax textbook. It was designed for students not majoring in Biology. Interactive activities were included for students to check their understanding.

Includes: Instructor resources, student resources, simulations, summaries, exercises, solutions

Biology for Majors I and Biology for Majors II

These texts were created through Lumen Learning to provide an expansive overview of introductory biology for science students.

Includes: Instructor resources, exercises, assignments, solutions

Biology for Non-Majors I and Biology for Non-Majors II

These texts were developed through Lumen Learning to provide a solid biological foundation for non-science students.

Includes: Instructor resources, student resources, applications, summaries

Biodiversity Heritage Library

Though not a textbook, this resource improves research methodology by collaboratively making biodiversity literature openly available to the world as part of a global biodiversity community.

An Interactive Introduction to Organismal and Molecular Biology, 2nd Edition

This interactive textbook begins by orienting students to the nature of science, and then proceeds with units on organismal biology and molecular biology.

Includes: Interactive activities, simulations, videos

A Primer for Computational Biology

Published by Oregon State University, this book aims to provide life scientists and students the skills necessary for research in a data-rich world. Reviews are available.

Phylogenetic Comparative Methods

This book was written by Luke J. Harmon at the University of Idaho, and covers phylogenetic comparative methods using R. Reviews are available.

Includes: Summaries, sample R code

Unfolding the Mystery of Life, Biology Lab Manual for Non-Science Majors

This laboratory manual is intended for use in a biology laboratory course taken by non-science majors, pre-biology, and pre-allied health majors. Reviews are available.

Biochemistry

The Basics of General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry

This peer-reviewed open textbook was developed to suit a one-semester General, Organic and Biological Chemistry course.

Includes: Test questions following examples, end-of-chapter exercises.

Biochemistry Online

This is a comprehensive text meant for university-level biochemistry courses covering topics such as cellular structure, lipid structure, carbohydrate, DNA, binding, transport, kinetics, metabolism, catalysis, oxidation, and signal transduction. There are links and references for further investigation and chapter-based questions. This largely imitates commercial biochemistry textbooks.

Includes: simulations, exercises, solutions, and critical thinking questions.

Cell Biology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Evolution and Ecology

This textbook has been successfully adopted. It should be noted that it was written in the context of Indian universities and has a dedicated section to Indian ecology; however, it is a high-quality resource that covers all of the necessary concepts.

Includes: exercises.

Cellular, Molecular and Microbial Biology

Cell Biology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Evolution and Ecology

This textbook has been successfully adopted. It should be noted that it was written in the context of Indian universities and has a dedicated section to Indian ecology; however, it is a high-quality resource that covers all of the necessary concepts.

Includes: exercises.

General Microbiology

In this textbook the focus will be on the bacteria and archaea (traditionally known as the “prokaryotes,”) and the viruses and other acellular agents. Reviews are available.

Includes: Key words, study questions, exploratory questions

An Interactive Introduction to Organismal and Molecular Biology, 2nd Edition

This interactive textbook begins by orienting students to the nature of science, and then proceeds with units on organismal biology and molecular biology.

Includes: Interactive activities, simulations, videos

Laboratory Exercises in Microbiology: Discovering the Unseen World Through Hands-On Investigation

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. Reviews are available.

Includes: Key terms, case studies

Microbiology (OpenStax)

Microbiology covers the scope and sequence requirements for a single-semester introductory microbiology course for non-majors. The book presents the core concepts of microbiology with a focus on applications for careers in allied health. Reviews are available.

Includes: Summaries, review questions, clinical focus, D2L course cartridge, slides, test bank, practice problem widget

Microbiology: A Laboratory Experience

Designed to support a course in microbiology, Microbiology: A Laboratory Experience permits a glimpse into both the good and the bad in the microscopic world. The laboratory experiences are designed to engage and support student interest in microbiology as a topic, field of study, and career.

Microbiology for Allied Health Students

Microbiology for Allied Health Students is designed to cover the scope and sequence requirements for the single semester Microbiology course for non-majors and allied health students. The book presents the core concepts of microbiology with a focus on applications for careers in allied health. Reviews are available.

Includes: Check your understanding questions, clinical focus, glossary

Ecology

Ecology: Population Growth

Ecology: Population Growth is a Canadian adaptation of Connecting Concepts: Interactive Lessons in Biology by Robert Jeanne and Jan Cheetham (University of Wisconsin). It includes interactive lessons on exponential growth focusing on the zebra mussel population, logistic growth using fish as an example, and elephant population growth.

Licence: CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

Plant Biology

Botany – LibreTexts

Botany is the science of plant life and a branch of biology. Traditionally, botany includes the study of fungi and algae by mycologists and phycologists respectively.

Licence: CC BY-NC-SA

Buds, Branches and Bark: A Guide to Winter ID in the Pacific Northwest

This project was made possible by funding through the Open Education Resource Grant at BCIT.

Licence: CC BY-NC-SA

History and Science of Cultivated Plants

This textbook narrates how humans transitioned from foragers to farmers and have arrived at present-day industrial agriculture-based civilization. It entails myths, historical accounts, and scientific concepts to describe how human efforts have shaped and produced easier to grow, larger, tastier, and more nutritious fruits, vegetables, and grains from wild plants. Using examples of various economically and socially important crops central to human civilization, the book describes the origin of crop plants, the evolution of agricultural practices, fundamental concepts of natural selection vs. domestication, experimental and methodical plant breeding, and plant biotechnology.

Licence: CC BY-NC

Identifying Noxious Weeds of Ohio

This identification guide provides technical descriptions and photos for Ohio’s 21 invasive and noxious weed species. These descriptions include information on habitat, life cycle, key plant characteristics, and a summary of problematic features. Photos included in this guide present the weed species at different stages of maturity for optimal identification aid. This book also provides information on Ohio’s noxious seed law, extension guides to weed control, and a quick guide to weed regulations in Ohio law.

Licence: CC BY

Plant Anatomy and Physiology

This book was created to support teaching of an introductory unit on plant environmental physiology at Charles Darwin University in Australia. It makes use of various images of cells and tissues to introduce and illustrate the range of plant organelles, cells, tissues and organs.

Licence: CC BY-SA

Primary Botany – OER Commons

These resources are appropriate for Applied Science, Education, Life Science, and Physical Science programs.

Licence: Various CC licences

Zoology

Entomology 311 Lab Manual

This book is organized into 9 chapters, each representing a week of study. It has been reviewed.

Includes: Reading, pre-labs, lab assignments

A Guide to the Principles of Animal Nutrition

In this introductory textbook six fundamental nutrients, including their structure, digestion, and metabolism, are covered. A brief introduction to bioenergetics, feed additives, nutrient analysis, digestive organs and processes in monogastric and ruminant animals, and methods for assessing nutrient utilization are also included.

Includes: New terms, key points, review questions

Introductory Animal Physiology, 2nd Edition

This resource was adapted from other open textbooks with additional resources from faculty and invited students at the University of Toronto Mississauga. This book is an introduction to the diversity of structure and function in animals at the tissue and organ system level. The focus of this book is on principles and mechanisms that sustain life and maintain homeostasis, including water balance, gas exchange, acquisition and transport of oxygen and nutrients, temperature regulation, electrical and chemical signal transmission, sensory processing, and locomotion.

Includes: Practice questions, online resources, images

Introductory Animal Physiology

Sanja Hinic-Frlog (University of Toronto Mississauga)

This book is an introduction to the diversity of structure and function in animals at the tissue and organ system level. The focus of this book is on principles and mechanisms that sustain life and maintain homeostasis, including water balance, gas exchange, acquisition and transport of oxygen and nutrients, temperature regulation, electrical and chemical signal transmission, sensory processing, and locomotion. The content in this open textbook was adapted from other open textbooks (CC-BY-4.0) resources or created/written by Sanja Hinic-Frlog and collaborators. Collaborators include: Jessica Hanley, Simone Laughton, and invited undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Toronto Mississauga.

Licence: CC BY 4.0


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