Campbell Biology in Focus, 3rd edition

  • Lisa A. Urry, 
  • Michael L. Cain, 
  • Steven A. Wasserman, 
  • Peter V. Minorsky

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Campbell Biology in Focus is designed to help you master the fundamental content and scientific skills you need as a college biology major. Streamlined content guides you in prioritizing essential biology concepts and scientific skills needed to develop conceptual understanding. Built unit-by-unit, the text achieves a balance between breadth and depth of concepts that moves you away from memorization and helps you build a solid foundation you'll apply in future biology courses.

The 3rd Edition guides you in exploring the key questions, approaches and ideas of modern biology. The new edition builds on the Campbell hallmark standards of accuracy, clarity and innovative pedagogy to help you make connections, interpret real data and synthesize knowledge. New key scientific findings and new interactive resources promote active learning and help you retain tough course concepts.

Published by Pearson (June 13th 2019) - Copyright © 2020

ISBN-13: 9780135964422

Subject: Biology

Category: Biology for majors


  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

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