- CONCEPTS OF BIOLOGY COURSECONCEPTS OF BIOLOGY COURSE
This comprehensive course contains 21 sections with 103 self-grading lessons, including final assessments. Two sections are available to try for free.
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- Introduction to BiologyIntroduction to Biology
UNIT 1: THE CELLULAR FOUNDATION OF LIFE
The opening unit introduces students to the sciences, including the process of science and the underlying concepts from the physical sciences that provide a framework within which learners comprehend biological processes. Additionally, students will gain solid understanding of the structures, functions, and processes of the most basic unit of life: the cell.
- Introduction to Biology - Final AssessmentIntroduction to Biology - Final Assessment
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- Chemistry of LifeChemistry of Life2.1. The Building Blocks of Molecules
2.3. Biological Molecules
- Cell Structure and FunctionCell Structure and Function3.1. How Cells Are Studied
3.2. Comparing Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Cells
3.3. Eukaryotic Cells
3.4. The Cell Membrane
3.5. Passive Transport
3.6. Active Transport
- How Cells Obtain EnergyHow Cells Obtain Energy4.1. Energy and Metabolism
4.3. Citric Acid Cycle and Oxidative Phosphorylation
4.5. Connections to Other Metabolic Pathways
- PhotosynthesisPhotosynthesis5.1. Overview of Photosynthesis
5.2. The Light-Dependent Reactions of Photosynthesis
5.3. The Calvin Cycle
- Reproduction at the Cellular LevelReproduction at the Cellular Level
UNIT 2: CELL DIVISION AND GENETICSThe genetics unit takes learners from the foundations of cellular reproduction to the experiments that revealed the basis of genetics and laws of inheritance.
6.1. The Genome
6.2. The Cell Cycle
6.3. Cancer and the Cell Cycle
6.4. Prokaryotic Cell Division
- The Cellular Basis of InheritanceThe Cellular Basis of Inheritance7.1. Sexual Reproduction
7.3. Errors in Meiosis
- Patterns of InheritancePatterns of Inheritance8.1. Mendel’s Experiments
8.2. Laws of Inheritance
8.3. Extensions of the Laws of Inheritance
- Molecular BiologyMolecular Biology
UNIT 3: MOLECULAR BIOLOGY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY
In this unit, students will learn the intricacies of DNA, protein synthesis, and gene regulation and current applications of biotechnology and genomics.
9.1. The Structure of DNA
9.2. DNA Replication
9.5. How Genes Are Regulated
- BiotechnologyBiotechnology10.1. Cloning and Genetic Engineering
10.2. Biotechnology in Medicine and Agriculture
10.3. Genomics and Proteomics
- Evolution and Its ProcessesEvolution and Its Processes
UNIT 4: EVOLUTION AND THE DIVERSITY OF LIFEThe core concepts of evolution are discussed in this unit with examples illustrating evolutionary processes. Additionally, the evolutionary basis of biology reappears throughout the textbook in general discussion and is reinforced through special call-out features highlighting specific evolution-based topics. The diversity of life is explored with detailed study of various organisms and discussion of emerging phylogenetic relationships between and among bacteria, protist kingdoms, fungi, plants, and animals.
- Evolution and Its Processes - Final AssessmentEvolution and Its Processes - Final Assessment
- Diversity of LifeDiversity of Life12.1. Organizing Life on Earth
12.2. Determining Evolutionary Relationships
- Diversity of Microbes, Fungi, and ProtistsDiversity of Microbes, Fungi, and Protists13.1. Prokaryotic Diversity
13.2. Eukaryotic Origins
- Diversity of PlantsDiversity of Plants14.1. The Plant Kingdom
14.2. Seedless Plants
14.3. Seed Plants: Gymnosperms
14.4. Seed Plants: Angiosperms
- Diversity of AnimalsDiversity of Animals15.1. Features of the Animal Kingdom
15.2. Sponges and Cnidarians
15.3. Flatworms, Nematodes, and Arthropods
15.4. Mollusks and Annelids
15.5. Echinoderms and Chordates
- The Body's SystemsThe Body's Systems
UNIT 5: ANIMAL STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION
An introduction to the form and function of the animal body is followed by chapters on the immune system and animal development. This unit touches on the biology of all organisms while maintaining an engaging focus on human anatomy and physiology that helps students connect to the topics.
16.1. Homeostasis and Osmoregulation
16.2. Digestive System
16.3. Circulatory and Respiratory Systems
16.4. Endocrine System
16.5. Musculoskeletal System
16.6. Nervous System
- The Immune System and DiseaseThe Immune System and Disease17.1. Viruses
17.2. Innate Immunity
17.3. Adaptive Immunity
17.4. Disruptions in the Immune System
- Animal Reproduction and DevelopmentAnimal Reproduction and Development18.1. How Animals Reproduce
18.2. Development and Organogenesis
18.3. Human Reproduction
- Population and Community EcologyPopulation and Community Ecology
UNIT 6: ECOLOGY
Ecological concepts are broadly covered in this unit, with features highlighting localized, real-world issues of conservation and biodiversity.
19.1. Population Demographics and Dynamics
19.2. Population Growth and Regulation
19.3. The Human Population
19.4. Community Ecology
- Ecosystems and the BiosphereEcosystems and the Biosphere
20.1. Waterford's Energy Flow through Ecosystems
20.2. Biogeochemical Cycles
20.3. Terrestrial Biomes
20.4. Aquatic and Marine Biomes
- Conservation and BiodiversityConservation and Biodiversity21.1. Importance of Biodiversity
21.2. Threats to Biodiversity
21.3. Preserving Biodiversity
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