Concepts of Biology

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Pub Date: 2013

ISBN 13: 978-1-9381681-1-6

Publisher: OpenStax

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Reviewed by Tobili Sam-Yellowe, Professor, Cleveland State University, on 1/13/2015.

The text is aimed at non majors biology students. It presents a full coverage of topics in biology appropriate for students that may not have a … read more

 

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Reviewed by Joanna Cregan, Biology Instructor, Saint Paul College, on 6/11/2015.

I am using this book for a non-majors level introduction to biology course that is 1 semester long. This book covers everything I looked for in … read more

 

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Reviewed by Ann Mills, Instructor, Biology, Minnesota West Community and Technical College, on 6/11/2015.

The text covers the appropriate topics for a nonmajors biology course. The table of contents is through and includes a suitable list of topics to be … read more

 

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Reviewed by Robert Duerst, Instructor, Southeast Minnesota Technical College, on 6/11/2015.

The text has a wide breathe of coverage in the field of biology. The units in the book cover everything from cell biology, to ecology and many topics … read more

 

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Reviewed by Trevor Johnson, Biology Instructor, Ridgewater College, on 6/11/2015.

Concepts of Biology was written for non-major Biology students. The authors do an excellent job writing at an Introductory Biology level, for a very … read more

 

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Reviewed by Bram Middeldorp, Instructor, Minneapolis Community and Technical College, on 6/11/2015.

Before reviewing the book I would like to make the following comments. After teaching Introductory Biology for 15 years, having created many course … read more

 

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Reviewed by Brittany Ziegler, Assistant Professor, Minnesota State University Mankato, on 6/11/2015.

I think for the most part the textbook is complete. There are handful of times where I think additional information could be added to supplement the … read more

 

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Reviewed by Bethann Lavoie, Associate Professor, Minnesota State University Mankato, on 6/11/2015.

A non-majors, shorter text cannot comprehensively cover all biology concepts. The book includes all topics covered in my non-majors course although … read more

 

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Reviewed by Heather Rissler, Instructor, Riverland Community College, on 6/11/2015.

Concepts of Biology is comprehensive in its scope for an introductory biology textbook with topics ranging from molecules to ecosystems. The textbook … read more

 

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Reviewed by Irving Allen, Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech, on 6/11/2015.

Overall, this textbook offers a nice balance between the different topics and explains very complex biological phenomena in a comprehensive, yet not … read more

 

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Reviewed by Sarah Sletten, Associate Professor, Mayville State University, on 1/8/2016.

This text covers all the material that is generally covered in a non-major's biology course. It is broken down into six units: (1) Cellular … read more

 

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Reviewed by Shannon Ansley, Biology Instructor, Portland Community College, on 1/8/2016.

This provides an excellent level of detail for a non-majors biology course. Only a couple of areas were lacking (e.g. a very brief overview of … read more

 

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Reviewed by Brenda Leady, Lecturer, University of Toledo, on 8/22/2016.

The text provides an excellent overview of biology. From a basic chemistry to ecology, it's all there. The level of coverage varies somewhat. I … read more

 

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Reviewed by Nathan Hovekamp, Instructor of Biology, Central Oregon Community College, on 8/22/2016.

Concepts of Biology is an effectively comprehensive textbook for the non-major. It covers molecular and cellular biology, genetics and DNA, evolution … read more

 

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Reviewed by Michael Manzella, Postdoctoral Researcher, Colorado State University, on 12/6/2016.

This book was surprisingly comprehensive. Never using an open textbook, prior to Concepts of Biology, I had anticipated a truncated and therefore … read more

 

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Reviewed by Susan Spencer, Faculty, Mt Hood Community College, on 12/6/2016.

Overall, the text is nicely comprehensive. There are a few areas of weakness, such as the following: The ecology section does not begin with an … read more

 

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Reviewed by Lyn Countryman, Professor, University of Northern Iowa, on 12/6/2016.

This textbook covers the important topics found in a general biology textbook. I teach an introductory biology course and this textbook covers the … read more

 

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Reviewed by Ai Wen, Adjunct Professor, University of Northern Iowa, on 2/9/2017.

Overall, I found this textbook covers the basic topics and concepts you can find in a classic biology textbook; it also provides information from … read more

 

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Reviewed by Pamela Thinesen, Instructor, Century College, on 2/9/2017.

Very comprehensive and good glossary and index, as good as any of the many other texts I've seen. Not sure if index could use some work -- for … read more

 

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Reviewed by Paul Verrell, Associate Professor, Washington State University, on 4/12/2017.

I was motivated to search for an open-access text for my non-majors class in fall 2016 for two reasons. First, I could not justify a non-major … read more

 

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Reviewed by Lori Lundine, Lead Instructor, Rogue Community College, on 4/12/2017.

The book has a very easily accessible and complete table of contents. The online book works well in that each chapter title can be clicked on to … read more

 

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Reviewed by Francesca Mellieon-Williams, Associate Professor, Southern University and A&M College, on 4/12/2017.

This text is used for non-majors Biology and I have used it as a textbook replacement for 3 years. It provides a clear and concise survey for the … read more

 

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Reviewed by Sascha McKeon, Biology Instructor, Blue Mountain Community College, on 6/21/2017.

The book covers a wide range of content appropriate to a non-majors level biology course or survey introduction; with the exception of a few content … read more

 

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Reviewed by Michelle Donaghy Cannon, Instructor, Linn-Benton Community College, on 6/21/2017.

This book covers most topics addressed in non-major 100-level biology survey courses. The one subject area that I teach at the 100-level that is not … read more

 

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Reviewed by Grace Murray, Professor, Tidewater Community College, on 6/21/2017.

This text covers most ideas, however not always fully. Already, within the first 6 chapters, I have noticed many small, yet still important concepts … read more

 

Table of Contents

Preface

Unit 1. The Cellular Foundation of Life

Unit 2. Cell Division and Genetics

Unit 3. Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Unit 4. Evolution and the Diversity of Life

Unit 5. Animal Structure and Function

Unit 6. Ecology

About the Book

Concepts of Biology is designed for the introductory biology course for nonmajors taught at most two- and four-year colleges. The scope, sequence, and level of the program are designed to match typical course syllabi in the market. Concepts of Biology includes interesting applications, features a rich art program, and conveys the major themes of biology.

OpenStax College has compiled many resources for faculty and students, from faculty-only content to interactive homework and study guides.

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Senior Contributors:

Samantha Fowler, Clayton State University

Rebecca Roush, Sandhills Community College

James Wise, Hampton University