Biology for Majors I

The first of a two-course sequence, this course provides a strong foundation of the principles of biology for students majoring in the life sciences, medical, and healthcare fields. Primary topics include biochemistry, cellular structure and function, cell membrane and transport, genetics, heredity, the theory of evolution, and modern applications of biology.

This course was developed by Lumen Learning, with contributing work from Shelli Carter. The course is based on the first edition of the OpenStax textbook Biology, supplemented with relevant materials from Khan Academy and videos from multiple sources. Original practice activities were authored by Shelli Carter and Lumen Learning.

This course is available at no cost to SUNY students.

Lumen OER courses apply learning science to engage students and better support the learning process. Lumen materials aim to deliver an active learning experience. They include text, images, videos, assessments, directed feedback, practice questions, simulations, and other interactives that invite students to apply their knowledge, improve their understanding, and perform better. Term over term, Lumen’s Waymaker courseware makes it possible to use learning data to identify where content improvements are needed. We work collaboratively with faculty and subject matter experts to develop and test iterative, continuous improvements aimed at increasing efficacy and learning.

Biology for Majors I is available as a Waymaker course.

  • Waymaker: User-friendly digital courseware with data-driven learning design, personalization, and messaging tools that can increase student engagement, persistence, and passing rates.

What People Are Saying

Monroe Community College logo and photo of Tori Matthews“When you can provide the same quality of education and you can provide it free or at low cost, why shouldn’t we do this?” – Dr. Tori Matthews, Biology Instructor, Monroe Community College
MCC has been using Waymaker Biology for Majors since Spring 2018.

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