BIOLOGY COURSE
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The Biology course contains 289 self-grading microlearning packages that you can upload to your Learning Management System (LMS).

Biology is designed for multi-semester biology courses for science majors. It is grounded on an evolutionary basis and includes exciting features that highlight careers in the biological sciences and everyday applications of the concepts at hand. To meet the needs of today’s instructors and students, some content has been strategically condensed while maintaining the overall scope and coverage of traditional texts for this course. Instructors can mix and match each lesson, adapting to the approach that works best in their classroom. Biology also includes an innovative art program that incorporates critical thinking and knowledge check questions to help students understand—and apply—key concepts.

UNIT 1 – THE CHEMISTRY OF LIFE

The opening unit introduces students to the sciences, including the scientific method and the fundamental concepts of chemistry and physics that provide a framework within which learners comprehend biological processes.

  • Atoms, Isotopes, Ions, and Molecules: The Building Blocks
  • Water
  • Carbon
  • Final Assessment
  • Synthesis of Biological Macromolecules
  • Carbohydrates
  • Lipids
  • Proteins
  • Nucleic Acids
  • Final Assessment
UNIT 2 – THE CELL

In Unit 2, students will gain solid understanding of the structures, functions, and processes of the most basic unit of life: the cell.

  • Studying Cells
  • Prokaryotic Cells
  • Eukaryotic Cells
  • The Endomembrane System and Proteins
  • The Cytoskeleton
  • Connections between Cells and Cellular Activities
  • Final Assessment
  • Components and Structure
  • Passive Transport
  • Active Transport
  • Bulk Transport
  • Final Assessment
  • Energy and Metabolism
  • Potential, Kinetic, Free, and Activation Energy
  • The Laws of Thermodynamics
  • ATP: Adenosine Triphosphate
  • Enzymes
  • Final Assessment
  • Energy in Living Systems
  • Glycolysis
  • Oxidation of Pyruvate and the Citric Acid Cycle
  • Oxidative Phosphorylation
  • Metabolism without Oxygen
  • Connections of Carbohydrate, Protein, and Lipid Metabolic Pathways
  • Regulation of Cellular Respiration
  • Final Assessment
  • Overview of Photosynthesis
  • The Light-Dependent Reactions of Photosynthesis
  • Using Light Energy to Make Organic Molecules
  • Final Assessment
  • Signaling Molecules and Cellular Receptors
  • Propagation of the Signal
  • Response to the Signal
  • Signaling in Single-Celled Organisms
  • Final Assessment
  • Cell Division
  • The Cell Cycle
  • Control of the Cell Cycle
  • Cancer and the Cell Cycle
  • Prokaryotic Cell Division
  • Final Assessment
UNIT 3 – GENETICS

The comprehensive genetics unit takes learners from the earliest experiments that revealed the basis of genetics through the intricacies of DNA to current applications in the emerging studies of biotechnology and genomics.

  • The Process of Meiosis
  • Sexual Reproduction
  • Final Assessment
  • Mendel’s Experiments and the Laws of Probability
  • Characteristics and Traits
  • Laws of Inheritance
  • Final Assessment
  • Chromosomal Theory and Genetic Linkage
  • Chromosomal Basis of Inherited Disorders
  • Final Assessment
  • Historical Basis of Modern Understanding
  • DNA Structure and Sequencing
  • Basics of DNA Replication
  • DNA Replication in Prokaryotes
  • DNA Replication in Eukaryotes
  • DNA Repair
  • Final Assessment
  • The Genetic Code
  • Prokaryotic Transcription
  • Eukaryotic Transcription
  • RNA Processing in Eukaryotes
  • Ribosomes and Protein Synthesis
  • Final Assessment
  • Regulation of Gene Expression
  • Prokaryotic Gene Regulation
  • Eukaryotic Epigenetic Gene Regulation
  • Eukaryotic Transcription Gene Regulation
  • Eukaryotic Post-transcriptional Gene Regulation
  • Eukaryotic Translational and Post-translational Gene Regulation
  • Cancer and Gene Regulation
  • Final Assessment
  • Biotechnology
  • Mapping Genomes
  • Whole-Genome Sequencing
  • Applying Genomics
  • Genomics and Proteomics
  • Final Assessment
UNIT 4 – EVOLUTIONARY PROCESSES

The core concepts of evolution are discussed in Unit 4 with examples illustrating evolutionary processes. Additionally, the evolutionary basis of biology reappears throughout the course in general discussion and is reinforced through special call-out features highlighting specific evolution-based topics.

  • Understanding Evolution
  • Formation of New Species
  • Reconnection and Rates of Speciation
  • Final Assessment
  • Population Evolution
  • Population Genetics
  • Adaptive Evolution
  • Final Assessment
  • Organizing Life on Earth
  • Determining Evolutionary Relationships
  • Perspectives on the Phylogenetic Tree
  • Final Assessment
UNIT 5 – BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY

In Unit 5, the diversity of life is explored with detailed study of various organisms and discussion of emerging phylogenetic relationships. This unit moves from viruses to living organisms like bacteria, discusses the organisms formerly grouped as protists, and devotes multiple chapters to plant and animal life.

  • Viral Evolution, Morphology, and Classification
  • Virus Infections and Hosts
  • Prevention and Treatment of Viral Infections
  • Other Acellular Entities: Prions and Viroids
  • Final Assessment
  • Prokaryotic Diversity
  • Structure of Prokaryotes
  • Prokaryotic Metabolism
  • Bacterial Diseases in Humans
  • Beneficial Prokaryotes
  • Final Assessment
  • Eukaryotic Origins
  • Characteristics of Protists
  • Groups of Protists
  • Ecology of Protists
  • Final Assessment
  • Characteristics of Fungi
  • Classifications of Fungi
  • Ecology of Fungi
  • Fungal Parasites and Pathogens
  • Importance of Fungi in Human Life
  • Final Assessment
  • Early Plant Life
  • Green Algae: Precursors of Land Plants
  • Bryophytes
  • Seedless Vascular Plants
  • Final Assessment
  • Evolution of Seed Plants
  • Gymnosperms
  • Angiosperms
  • The Role of Seed Plants
  • Final Assessment
  • Features of the Animal Kingdom
  • Features Used to Classify Animals
  • Animal Phylogeny
  • The Evolutionary History of the Animal Kingdom
  • Final Assessment
  • Phylum Porifera
  • Phylum Cnidaria
  • Superphylum Lophotrochozoa
  • Superphylum Ecdysozoa
  • Superphylum Deuterostomia
  • Final Assessment
  • Chordates
  • Fishes
  • Amphibians
  • Reptiles
  • Birds
  • Mammals
  • The Evolution of Primates
  • Final Assessment
UNIT 6 – PLANT STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION

Unit 6 thoroughly covers the fundamental knowledge of plant life essential to an introductory biology course.

  • The Plant Body
  • Stems
  • Roots
  • Leaves
  • Transport of Water and Solutes in Plants
  • Plant Sensory Systems and Responses
  • Final Assessment
  • Nutritional Requirements of Plants
  • The Soil
  • Nutritional Adaptations of Plants
  • Final Assessment
  • Reproductive Development and Structure
  • Pollination and Fertilization
  • Asexual Reproduction
  • Final Assessment
UNIT 7 – ANIMAL STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION

An introduction to the form and function of the animal body is followed by lessons on specific body systems and processes. 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.

  • Animal Form and Function
  • Animal Primary Tissues
  • Homeostasis
  • Final Assessment
  • Digestive Systems
  • Nutrition and Energy Production
  • Digestive System Processes
  • Digestive System Regulation
  • Final Assessment
  • Neurons and Glial Cells
  • How Neurons Communicate
  • The Central Nervous System
  • The Peripheral Nervous System
  • Nervous System Disorders
  • Final Assessment
  • Sensory Processes
  • Somatosensation
  • Taste and Smell
  • Hearing and Vestibular Sensation
  • Vision
  • Final Assessment
  • Types of Hormones
  • How Hormones Work
  • Regulation of Body Processes
  • Regulation of Hormone Production
  • Endocrine Glands
  • Final Assessment
  • Types of Skeletal Systems
  • Bone
  • Joints and Skeletal Movement
  • Muscle Contraction and Locomotion
  • Final Assessment
  • Systems of Gas Exchange
  • Gas Exchange across Respiratory Surfaces
  • Breathing
  • Transport of Gases in Human Bodily Fluids
  • Final Assessment
  • Overview of the Circulatory System
  • Components of the Blood
  • Mammalian Heart and Blood Vessels
  • Blood Flow and Blood Pressure Regulation
  • Final Assessment
  • Osmoregulation and Osmotic Balance
  • The Kidneys and Osmoregulatory Organs
  • Excretion Systems
  • Nitrogenous Wastes
  • Hormonal Control of Osmoregulatory Functions
  • Final Assessment
  • Innate Immune Response
  • Adaptive Immune Response
  • Antibodies
  • Disruptions in the Immune System
  • Final Assessment
  • Reproduction Methods
  • Fertilization
  • Human Reproductive Anatomy and Gametogenesis
  • Hormonal Control of Human Reproduction
  • Human Pregnancy and Birth
  • Fertilization and Early Embryonic Development
  • Organogenesis and Vertebrate Formation
  • Final Assessment
UNIT 8 – ECOLOGY

Ecological concepts are broadly covered in this unit, with features highlighting localized, real-world issues of conservation and biodiversity.

  • The Scope of Ecology
  • Biogeography
  • Terrestrial Biomes
  • Aquatic Biomes
  • Climate and the Effects of Global Climate Change
  • Final Assessment
  • Population Demography
  • Life Histories and Natural Selection
  • Environmental Limits to Population Growth
  • Population Dynamics and Regulation
  • Human Population Growth
  • Community Ecology
  • Behavioral Biology: Proximate and Ultimate Causes of Behavior
  • Final Assessment
  • Ecology of Ecosystems
  • Energy Flow through Ecosystems
  • Biogeochemical Cycles
  • Final Assessment
  • The Biodiversity Crisis
  • The Importance of Biodiversity to Human Life
  • Threats to Biodiversity
  • Preserving Biodiversity
  • Final Assessment
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