Table of Contents for Biology in Focus

Chapters in BOLD will be totally or partially covered in this course.

1 Introduction: Evolution and the Foundations of Biology


UNIT 1 Chemistry and Cells

2 The Chemical Context of Life

3 Carbon and the Molecular Diversity of Life

4 A Tour of the Cell

5 Membrane Transport and Cell Signaling

6 An Introduction to Metabolism

7 Cellular Respiration and Fermentation

8 Photosynthesis

9 The Cell Cycle


UNIT 2 Genetics

10 Meiosis and Sexual Life Cycles

11 Mendel and the Gene Idea

12 The Chromosomal Basis of Inheritance

13 The Molecular Basis of Inheritance

14 Gene Expression: From Gene to Protein

15 Regulation of Gene Expression

16 Development, Stem Cells, and Cancer

17 Viruses

18 Genomes and Their Evolution


UNIT 3 Evolution

19 Descent with Modification

20 Phylogeny

21 The Evolution of Populations

22 The Origin of Species

23 Broad Patterns of Evolution


UNIT 4 The Evolutionary History of Life

24 Early Life and the Diversification of Prokaryotes

25 The Origin and Diversification of Eukaryotes

26 The Colonization of Land

27 The Rise of Animal Diversity


UNIT 5 Plant Form and Function

28 Vascular Plant Structure and Growth

29 Resource Acquisition, Nutrition, and Transport in Vascular Plants

30 Reproduction and Domestication of Flowering Plants

31 Plant Responses to Internal and External Signals


UNIT 6 Animal Form and Function

32 The Internal Environment of Animals: Organization and Regulation

33 Animal Nutrition

34 Circulation and Gas Exchange

35 The Immune System

36 Reproduction and Development

37 Neurons, Synapses, and Signaling

38 Nervous and Sensory Systems

39 Motor Mechanisms and Behavior


UNIT 7 Ecology

40 Population Ecology and the Distribution of Organisms

41 Ecological Communities

42 Ecosystems and Energy

43 Conservation Biology and Global Change

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