STEM

STEM

A small selection of peer reviewed and/or widely used openly licensed resources for courses and programs in this discipline area. This is only a selection. Search for materials using tools on the Finding Sources page.

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Anatomy and Physiology

Anatomy and Physiology
Authors: J. Gordon Betts, et al.

This 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.

Anatomy and Physiology
Authors: Amy Harwell, et al.

Overview: An adapted version of the OpenStax Anatomy & Physiology with revised content and artwork.

Astronomy

Astronomy
Authors: Andrew Fraknoi, et al.

This text is designed to meet the scope and sequence requirements of one-or two-semester introductory astronomy courses. The book begins with relevant scientific fundamentals and progresses through an exploration of the solar system, stars, galaxies, and cosmology.

Biology

Biology 2e
Authors: Mary Ann Clark, et al.

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. The 2nd edition has been revised to incorporate clearer, more current, and more dynamic explanations, while maintaining the same organization as the first edition. Art and illustrations have been substantially improved, and the textbook features additional assessments and related resources. The first edition of Biology by OpenStax is available in web view here.

Concepts of Biology
Authors: Samantha Fowler, et al.

Concepts of Biology is designed for the typical introductory biology course for nonmajors, covering standard scope and sequence requirements. The text includes interesting applications and conveys the major themes of biology, with content that is meaningful and easy to understand. The book is designed to demonstrate biology concepts and to promote scientific literacy.

Chemistry

COD Faculty OER Project: Chemistry 1211 Laboratory Manual

Chemistry 2e
Authors: Paul Flowers, et al.

Chemistry 2e is designed to meet the scope and sequence requirements of the two-semester general chemistry course. The textbook provides an important opportunity for students to learn the core concepts of chemistry and understand how those concepts apply to their lives and the world around them. The book also includes a number of innovative features, including interactive exercises and real-world applications, designed to enhance student learning. The second edition has been revised to incorporate clearer, more current, and more dynamic explanations, while maintaining the same organization as the first edition. Substantial improvements have been made in the figures, illustrations, and example exercises that support the text narrative. Changes made in Chemistry 2e are described in the preface to help instructors transition to the second edition. The first edition of Chemistry by OpenStax is available in web view here. And Chemistry: Atoms First 2e is available here.

Electronic Technologies

Project: Electronics 1100 Textbook

Project: Electronics 1100 Textbook Ancillaries

Microbiology

Microbiology
Authors: Nina Parker, et al.

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. 

General Microbiology–1st Edition
Author: Linda Brusland

Written in accessible language and for the undergraduate market, this textbook focuses on bacteria and archaea (traditionally known as the “prokaryotes,”) viruses and other acellular agents.

Physics

College Physics
Authors: Paul Peter Urone, et al.

College Physics meets standard scope and sequence requirements for a two-semester introductory algebra-based physics course. The text is grounded in real-world examples to help students grasp fundamental physics concepts. It requires knowledge of algebra and some trigonometry, but not calculus.  [Adapted from Author/Publisher]

University Physics Volume 1
Authors: William Moebs, et al.

University Physics is a three-volume collection that meets the scope and sequence requirements for two- and three-semester calculus-based physics courses. Volume 1 covers mechanics, sound, oscillations, and waves. Volume 2 covers thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism. Volume 3 covers optics and modern physics. [Adapted from Author/Publisher]