Campbell Biology in Focus, 3rd edition

Published by Pearson (February 6, 2019) © 2020

  • Lisa A. Urry Mills College, Oakland, California
  • Michael L. Cain New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico
  • Steven A. Wasserman University of California, San Diego
  • Peter V. Minorsky Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, New York

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For introductory biology courses for science majors.

Focus. Practice. Engage.

Built unit-by-unit, Campbell Biology in Focus achieves a balance between breadth and depth of concepts to move students away from memorization. Streamlined content prioritizes essential biology concepts and scientific skills that students need to build a solid foundation for future courses.

The 3rd Edition explores the key questions, approaches and ideas of modern biology, maintaining the Campbell hallmark standards of accuracy, clarity and innovative pedagogy. The text presents new key scientific findings and new interactive resources to help students make connections, interpret real data and synthesize knowledge.

Hallmark features of this title

  • Make Connections Figures integrate content from different chapters to show how the different areas of biology are connected and provide a visual representation of big picture relationships.
  • Make Connections Questions in every chapter ask students to relate content to material presented earlier in the course.
  • Visualizing Figures teach students how to interpret diagrams and models in biology.
  • Interpret the Data questions throughout the text ask students to analyze a graph, figure or table.
  • Scientific Skills use real data to build and apply key scientific skills that students need for biology, including data analysis, graphing, experimental design and math skills.

New and updated features of this title

  • Visual Skills Questions give students practice interpreting illustrations and photos in the text.
  • Problem-Solving Exercises challenge students to apply scientific skills and interpret data as they solve engaging real-world problems.
  • EXPANDED: The impact of climate change at all levels of the biological hierarchy has been expanded throughout the text.

Highlights of the DIGITAL UPDATE for Mastering Biology (available for Spring 2021 classes)

Instructors, no need to create a new course. Digital updates have been added.

  • NEW: Pearson® Interactive Labs are structured around the process of science and feature real-world scenarios and guided feedback so students can make and learn from their mistakes.
  • NEW: CheckPoint Interactive Questions confront student misconceptions with an integrated series of questions and answer-specific feedback.
  • NEW: Interactive Visual Activities encourage interacting with the text's art to deepen students' understanding of biology.

Features of Mastering Biology for the 3rd Edition; published 2019

  • GapFinder Modules assess prerequisite knowledge and recommend personalized remediation specific to individual knowledge gaps.
  • Study Skills Dynamic Study Modules are student-centered and address test taking, studying vs. learning, time management, resources, accountability, reading and taking notes.
  • Figure Walkthrough Videos guide students through key figures, narrated explanations, figure markups and questions to reinforce important points and encourage active participation.
  • Visualizing Figure Tutorials help students practice visual skills and Visualizing the Data activities enable them to practice data interpretation.
  1. Introduction: Evolution and the Foundations of Biology

UNIT 1: Chemistry and Cells 

  1. The Chemical Context of Life
  2. Carbon and the Molecular Diversity of Life 
  3. A Tour of the Cell
  4. Membrane Transport and Cell Signaling
  5. An Introduction to Metabolism
  6. Cellular Respiration and Fermentation 
  7. Photosynthesis 
  8. The Cell Cycle 

UNIT 2: 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. Development, Stem Cells, and Cancer
  8. Viruses
  9. Genomes and Their Evolution

UNIT 3: Evolution

  1. Descent with Modification
  2. Phylogeny
  3. The Evolution of Populations
  4. The Origin of Species
  5. Broad Patterns of Evolution

UNIT 4: The Evolutionary History of Life

  1. Early Life and the Diversification of Prokaryotes
  2. The Origin and Diversification of Eukaryotes
  3. The Colonization of Land
  4. The Rise of Animal Diversity

UNIT 5: Plant Form and Function

  1. Vascular Plant Structure and Growth
  2. Resource Acquisition, Nutrition, and Transport in Vascular Plants
  3. Reproduction and Domestication of Flowering Plants
  4. Plant Responses to Internal and External Signals

UNIT 6: Animal Form and Function

  1. The Internal Environment of Animals: Organization and Regulation
  2. Animal Nutrition
  3. Circulation and Gas Exchange
  4. The Immune System
  5. Reproduction and Development
  6. Neurons, Synapses, and Signaling
  7. Nervous and Sensory Systems
  8. Motor Mechanisms and Behavior

UNIT 7: Ecology

  1. Population Ecology and the Distribution of Organisms
  2. Ecological Communities
  3. Ecosystems and Energy
  4. Conservation Biology and Global Change

About our authors

Lisa A. Urry (Units 1 and 2) is Gibbons Young Professor of Biology at Mills College. After earning a B.A. at Tufts University, she completed her Ph.D. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Lisa has conducted research on gene expression during embryonic and larval development in sea urchins. Deeply committed to promoting opportunities in science for women and underrepresented minorities, she has taught courses ranging from introductory and developmental biology to a nonmajors course called Evolution for Future President.

Michael L. Cain (Chapter 1 and Units 3, 4, and 7) is an ecologist and evolutionary biologist who is now writing full-time. Michael earned an A.B. from Bowdoin College, an M.Sc. from Brown University, and a Ph.D. from Cornell University. As a faculty member at New Mexico State University, he taught introductory biology, ecology, evolution, botany, and conservation biology. Michael is the author of dozens of scientific papers on topics that include foraging behavior in insects and plants, long-distance seed dispersal, and speciation in crickets. He is also a coauthor of an ecology textbook.

Steven A. Wasserman (Unit 6) is Professor of Biology at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He earned an A.B. from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from MIT. Working on the fruit fly Drosophila, Steve has done research on developmental biology, reproduction, and immunity. Having taught genetics, development, and physiology to undergraduate, graduate, and medical students, he now focuses on introductory biology, for which he has been honored with UCSD's Distinguished Teaching Award.

Peter V. Minorsky (Unit 5) is Professor of Biology at Mercy College in New York, where he teaches introductory biology, ecology, and botany. He received his A.B. from Vassar College and his Ph.D. from Cornell University. Peter taught at Kenyon College, Union College, Western Connecticut State University, and Vassar College; he is also the science writer for the journal Plant Physiology. His research interests concern how plants sense environmental change. Peter received the 2008 Award for Teaching Excellence at Mercy College.

Rebecca B. Orr (Ready-to-Go Teaching Modules, eText Media Integration) is Professor of Biology at Collin College in Plano, Texas, where she teaches introductory biology. She earned her B.S. from Texas A&M University and her Ph.D. from University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Rebecca has a passion for investigating strategies that result in more effective learning and retention, and she is a certified Team-Based Learning Collaborative Trainer Consultant. She enjoys focusing on the creation of learning opportunities that both engage and challenge students.

Neil A. Campbell (1946--2004) earned his M.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles, and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Riverside. His research focused on desert and coastal plants. Neil's 30 years of teaching included introductory biology courses at Cornell University, Pomona College, and San Bernardino Valley College, where he received the college's first Outstanding Professor Award. He was also a visiting scholar at the University of California, Riverside. Neil was the founding author of Campbell Biology, upon which this book is based.

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