Biology has become too massive to memorize factoids the way you were encouraged to in traditional biology courses. This book is organized around the 5 Big Ideas of biology: Information, Evolution, Cells, Emergent Properties and Homeostasis - core concepts around which biological knowledge is built. Each Big Idea is examined at five levels of biological hierarchy. We have re-envisioned the introductory biology teaching and learning experience with a book that emphasizes concepts and the core competencies of critical thinking, quantitative reasoning, and data interpretation.

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The five big ideas and five levels of the biological hierarchy

Information in Molecules and Cells

  • Chapter 1: Heritable Material
  • Chapter 2: Central Dogma
  • Chapter 3: Reproduction and Cell Division 

Evolution of Molecules and Cells 

  • Chapter 4: Evolution and Origin of Cells
  • Chapter 5: Evolution Applied
  • Chapter 6: Evolution of Eukaryotes 

Cells at the Molecular and Cellular Levels

  • Chapter 7: Molecular Structure and Function
  • Chapter 8:Cells Structure and Function
  • Chapter 9: Neurons and Muscles 

Homeostasis of Molecules and Cells

  • Chapter 10: Cellular Respiration
  • Chapter 11: Photosynthesis
  • Chapter 12: Plant Physiology 

Emergent Properties of Molecules and Cells

  • Chapter 13: Molecular Switches
  • Chapter 14: Cell Networks
  • Chapter 15: Animal Physiology 

Information in Populations and Ecological Systems

Evolution in Populations and Ecological Systems

  • Chapter 19: Mechanisms of Evolution
  • Chapter 20: Evolutionary History
  • Chapter 21: Evolution of Interactions in Communities 

Cells in Populations and Ecological Systems

  • Chapter 22: Disease
  • Chapter 23: Cells in Tissues
  • Chapter 24: Ecological Dynamics 

Emergent Properties in Populations and Ecological Systems

  • Chapter 25: Individuals and Emergence
  • Chapter 26: Properties of Populations
  • Chapter 27: Ecological Interactions 

Homeostasis of Populations and Ecological Systems

  • Chapter 28: Organismal Homeostasis
  • Chapter 29: Population Homeostasis
  • Chapter 30: Ecological Homeostasis

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