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Instructors consistently ask for a textbook that helps students understand the relationships between the main concepts of biology, so they are not learning facts about biology in isolation. Mader’s Concepts of Biology was developed to fill this void. Organized around the main themes of biology, Concepts of Biology guides students to think conceptually about biology and the world around them. Just as the levels of biological organization flow from one level to the next, themes and topics in Concepts of Biology are tied to one another throughout the chapter, and between the chapters and parts. Combined with Dr. Mader’s hallmark writing style, exceptional art program, and pedagogical framework, difficult concepts become easier to understand and visualize, allowing students to focus on understanding how the concepts are related.
Chapter 1: Biology is the Study of LifePart I: Organisms are Composed of CellsChapter 2: Basic Chemistry and Cells Chapter 3: Organic Molecules and CellsChapter 4: Structure and Function of CellsChapter 5: Dynamic Activities of Cells Chapter 6: Pathways of PhotosynthesisChapter 7: Pathways of Cellular RespirationPart II: Genes Control the Traits of OrganismsChapter 8: Cell Division and ReproductionChapter 9: Patterns of Genetic InheritanceChapter 10: Molecular Biology of InheritanceChapter 11: Regulation of Gene ActivityChapter 12: Biotechnology and GenomicsPart III: Organisms are Related and Adapted to their EnvironmentChapter 13: Darwin and EvolutionChapter 14: Speciation and EvolutionChapter 15: The History and Classification of Life on EarthChapter 16: Evolution of Microbial LifeChapter 17: Evolution of ProtistsChapter 18: Evolution of Plants and FungiChapter 19: Evolution of AnimalsChapter 20: Evolution of HumansPart IV: Plants are HomeostaticChapter 21: Plant Organization and HomeostasisChapter 22: Nutrition and Transport in PlantsChapter 23: Regulation of Growth and Responses in PlantsChapter 24: Reproduction and Development of Plants Part V: Animals are HomeostaticChapter 25: Animal Organization and HomeostasisChapter 26: Coordination by Neural SignalingChapter 27: Sense OrgansChapter 28: Locomotion and Support SystemsChapter 29: Circulation and Cardiovascular Systems Chapter 30: Lymph Transport and ImmunityChapter 31: Digestive Systems and NutritionChapter 32: Gas Exchange and Transport in AnimalsChapter 33: Osmoregulation and ExcretionChapter 34: Coordination by Hormone SignalingChapter 35: Reproduction and DevelopmentPart VI: Organisms Live in EcosystemsChapter 36: Population EcologyChapter 37: Behavioral EcologyChapter 38: Community and Ecosystem Ecology Chapter 39: Major Ecosystems of the BiosphereChapter 40: Conservation of Biodiversity