Table of Contents

1. The Themes of Biology and Scientific Inquiry

I. THE CHEMISTRY OF LIFE

  1. The Chemical Context of Life
  2. Water and Life
  3. Carbon and the Molecular Diversity of Life
  4. The Structure and Function of Large Biological Molecules

II. THE CELL

  1. A Tour of the Cell
  2. Membrane Structure and Function
  3. An Introduction to Metabolism
  4. Cellular Respiration and Fermentation
  5. Photosynthesis
  6. Cell Communication
  7. The Cell Cycle 

III. GENETICS

  1. Meiosis and Sexual Life Cycles
  2. Mendel and the Gene Idea
  3. The Chromosomal Basis of Inheritance
  4. The Molecular Basis of Inheritance
  5. Gene Expression: From Gene to Protein
  6. Regulation of Gene Expression
  7. Viruses
  8. DNA Tools and Biotechnology
  9. Genomes and Their Evolution

IV. MECHANISMS OF EVOLUTION

  1. Descent with Modification: A Darwinian View of Life
  2. The Evolution of Populations
  3. The Origin of Species
  4. The History of Life on Earth 

V. THE EVOLUTIONARY HISTORY OF BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY

  1. Phylogeny and the Tree of Life
  2. Bacteria and Archaea
  3. Protists
  4. Plant Diversity I: How Plants Colonized Land
  5. Plant Diversity II: The Evolution of Seed Plants
  6. Fungi
  7. An Overview of Animal Diversity
  8. An Introduction to Invertebrates
  9. The Origin and Evolution of Vertebrates

VI. PLANT FORM AND FUNCTION

  1. Plant Structure, Growth, and Development
  2. Resource Acquisition and Transport in Vascular Plants
  3. Soil and Plant Nutrition
  4. Angiosperm Reproduction and Biotechnology
  5. Plant Responses to Internal and External Signals

VII. ANIMAL FORM AND FUNCTION

  1. Basic Principles of Animal Form and Function
  2. Animal Nutrition
  3. Circulation and Gas Exchange
  4. The Immune System
  5. Osmoregulation and Excretion
  6. Hormones and the Endocrine System
  7. Animal Reproduction
  8. Animal Development
  9. Neurons, Synapses, and Signaling
  10. Nervous Systems
  11. Sensory and Motor Mechanisms
  12. Animal Behavior

VIII. ECOLOGY

  1. An Introduction to Ecology and the Biosphere
  2. Population Ecology
  3. Community Ecology
  4. Ecosystems and Restoration Ecology
  5.  Conservation Biology and Global Change