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Concepts of Biology

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Multiple Authors, OpenStax

Pub Date: 2013

ISBN 13: 9781938168116

Publisher: OpenStax

Language: English

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Reviewed by Laurie Mauger, Assistant Professor, Southern Utah University on 8/3/18

This text book covers all the topics that I typically cover in my non-majors course. There are some topics that are lacking depth, but those are easily addressed during lecture periods to ensure my students have a grasp on the relevant topics. The... read more

 

Reviewed by Joyce Kaplan, Faculty, Portland Community College on 8/3/18

The text covered most areas fully, but for a non-majors text shortchanges climate change information and has more detail than needed in areas of molecular biology. Subchapters have glossaries but the overall text should have a glossary that would... read more

 

Reviewed by Rochelle Nelson, Assistant Professor, Queensborough Community College on 6/20/18

The text covers all areas and ideas of the subject appropriately. The text is written in a manner that is easy for nonmajors to understand. The texts provide a detailed table of contents with Appendix A, B, and C. However, the text is lacking a... read more

 

Reviewed by Haydn Rubelmann, Visiting Instructor, University of South Florida on 3/28/18

The main concepts in an all-encompassing Biology Non-Majors course are present. However, many concepts are only present as 1 or 2 paragraphs at most, and not every concept has figures associated with it. read more

 

Reviewed by Jennifer Ripley Stueckle, Teaching Associate Professor, West Virginia University on 3/28/18

The text follows the standard general biology topic areas in the typical order. There is a table of contents but no comprehensive glossary at the end. Definitions for terms are presented at the end of each chapter. In terms of the... read more

 

Reviewed by Dale Holen, Associate Professor of Biology, Penn State University on 2/2/18

I compared it to my current text and it does cover the requisite areas that should be found in a non-majors biology text. At times the material is glossed over however. For instance in the Glycolysis section there is are three short paragraphs... read more

 

Reviewed by Matthew Fisher, Biology Instructor, Oregon Coast Community College on 8/16/17

Concepts of Biology is perhaps the most comprehensive introductory textbook that I have encountered. Every topic that you would expect in a general biology textbook is present, from chemistry to ecology. I liked that the text included topics... read more

 

Reviewed by Sascha McKeon, Biology Instructor, Blue Mountain Community College on 6/21/17

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 areas such as evolution and diversity of non living and lower organisms, Plant diversity and... read more

 

Reviewed by Michelle Donaghy Cannon, Instructor, Linn-Benton Community College on 6/21/17

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 covered in this book is ‘Plant Structure and Function’. Therefore, I must use the 200-level... read more

 

Reviewed by Grace Murray, Professor, Tidewater Community College on 6/21/17

This text covers most ideas, however not always fully. Already, within the first 6 chapters, I have noticed many small, yet still important concepts that are not discussed. For instance: Hydrolysis and dehydration reactions are not discussed. ... read more

 

Reviewed by Paul Verrell, Associate Professor, Washington State University on 4/12/17

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 spending around $100 for a book that would be used for one semester. Second, textbooks in all of the... read more

 

Reviewed by Lori Lundine, Lead Instructor, Rogue Community College on 4/12/17

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 open a list of the subtitles explaining the topics covered in the sections. The information covered... read more

 

Reviewed by Francesca Mellieon-Williams, Associate Professor, Southern University and A&M College on 4/12/17

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 intended audience. Overall, it serves well as a textbook replacement and/or textbook alternative. The... read more

 

Reviewed by Ai Wen, Adjunct Professor, University of Northern Iowa on 2/9/17

Overall, I found this textbook covers the basic topics and concepts you can find in a classic biology textbook; it also provides information from recent publications pertaining to biomedicine and climate issues which can be interesting to... read more

 

Reviewed by Pamela Thinesen, Instructor, Century College on 2/9/17

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 example, I could not find any reference to respiration, cellular respiration, aerobic respiration; yet,... read more

 

Reviewed by Michael Manzella, Postdoctoral Researcher, Colorado State University on 12/6/16

This book was surprisingly comprehensive. Never using an open textbook, prior to Concepts of Biology, I had anticipated a truncated and therefore non-comprehensive textbook. However, I believe that all major concepts were covered. I primarily... read more

 

Reviewed by Susan Spencer, Faculty, Mt Hood Community College on 12/6/16

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 overview of ecology, which I believe is a weakness. I would like to see a general description of the... read more

 

Reviewed by Lyn Countryman, Professor, University of Northern Iowa on 12/6/16

This textbook covers the important topics found in a general biology textbook. I teach an introductory biology course and this textbook covers the critical topics with clarity and detail. I was impressed by the text's presentation of topics and... read more

 

Reviewed by Nathan Hovekamp, Instructor of Biology, Central Oregon Community College on 8/22/16

Concepts of Biology is an effectively comprehensive textbook for the non-major. It covers molecular and cellular biology, genetics and DNA, evolution and diversity, animal structure and function, and ecology. A good example of its inclusion of the... read more

 

Reviewed by Brenda Leady, Lecturer, University of Toledo on 8/22/16

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 found the cellular respiration material to intense but the human physiology material very light. ... read more

 

Reviewed by Sarah Sletten, Associate Professor, Mayville State University on 1/8/16

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 Foundation of Life, (2) Cell Division and Genetics, (3) Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, (4) Evolution... read more

 

Reviewed by Shannon Ansley, Biology Instructor, Portland Community College on 1/8/16

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 membrane structure, and no mention of niche theory when discussing competition). Discussion of... read more

 

Reviewed by Joanna Cregan, Biology Instructor, Saint Paul College on 6/11/15

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 regards to content for the semester, and more. The bigger problem I had was cutting down to fit in a... read more

 

Reviewed by Ann Mills, Instructor, Biology, Minnesota West Community and Technical College on 6/11/15

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 covered. There is a glossary at the end of each chapter which is a nice addition as students can... read more

 

Reviewed by Robert Duerst, Instructor, Southeast Minnesota Technical College on 6/11/15

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 in between. It is likely that I was just too excited about the content, but I consistently found... read more

 

Reviewed by Trevor Johnson, Biology Instructor, Ridgewater College on 6/11/15

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 broad audience. The Table of Contents is descriptive and the flow from one topic to the next is... read more

 

Reviewed by Bram Middeldorp, Instructor, Minneapolis Community and Technical College on 6/11/15

Before reviewing the book I would like to make the following comments. After teaching Introductory Biology for 15 years, having created many course notes and PowerPoint presentations based on the 3 textbooks used over the years plus many other... read more

 

Reviewed by Brittany Ziegler, Assistant Professor, Minnesota State University Mankato on 6/11/15

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 content and make it more relevant for non-majors. For instance, the chapters on body systems could... read more

 

Reviewed by Bethann Lavoie, Associate Professor, Minnesota State University Mankato on 6/11/15

A non-majors, shorter text cannot comprehensively cover all biology concepts. The book includes all topics covered in my non-majors course although supplementation may be needed (scientific method, human evolution, phylogenetic trees/cladograms,... read more

 

Reviewed by Heather Rissler, Instructor, Riverland Community College on 6/11/15

Concepts of Biology is comprehensive in its scope for an introductory biology textbook with topics ranging from molecules to ecosystems. The textbook content progress from a discussion of the molecular and cellular building blocks of life,... read more

 

Reviewed by Irving Allen, Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech on 6/11/15

Overall, this textbook offers a nice balance between the different topics and explains very complex biological phenomena in a comprehensive, yet not intimidating manner for non-biology majors. The textbook is well designed for students with... read more

 

Reviewed by Tobili Sam-Yellowe, Professor, Cleveland State University on 1/13/15

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 previous biology background. A table of contents is provided, key terms are defined at the end of each... 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