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Unfolding the Mystery of Life, Biology Lab Manual for Non-Science Majors

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Ellen Genovesi, Mercer County Community College

Laura Blinderman, Mercer County Community College

Patrick Natale, Mercer County Community College

Copyright Year: 2019

Publisher: Ellen Genovesi, Laura Blinderman and Patrick Natale

Language: English

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Reviewed by Janet Vaglia, Professor of Biology, DePauw University on 5/17/23

Courses such as this are challenging to teach, and it is difficult to find and create resources that covers a range of material that suits every teacher/faculty. As such this Lab Manual does a good job of providing opportunities for students to... read more

Reviewed by Michelle Gould, Biological Sciences Instructor, University of Hawaii Maui College on 1/31/22

This lab manual is fairly comprehensive but it doesn't include all of the topics I cover in a Biology Lab for Non-Science majors. read more

Reviewed by Cassie Gohn, Assistant Professor, Manchester University on 4/10/21

The lab manual provides many introductory level labs that could be utilized in non-majors courses, as well as majors courses. It gives a good breadth and overview of common intro content. read more

Reviewed by Jennifer Rubin, Instructor of Biology, Rochester Community & Technical College on 2/3/21, updated 6/1/21

Overall the lab manual provides many lab exercises that could be used in an introductory biology lab, several relevant to both non-majors and majors courses. Notable additions that would enhance the lab include: cell division, respiration, and/or... read more

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

There are 13 laboratory modules that explore general intro biology interests. I enjoyed the fact that the labs involved ‘active’ thinking questions which would spark the interest of non-science majors. All the labs have portions that can be... read more

Reviewed by Irfanul Alam, Graduate student, University of Colorado Boulder on 6/11/20

I really appreciate the first chapter, non-majors are less likely to encounter SI units in their academic career so starting the semester off by getting acquainted with this system is ideal for the subsequent experiments. When defining... read more

Reviewed by Michelle Phillips, Assistant Professor, Hawaii Community College on 1/3/20

Biology lab manuals for non-science majors that are a perfect fit for a particular location, level of student, available materials, and the myriad ways in which instructors teach this course are difficult to find, and this manual is a helpful... read more

Reviewed by Jameel Al-Haddad, Instructor, Michigan State University on 11/22/19

The manual is intended for non-majors, pre-biology, and pre-allied health majors. However, after going through the different units, some of the units are suitable for earlier stages such as high school. Several of its units were too basic for a... read more

Reviewed by Carol Mapes, Professor, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania on 11/5/19

This lab manual covers thirteen lab exercises for a one semester introductory biology lab class for non-science majors, pre-biology majors, or pre-allied health majors. It would benefit from at least two additional exercises to work for a 15 week... read more

Reviewed by Jacqueline Spencer, Assistant Professor of Biology, Thomas Nelson Community College on 10/29/19

This new lab manual for nonscience majors, as well as pre-biology and pre-allied health majors, has an unevenness in the quality of the 13 different experiments. While the Table of Contents shows a logical progression of the subject matter,... read more

Table of Contents

  • Exercise 1: The Metric System of Measurement
  • Exercise 2: Microscopy
  • Exercise 3: The Scientific Method
  • Exercise 4: Cell Membrane Biology
  • Exercise 5: Biomolecules
  • Exercise 6: Enzymes
  • Exercise 7: Photosynthesis
  • Exercise 8: Human Genetics & Cytogenetics
  • Exercise 9: Using Genetic Crosses to Analyze a Stickleback Trait
  • Exercise 10: Protein Gel Electrophoresis
  • Exercise 11: Isolation of DNA From Plants
  • Exercise 12: Animal Tissues
  • Exercise 13: Microbiology, Food Microbiology and Disease Transmission

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  • About the Book

    This laboratory manual is intended for use in a biology laboratory course taken by non-science majors, pre-biology, and pre-allied health majors.

    Laboratory exercises provide students with experience in basic laboratory skills, gathering and organizing data, measuring and calculating, hypothesis testing, analysis of data, writing, and laboratory safety. The skill sets are designed to promote the development of critical thought and analysis. Students work with living and preserved specimens, and laboratory reagents and equipment.

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    Laura Blinderman

    Patrick Natale

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