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For non-majors biology courses.
Compelling and relatable stories engage students in learning biology
Colleen Belk and Virginia Borden Maier have helped students understand biology for more than twenty years in the classroom and over ten years with their popular text, Biology: Science for Life. The thoroughly revised Fifth Edition engages students with new storylines that explore high-interest topics such as binge drinking, pseudoscience, and study drugs. The book and MasteringBiology resources also help students develop scientific skills using new Working With Data figure legend questions and addresses common misconceptions with Sounds Right, But Is It? discussions in each chapter. This edition also offers a wealth of new “Flipped Classroom” activities and other resources to help professors enliven their classes and to help students assess their understanding of biology outside of class.
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About the Author
Colleen Belk and Virginia Borden Maier collaborated on teaching biology to nonmajors for over a decade together at the University of Minnesota—Duluth. This collaboration has continued through Virginia’s move to St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York, and has been enhanced by their differing but complementary areas of expertise. In addition to the non-majors course, Colleen Belk teaches general biology for majors, genetics, cell biology, and molecular biology courses. Virginia Borden Maier teaches general biology for majors, evolutionary biology, zoology, plant biology, ecology, and conservation biology courses.
After several somewhat painful attempts at teaching the breadth of biology to non-majors in a single semester, the two authors came to the conclusion that they needed to find a better way. They realized that their students were more engaged when they understood how biology directly affected their lives. Colleen and Virginia began to structure their lectures around stories they knew would interest students. When they began letting the story drive the science, they immediately noticed a difference in student interest, energy, and willingness to work harder at learning biology. Not only has this approach increased student understanding, but it has also increased the authors’ enjoyment in teaching the course–presenting students with fascinating stories infused with biological concepts is simply a lot more fun. This approach served to invigorate their teaching. Knowing that their students are learning the biology that they will need now and in the future gives the authors a deep and abiding satisfaction.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Can Science Cure the Common Cold? Introduction to the Scientific Method
Unit One: Chemistry and Cells
Chapter 2: Science Fiction, Bad Science, and Pseudoscience: Water, Biochemistry, and Cells
Chapter 3: Is it Possible to Supplement Your Way to Better Health? Nutrients and Membrane Transport
Chapter 4: Body Weight and Health: Enzymes, Metabolism, and Cellular Respiration
Chapter 5: Life in the Greenhouse: Photosynthesis and Climate Change
Unit Two: Genetics
Chapter 6: Cancer: DNA Synthesis, Mitosis, and Meiosis
Chapter 7: Are You Only as Smart as Your Genes? Mendelian and Quantitative Genetics
Chapter 8: DNA Detective: Complex Patterns of Inheritance and DNA Profiling
Chapter 9: Genetically Modified Organisms: Gene Expression, Mutation, Stem Cells, and Cloning
Unit Three: Evolution
Chapter 10: Where Did We Come From? The Evidence for Evolution
Chapter 11: An Evolving Enemy: Natural Selection
Chapter 12: Who Am I? Species and Races
Chapter 13: The Greatest Species on Earth? Biodiversity and Classification
Unit Four: Ecology
Chapter 14: Is the Human Population Too Large? Population Ecology
Chapter 15: Conserving Biodiversity: Community and Ecosystem Ecology
Chapter 16: Where Do You Live? Climate and Biomes