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Designed for a one or two semester non-majors course in introductory biology taught at most two and four-year colleges. This course typically fulfills a general education requirement, and rather than emphasizing mastery of technical topics, it focuses on the understanding of biological ideas and concepts, how they relate to real life, and appreciating the scientific methods and thought processes. Given the authors' work in and dedication to science education, this text's writing style, pedagogy, and integrated support package are all based on classroom-tested teaching strategies and learning theory. The result is a learning program that enhances the effectiveness & efficiency of the teaching and learning experience in the introductory biology course like no other before it.

Richly illust. textbook incl. cell processes, body systems, genetics, evolution, inheritence, ecosystems, biotechnology\

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471433651
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 864
  • Product dimensions: 9.53 (w) x 10.89 (h) x 1.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandra Alters is formerly a tenured professor of biology and education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and a professor of biology at Salem State College (MA). After teaching for over 25 years and teaching non-majors introductory biology for 10 years, Sandy left academia to write full time. She has over 20 years experience in science textbook writing in particular and science writing in general. She and her husband Brian are the only Ph.D. science educators currently authoring a non-majors college biology textbook. This book and its related ancillaries reflect their strong focus on science education.

 Brian Alters, Sir William Dawson Scholar, holds appointments internationally at McGill University, Montreal, where he recently won the university‚Äôs highest teaching award, and at Harvard University, Cambridge. Brian is founder and director of the Evolution Education Research Center, a joint involvement between professors of McGill and Harvard universities. He writes primarily about evolution education and teaching.

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Biology: Understanding Life.

Chapter 2. How Scientists Do Their Work.


Chapter 3. The Chemistry of Life.

Chapter 4. Biological Molecules.

Chapter 5. Cell Structure and Function.

Chapter 6. The Flow of Energy Within Organisms.

Chapter 7. Storing Energy from the Sun: Photosynthesis.

Chapter 8. Releasing Energy from Carbohydrates: Cellular Respiration.


Chapter 9. DNA Structure and Replication.

Chapter 10. Gene Expression and Regulation.

Chapter 11. Biotechnology & Genetic Engineering.

Chapter 12. Cell Reproduction.

Chapter 13. Patterns of Inheritance.

Chapter 14. Human Genetics.


Chapter 15. The History and Development of Evolutionary Theory.

Chapter 16. Beyond Darwin: A Genetic Basis of Evolution.

Chapter 17. Speciation & Extinction: How Species Arise & Die Out.

Chapter 18. The Evolution of Life on Earth.


Chapter 19. Viruses and Bacteria.

Chapter 20. Protists, Fungi, & Plants.

Chapter 21. Invertebrates.

Chapter 22. Chordates & Vertebrates.


Chapter 23. Patterns of Reproduction in Plants.

Chapter 24. Patterns of Structure and Function in Plants.

Chapter 25. Control Systems in Plants.


Chapter 26. Tissues.

Chapter 27. Digestion.

Chapter 28. Respiration.

Chapter 29. Circulation.

Chapter 30. Defense Against Disease.

Chapter 31. Excretion.

Chapter 32. Nervous System Communication.

Chapter 33. The Senses.

Chapter 34. Protection, Support, & Movement.

Chapter 35. Hormones.

Chapter 36. Sex, Reproduction, & Development.


Chapter 37. Behavior.

Chapter 38. Population Ecology.

Chapter 39. Interactions Within Communities.

Chapter 40. Ecosystems.

Chapter 41. Biomes and Life Zones of the World.

Chapter 42. The Biosphere: Today and Tomorrow.

Appendix A: A Scientific Journal Article Examined.

Appendix B: Periodic Table of the Elements.

Appendix C: Units of Measurement.

Appendix D: Answers.





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