Visible Biology

A visual guide to biological concepts and processes


Introducing Visible Biology! Learn and teach biology in immersive 3D. Use simple controls to engage with interactive simulations. Study 3D models from multiple perspectives. Watch bite-sized 3D animations that explain big concepts.

Introduce biology topics in engaging 3D

  • Content units include: Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Cells, Monocot and Dicot Plant Structure, Energy, Genetics, and Blood Cells.
  • New! Earthworm and sea star animal dissection models.
  • Study the details in dozens of 3D models. Select structures to reveal pronunciations and descriptions of everything from DNA and chromatin to organelles, cells, and plant tissues.
  • No microscope? No problem! Use the virtual microscope to study the components of blood.
  • Engage with interactive 3D simulations of photosynthesis, cellular respiration, mitosis, meiosis, and DNA coiling and supercoiling.
  • See a complete list of content in Visible Biology.
  • Tips for teaching biology in 3D

Bring virtual animal dissection models into your lab

With the 3D animal dissection models in Visible Biology’s Animal Structure and Function unit, students can study animal form and function in a whole new way!

  • Available now! Study the internal and external structures of invertebrates with interactive 3D earthworm and sea star dissection models.
  • Coming soon! Explore vertebrate comparative anatomy with frog and pig virtual dissection models.

Virtual models are an affordable, sustainable replacement for expensive wet lab specimens.

  • The systems tray functionality lets students easily isolate specific body systems.
  • Students can complete dissection lab activities in class and reference those same models to study and complete assignments at home.

Motivate learning and assess students’ understanding with labs and quizzes

  • Use lesson plans to connect 3D models with learning goals and NGSS and state standards
  • Work through plant, genetics, and cells lab activities to identify and compare structures and apply knowledge to real-world scenarios
  • Ask students to use structure identification quizzes to assess their understanding

Create and share custom content for teaching, learning, and studying

Use Visible Biology to create and share 3D Tours

  • Combine views of 3D models into an interactive presentation you can use as a replacement for a slideshow or share with students to review key concepts
  • Download premade biology Tours

Create custom Flashcard Decks and share them with classmates, students, and colleagues

  • Add annotations such as drawings (lines, shapes, and arrows) or a text box to your card
  • The auto-labeling feature makes it easy to find and label the structures you want to study
  • Download premade biology Flashcard Decks

Visible Biology with Courseware

Courseware is Visible Body’s web-based teaching and learning platform. Use Visible Biology with Courseware to create assignments, assign quizzes, and track student learning.

  • Link Visible Biology to a Canvas or Blackboard course.
  • Create interactive assignments and deliver multiple choice and structure identification quizzes, which report to a built-in gradebook
  • Build your own biology course or customize one of our premade courses to suit your needs
  • Use the gradebook to view a list of all students and their grades on each assignment, manage quiz accommodations, and export grades to another LMS
  • Access human body system content not available in the standalone Visible Biology Site License product

How to Buy

For individual learning and reference

Individuals can subscribe to our all-in-one Web Suite and get web access to Visible Biology as well as our award-winning anatomy and physiology products.

Web Suite

For teachers and libraries

Instructors can build courses that use Visible Biology’s content to create assignments and assessments.

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Librarians can get a group subscription offering web access to Visible Biology for everyone at their institution.

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