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Human Biology

(6 reviews)

Willy Cushwa

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Copyright Year: 2015

Publisher: OpenStax CNX

Language: English

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Reviewed by Janet Vaglia, Professor of Biology, DePauw University on 1/5/24

This Human Biology textbook is quite comprehensive in its coverage of the human body systems as well as in the basic concepts of biochemistry and cell biology. Practically speaking it may be too comprehensive to cover all of the material in one... read more

Reviewed by Jessica Daniels, Biology Instructor, Minnesota State Community and Technical College on 6/28/21

Most body systems are covered sufficiently for a non-major’s biology class. However, the anatomy may need to be supplemented if using for a lab class (i.e. bone or muscle labeling/identification). A brief chapter on tissues would be helpful for... read more

Reviewed by Laylonda Maines, Affiliate Faculty, Metropolitan State University of Denver on 3/26/21, updated 4/22/21

I thought it was comprehensive. I teach Anatomy & Physiology and the textbook gets into enough detail for my Human Biology class. Personally, I would have liked to have more on diseases. read more

Reviewed by Pamela Thinesen, Instructor, Minnesota State on 6/15/19

Would like to see even a short section on human evolution. As well, I don't see coverage of integumentary system or development. Lymphatic system is with immune system, which is fine but perhaps change title for Ch 20 to "Immune System and... read more

Reviewed by Jonathan Christie, Instructor, Chemeketa Community College on 5/21/19

I found the book to be comprehensive over the topics normally covered in a one-semester human biology class for certain allied health majors such as medical assistant. This book could also serve as a "basic science" text for a science class that... read more

Reviewed by Noel Boaz, Professor of Anatomy, Emory and Henry College, School of Health Sciences on 3/9/19

This textbook is organized primarily by systems and it covers all 11 in 20 chapters (even though the Table of Contents only lists 19). Five chapters are predominantly discipline- or topic-focused: Chapter 1 on the Scientific Method, Chapter 2 on... read more

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: Introduction to Human Biology and the Scientific Method
  • Chapter 2: Chemistry and Life
  • Chapter 3: Cells
  • Chapter 4: DNA and Gene Expression
  • Chapter 5: Digestive System
  • Chapter 6: Energy Considerations
  • Chapter 7: Blood
  • Chapter 8: Heart
  • Chapter 9: Blood Vessels
  • Chapter 10: Respiratory System
  • Chapter 11: Hormones
  • Chapter 12: Urinary System
  • Chapter 13: Mitosis and Meiosis
  • Chapter 14: Reproductive Systems
  • Chapter 15: Skeletal System
  • Chapter 16: Muscles and Movement
  • Chapter 17: Nervous System
  • Chapter 18: Special Senses
  • Chapter 19: Immune System

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About the Book

This textbook has been created with several goals in mind: accessibility, customization, and student engagement—all while encouraging students toward high levels of academic scholarship. Students will find that this textbook offers a strong introduction to human biology in an accessible format.

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Willy Cushwa

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Samantha Fowler, Clayton State University
Rebecca Roush, Sandhills Community College
James Wise, Hampton University

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