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Paul Doerder, Cleveland State University

Ralph Gibson, Cleveland State University

Pub Date: 2015

Publisher: Independent

Language: English

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Reviewed by Erika Young, Lecturer, University of North Carolina at Pembroke on 6/20/18

While the text covers a multitude of topics, it doesn't give the details often required for thorough understanding. read more


Reviewed by Qing Li, Masters student, Oklahoma State University on 5/22/18

This book covers almost every topic that biology major students should know, however, it misses information in every topic. In another word, it tries to cover everything but failed to cover everything in detailed, especially it misses some... read more


Reviewed by Haiying Liang, Associate Professor, Clemson University on 2/2/18

The text covers most subjects of general biology. Because it is very concise (using bullets in many places), not many information is included. The knowledge depth is not adequate for a real textbook. read more


Reviewed by Allyse Ferrara, Professor, Nicholls State University on 2/16/17

This is not a comprehensive text. If all of the topics that are missing from this text were included in this review, the review would be as long as the text. The PDF is less than 200 pages long for what is typically taught in two one-semester... read more


Reviewed by Takamitsu Kato, Associate Professor, Colorado State University on 12/6/16

This open book is very comprehensive, however, I believe that the context of the book may be too comprehensive. Moreover, the text covers very broad fields of biology that students may not be able to grasp. However, the text is not in a... read more


Table of Contents

Getting Started
1. Introduction
2. Matter
3. Chemical Building Blocks of Life
4. History and Origin of Life
1. Cell Structure
2. Membranes
3. Cell-Cell Interactions
4. Energy and Metabolism
5. Respiration
6. Photosynthesis
7. How Cells Divide
8. Sexual Reproduction
1. Inheritance
2. DNA, The Genetic Material
3. Gene Expression
4. Gene Regulation
5. Mutation
6. Recombinant DNA Technology
Classification of Living Things
1. Classification and Domains of Life
2. General Biology/Classification of Living Things/Viruses
3. Prokaryotes
4. Eukaryotes
1. Protists
2. Plants
3. Fungi
4. Animals
• Phyla
• Chordates
1. Introduction
2. Evolution of Life
3. Animal Evolution
4. Human Evolution
Tissues and Systems
1. Tissues
• Epithelial tissue
• Connective tissue
• Muscle tissue
2. Systems
• Digestive system
• Circulatory system
• Lymphatic system
• Respiratory system
• Nervous system
• Sensory systems
• Homeostasis
Additional material
• Gallery of Biologists
• Glossary
• Authors

About the Book

The word biology means, "the science of life", from the Greek bios, life, and logos, wordor knowledge. Therefore, Biology is the science of Living Things. That is why Biology issometimes known as Life Science.

About the Contributors


Paul Doerder is a biology professor at Cleveland State University located in Cleveland, Ohio. 

Ralph Gibson is an assistant professor at Cleveland State University located in Cleveland, Ohio.