Best of Pre-Health Collection

Biochemistry Teaching & Learning Resources

July 30, 2012

This is a great online and interactive resource for both teaching and independent learning. It contains slide shows, animations and tutorials. While it is designed for a studio-format course (where pairs of students work on computers and in small groups to complete various exercises, discuss learning modules, and study tutorials with an instructor/facilitator), this resource could also be used for independent study by students.

July 30, 2012

This link takes you to an animated tutorial on gluconeogenesis. It provides an overview and discusses the energetics and control of this pathway. It also includes a great interactive tool for students to insert enzymes at various steps

November 18, 2014

This series of thirteen short instructional videos are presented as a colorful chalkboard lecture. Topics include nucleic acid structure, lipids as cofactors and signaling molecules, and glycoside formation hydrolysis. They can be used as a break during a traditional lecture, assigned outside of class for a “flipped classroom” approach, or shared with students as an extra independent study tool.

May 28, 2015

In addition to this case study on diabetes geared toward undergraduates, you can find a fantastic collection of case studies related to science by perusing this website. Instructor notes and other valuable resources are provided for each case study.

June 9, 2014

This resource contains a list of assessment/exam questions using data, figures, and graphs from research journals. The papers and topics chosen were selected to assess student understanding of ASBMB foundational concepts and learning objectives. They strongly emphasize scientific inquiry and reasoning skills, encouraging students to use the higher level Bloom skills of application and analysis.

Biology Teaching & Learning Resources

May 21, 2014

In addition to this case study on osmosis geared toward undergraduates, you can find a fantastic collection of case studies related to science by perusing this website. Instructor notes and other valuable resources are provided for each case study.

February 9, 2015

This series of four short instructional videos are presented as a colorful chalkboard lecture. Topics include Gram staining basics, bacterial reproduction, and bacterial genetic recombination. They can be used as a break during a traditional lecture, assigned outside of class for a “flipped classroom” approach, or shared with students as an extra independent study tool.

June 17, 2014

This is a learning module to help students better understand neuron structure and function, action potentials, and neurotransmission. The site includes flash animations illustrating the difference between electric synapses and chemical synapses, conduction, electrical neurotransmission, and "classic" chemical neurotransmission.

While these links take you to a specific animation, both of these websites are a treasure trove of animations related to cell biology. Metabolism, cell division, and gene expression are large themes. Students can easily use these for independent study and instructors can also integrate them into lectures to engage students in a more interactive classroom experience. Virtual Cell is available in the iTunes app store for mobile devices.

July 30, 2012

This resource provides an introduction to mRNA processing. The resource provides simplified animations that emphasize the major constituents and concepts of mRNA processing. *Source: Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT)

July 30, 2012

This resource is an interactive tutorial in which students can click through the steps of DNA replication, with visual animations showing what occurs during each step. This resource demonstrates the role of each enzyme during the DNA replication process. *Source: Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT)

July 30, 2012

This is a great online and interactive resource for learning a diverse set of topics including: cell and molecular biology, human and developmental biology, immunology and Mendelian genetics. Many of the resources are also translated into Spanish. There are problem sets and tutorials that students can work through independently to reinforce material discussed in both lower and upper division college didactic courses

May 8, 2013

This is an actual student worksheet and faculty guide that you can download from the PHC directly. Designed to improve critical thinking and quantitative reasoning skills, this activity explores data related to cancer biology and is appropriate for the college freshman.

General Chemistry Teaching & Learning Resources

July 30, 2012

This is one of over 125 free interactive simulations for educational use. This simulation allows the user to observe the effects of heat (temperature), gas molecules, and volume on the buoyancy of a balloon, and the user can control all of these variables, even watching the container blow its top when the pressure gets too high. This and other simulations on this award winning site are well done, and simple to download or embed into a course management website.

September 16, 2017

An interactive periodic table, and more! Scroll over any block on this color-coded table and see an image or symbol of the element, the electron configuration, key isotopes, and more. Clicking on the element provides additional physical properties and uses, supply risks, videos, and history. Across the top of the table are tabs which offer history, podcasts, and videos of each element, and also information on the 16 alchemy elements.

The major concepts of electrochemistry are covered in 19 short videos, ranging from simple electrochemical cells and determining reduction potentials to the Nernst equation and batteries. The videos in the series vary from about 3 to about 15 min. The four videos for the Redox Reactions cover how to identify oxidation and reducing reagents, disproportionation reactions, and how to balance redox reactions in both acidic and basic conditions. Faculty members may find these useful to utilize in their course, and students will find that the pace is good and the instruction is helpful.

September 17, 2013

This tutorial from the Khan Academy contains a series of videos and questions on redox reactions, oxidation and reduction, and acid-base reactions.

March 10, 2015

This tutorial from the Khan Academy contains a series of videos, questions, and articles about electrochemistry, redox reactions, and how they relate to batteries (galvanic cells). This resource covers galvanic and voltaic cells, free energy and potentials, spontaneity, the Nernst equation, concentration cells, and electrolysis.

July 30, 2012

This site provides a wonderful set of titration curves for all of the common types of titration (strong acid – strong base, weak acid – strong base, etc.). The author clearly presents each type (with accompanying figure of the titration curve), and ends up with polyprotic species. This is one site of a large set of webpages created by the author spanning topics ranging from introductory chemistry and organic chemistry to physical chemistry and instrumental analysis.

Organic Chemistry Teaching & Learning Resources

October 20, 2014

When teaching spectroscopy it often is challenging to find lots of examples to present to a class for practice. Spectral Zoo is a site where teachers can project high quality IR and proton NMR spectra of compounds to students for the purpose of structural identification. There are 78 compounds to identify (formulas provided) with 13 or fewer carbons. One can easily zoom a particular region of a spectrum, and can adjust (normalize) the integration as necessary to match the number of...

May 20, 2014

A collection of resources for both students and teachers of organic chemistry, this site covers a variety of topics from both semesters of a year-long course. In addition to having lecture notes (and sometimes videos) for the majority of topics in both organic I and organic II, there are also sections entitled “getting started”, “study and exam tips”, and an immense collection of reaction guides and summary sheets. Both the reaction guides (e.g. reduction of aldehydes) and the summary...

September 7, 2017

Tutorial is in the title, and that is what this is: a tutorial on all aspects of stereochemistry, from providing basic definitions (chirality, enantiomers, optical activity, etc.), to the numerous ways there are to draw molecules and communicate stereochemistry (wedge-dash, Newman, sawhorse, Fischer, and Hayworth diagrams), and how to assign priorities for determining absolute stereochemistry. There are numerous examples / practice problems that students can work on, or which...

August 7, 2012

ChemWiki is an NSF sponsored open-access textbook environment that covers all areas of chemistry. The organic chemistry section provides in-depth information on all traditional functional groups (nomenclature, properties, reactions, and synthesis), and includes a set of 78 named reactions, spectroscopy tutorials (IR, NMR, MS, UV-Vis), types of reactions (addition, substitution, elimination, radical, rearrangement, redox), and a substantial coverage of the logic of organic synthesis...

August 7, 2012

This site looks like a traditional course website, but there is so much here! There are exam archives (with answer keys) for both organic I and II accessible for students and faculty alike to use for study (or choosing exam questions). There is also an impressive section, under the “Lab Technique” tab, covering lab safety, chemical information, lab equipment, and procedures and techniques (for example, how to perform crystallization, or a GC analysis), and each topic is concluded with...

July 2, 2014

The PreHealth Collection is very interested in accepting and making available all levels of faculty-generated teaching resources. This set of questions covers the basic definitions of acetals and imines, their mechanisms of preparation (and hydrolysis), and interesting examples of where they appear in biological compounds such as carbohydrates or nucleic acids. There are 20 questions, with a complete answer key provided.

Physics Teaching & Learning Resources

July 30, 2012

This is a web page with text that also includes an interactive java animation illustrating the lens-maker’s equation where the shape of lens can be varied. It also focuses on the introduction of lens classification based on shape. This could by instructors to supplement lecture or by students as it contains much information and is accessible to them.

July 30, 2012

These web pages contain a good review on light properties and its properties including spectra, Bohr atom, Doppler effect (it was written for an astronomy course.) It is complete so instructors could assign students to study it on their own in preparation for class or as a review of the materials. Students could utilize it to review material that they have seen in several courses.

September 2, 2014

This is one of 15 chalk-talk tutorial videos on sound and is about 10 min in length. The videos in series vary from about 3 to about 15 min. This introduces decibel scale by dissecting the equation, providing more insight into the topic, giving good examples and reviews logarithms. Faculty members may find example useful to utilize in their course or may assign the reading to their students. Students will find that the pace is good and the instruction is helpful.

February 9, 2015

This is a four-part chalk-talk tutorial video series where each video is about 10 min in length. Part 1 gives history of discovery of magnetism, introduces basic magnetic properties and poles; Part 2 gives magnetic field lines, and magnetic force on a moving charge; Part 3 goes into cross product and right-hand rule; Part 4 explores effect of force on a charge and relates to circular motion. These videos present a good review that instructors might use to supplement lecture. Students...

Psychology and Sociology Teaching & Learning Resources

July 30, 2012

This resource is a website link to a free, online course about lifespan development hosted by Saylor Academy. The free course, labeled as PSYCH 302, is divided into six units with a final exam. Each unit includes a detailed description, the suggested time commitment, learning objectives, and then actual material. The website recommends completing the PSYCH 101: Introduction to Psychology course before this one. Students who are studying for the MCAT could find this resource very helpful...

October 20, 2014

This resource is a downloadable document that provides structure for an activity in the classroom using two webpages. The content includes background information about race in the United States with links to the U.S. Census racial categories, an activity on the PBS website, directions for the exercise on the PBS website, two learning objectives, and references to journal articles discussing race in biomedical research. The main exercise on the PBS website has the viewer “sort” people by...

May 20, 2014

This resource is a website link to a useful teaching tool about case studies involving a range of psychologyrelated topics. The free resource, Pedicases, provides a curriculum for facilitators of pediatric residency programs. The curriculum was designed to address the needs in these programs for learner-centered materials and a biopsychosocial approach to understanding youth. There are six categories of cases: abuse and neglect, adolescent mental health, adolescent sexuality and...

June 17, 2014

This resource links to a video series about stress and related subtopics. There are six videos about stress that anyone can watch without login. Each video is approximately ten minutes or less in length. The videos include a lecturer talking about the topic (e.g., responding to stress) using a chalk-talk tutorial format. The videos cover each question thoroughly. Instructors may find these videos helpful if they would like to learn more about the topic themselves through a mainly...