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This new non-majors biology textbook offers an engaging writing style, strong focus on scientific inquiry and evolution, an emphasis on applications and a superior pedagogical system within a concepts format.
This text takes a concepts approach, with up-to-date content delivered at a nonmajors level. Each chapter is built around a set of core concepts.
This is the only single-authored, non-majors text written by a Ph.D. biologist, who is an active, award-winning teacher from a well-respected research university.
This text emphasizes science as a process and how scientists do their work.
Evolution is the central theme of the text and addressed in multiple ways throughout.
This text includes a multitude of media assets include learning outcomes, animations, videos, and quizzing.
The text several features that highlight the relevance of topics to readers, including an opening essay, Burning Questions boxed readings, Can You Relate boxed readings, and applications woven throughout all chapters in the narrative.
This text includes a brand new art program with a 3-dimensional look and feel, using consistent color and style throughout.
Leaning tools in this text include two-page chapter openers, numbered concepts, boxed readings, Mastering Concepts questions at the end of major sections, and substantive end-of-chapter assessment material.
About the Author:
Marielle Hoefnagels is assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma, where she teaches nonmajors courses in biology and microbiology, and a course on fungi for advanced botany and microbiology majors. She earned her B.S. in environmental science from the University of California at Riverside, her M.S. in soil science from North Carolina State University, and her Ph.D. in Botany and Plant Pathology from Oregon State University.
Unit 1: The Cellular Basis of Life
1. What is Life?
2. The Chemistry of Life
3. The Dynamic Cell
4. The Energy of Life
6. How Cells Release Energy
Unit 2: The Molecular Basis of Life
7. DNA Structure and Replication
8. The Cell Cycle
9. Sexual Reproduction and Meiosis
10. Patterns of Inheritance
11. Chromosomes and Human Inheritance Patterns
12. Gene Function, Gene Regulation, and Biotechnology
Unit 3: The Evolution of Life
13. The Forces of Evolutionary Change
14. Speciation and Extinction
15. Evidence for Evolution
16. The Origin and History of Life
Unit 4: The Diversity of Life
17. Viruses and Simple Infectious Agents
18. Bacteria and Archaea
22. Animals I – Invertebrates
23. Animals II – Vertebrates
Unit 5: Plant Life
24. Plant Form and Function
25. Plant Nutrition and Transport
26. Reproduction and Development of Flowering Plants
Unit 6: Animal Life
27. Animal Tissues, Organ Systems and Homeostasis
28. The Nervous System
29. The Sensory System
30. The Endocrine System
31. The Musculoskeletal System
32. The Circulatory System
33. The Respiratory System
34. Digestion and Animal Nutrition
35. Regulation of Temperature and Body Fluids
36. The Immune System
37. Animal Reproduction and Development
Unit 7: The Ecology of Life
38. Animal Behavior
40. Communities and Ecosystems
41. The Biosphere
42. Conserving Biodiversity