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Concepts of biology

Author: Samantha Fowler; Rebecca Roush; James Wise; OpenStax College,; Rice University,
Publisher: Houston, Texas : OpenStax College, Rice University, [2013].
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Concepts of Biology is designed for the single-semester introduction to biology course for non-science majors, which for many students is their only college-level science course. As such, this course represents an important opportunity for students to develop the necessary knowledge, tools, and skills to make informed decisions as they continue with their lives. Rather than being mired down with facts and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Textbooks
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Fowler, Samantha.
Concepts of biology.
Houston, Texas : OpenStax College, Rice University
(OCoLC)896436135
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Samantha Fowler; Rebecca Roush; James Wise; OpenStax College,; Rice University,
ISBN: 9781938168116 1938168119
OCLC Number: 865580601
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 1 online resource (624 pages) : digital, PDF file, color illustrations.
Details: System requirements: Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Contents: Unit 1, The cellular foundation of life. Introduction to biology --
Chemistry of life --
Cell structure and function --
How cells obtain energy --
Photosynthesis --
Unit 2, Cell division and genetics. Reproduction at the cellular level --
The cellular basis of inheritance --
Patterns of inheritance --
Unit 3, Molecular biology and biotechnology. Molecular biology --
Biotechnology --
Unit 4, Evolution and the diversity of life. Evolution and its processes --
Diversity of life --
Diversity of microbes, fungi, and protists --
Diversity of plants --
Diversity of animals --
Unit 5, Animal structure and function. The body's systems --
The immune system and disease --
Animals reproduction and development --
Unit 6, Ecology. Population and community ecology --
Ecosystems and the biosphere --
Conservation and biodiversity.
Responsibility: [Senior contributors : Samantha Fowler, Rebecca Roush, James Wise].

Abstract:

"Concepts of Biology is designed for the single-semester introduction to biology course for non-science majors, which for many students is their only college-level science course. As such, this course represents an important opportunity for students to develop the necessary knowledge, tools, and skills to make informed decisions as they continue with their lives. Rather than being mired down with facts and vocabulary, the typical non-science major student needs information presented in a way that is easy to read and understand. Even more importantly, the content should be meaningful. Students do much better when they understand why biology is relevant to their everyday lives. For these reasons, Concepts of Biology is grounded on an evolutionary basis and includes exciting features that highlight careers in the biological sciences and everyday applications of the concepts at hand. We also strive to show the interconnectedness of topics within this extremely broad discipline. In order to meet the needs of today's instructors and students, we maintain the overall organization and coverage found in most syllabi for this course. A strength of Concepts of Biology is that instructors can customize the book, adapting it to the approach that works best in their classroom. Concepts of Biology also includes an innovative art program that incorporates critical thinking and clicker questions to help students understand - and apply - key concepts."--BC Campus website.
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