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General Biology

(11 reviews)

Paul Doerder, Cleveland State University

Ralph Gibson, Cleveland State University

Copyright Year: 2015

Publisher: WikiBooks

Language: English

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Reviewed by Tricia Paramore, Biology instructor and Department Chair, Hutchinson Community College on 3/2/22

While the book does touch upon many areas, the text reads more like a student notes packet and it fails to address the ecology side of biology. Ecology makes up one unit of my course, so this book would not work. The following is written on... read more

Reviewed by Nipun Chopra, Assistant Professor, DePauw University on 1/6/21

I think this textbook covers the breadth of Intro Biology well, but, certainly not in a deep enough way to help students along. read more

Reviewed by Ken Kruta, senior visiting lecturer, Bunker Hill Community College on 6/8/20

Although all of the important topics for an Intro to Bio course are listed as chapters, unfortunately, they are often missing information and details. read more

Reviewed by Angela Nugent, Instructor, Northeastern Illinois University on 5/7/20

The text covers all of the important topics for an introductory biology course. However, the text is missing enough detail and explanation. Some sections were empty and didn't have any information. For most of the text, I felt as if I was reading... read more

Reviewed by Sandra Yarema, Assistant Professor, Clinical, Wayne State University on 11/30/18

The book addresses all the important topic areas of biology, but does not provide much detailed information necessary to be the primary text for a comprehensive biology course. read more

Reviewed by Nicholas Stewart, Instructor, Fort Hays State University on 11/29/18

The book does contain a comprehensive list of biological topics for an introductory biology class. However, the book lacks the detail required to be the primary textbook for students. It is a good outline for an introductory class for the... read more

Reviewed by Erika Young, Lecturer, University of North Carolina at Pembroke on 6/19/18

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 5/21/18

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 2/1/18

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 2/15/17

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 12/5/16

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

  • 1 Getting Started
  • 2 Biology - The Life Science
  • 3 The Nature of Molecules
  • 4 Chemical Building Blocks of Life
  • 5 Life: History and Origin
  • 6 Cells
  • 7 Cell structure
  • 8 Structure of Eukaryotic cells
  • 9 Membranes
  • 10 Cell-cell interactions
  • 11 Energy and Metabolism
  • 12 Respiration: harvesting of energy
  • 13 Photosynthesis
  • 14 Sexual reproduction
  • 15 Genetics
  • 16 Gregor Mendel and biological inheritance
  • 17 DNA: The Genetic Material
  • 18 Gene expression
  • 19 Gene regulation
  • 20 Mutation
  • 21 Recombinant DNA technology
  • 22 Classification of Living Things
  • 23 Multicellular Photosynthetic Autotrophs
  • 24 Chordates
  • 25 Tissues and Systems
  • 26 Epithelial tissue
  • 27 Connective tissue
  • 28 Muscle tissue
  • 29 Vertebrate digestive system
  • 30 Circulatory system
  • 31 Respiratory system
  • 32 Sensory systems
  • 33 Additional material
  • 34 Glossary
  • 35 Contributors
  • 36 Licenses

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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. 

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