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  • June 2017
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-64422-7
  • 928 pages
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Discover Biology

Sixth Edition

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Gary Shin (Author, California State University - Long Beach), Anu Singh-Cundy (Author, Western Washington University)


Developing scientific literacy through active learning—before, during, and after class.

Discover Biology is praised by adopters for its clear, accessible explanations that develop students’ understanding of core concepts. The Sixth Edition maintains this strength but is more focused, 10% shorter, and offers a consistent chapter structure that gives students the conceptual foundation they need to fully understand and appreciate why biology matters in their own lives. This edition offers an accessible, flexible, and complete suite of teaching resources to support students and instructors at every stage of the learning process.


Supports learning outside of the classroom

New Extreme Biology features throughout every chapter highlight examples of the amazing diversity of the living world. A consistently applied system of banners, labels, and bubble captions guide students through information-rich, process-oriented figures. Engaging stories bookend each chapter; they draw students in and later illuminate connections between just-learned concepts and the real world. Distinctive pedagogical features—from in-text pronunciation guides and Helpful to Know boxes to Concept Checks at the end of every section—give students the help they need, when they need it. New Biology in the News features at the end of every chapter include a recent news article, author analysis, and questions that develop scientific literacy by teaching students to think critically about science in popular media.  

Engages students in the classroom

The Ultimate Guide to Teaching Biology: Discover Biology provides instructors with a rich suite of resources to use in the classroom, including group activities designed to be used in a variety of classroom sizes and setups, think-pair-share activities, video clip recommendations with discussion questions, clicker questions, sample syllabi, and sample lecture plans to ease a transition to a new book. Powerful lecture tools—including Extreme Biology slides, animations of key processes from each chapter, and narrative figures showing biological processes step-by-step—also enliven the classroom.  

Rich resources for assessment

The Sixth Edition features a wealth of assessment opportunities that give instructors and students the tools they need to meet course goals and outcomes, and offer support at every stage of the learning process:
• SmartWork contains powerful, flexible review and homework assignments that include visual questions, animation questions, Biology in the News quizzes, Extreme Biology quizzes, and more.
• Downloadable Coursepacks provide easy-to-use resources review and assessment in the online environment students are used to and scores report directly to the gradebook the instructor knows.
• A rigorously developed Test Bank with questions tagged by book section, Bloom's Taxonomy type, learning objectives, and difficulty level makes it easy to create diagnostic quizzes and exams.

    Chapter 1: The Nature of Science and the Characteristics of Life

    Unit 1: Cells: The Basic Unit of Life
    Chapter 2: The Chemistry of Life
    Chapter 3: Cell Structure and Internal Compartments
    Chapter 4: Cell Membranes, Transport, and Communication
    Chapter 5: Energy, Metabolism, and Enzymes
    Chapter 6: Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration
    Chapter 7: Cell Division
    Chapter 8: Cancer and Human Health

    Unit 2: Genetics
    Chapter 9: Patterns of Inheritance
    Chapter 10: Chromosomes and Human Genetics
    Chapter 11: DNA and Genes
    Chapter 12: From Gene to Protein
    Chapter 13: DNA Technology

    Unit 3: Evolution
    Chapter 14: Evolution: Change in Populations
    Chapter 15: The Origin of Species
    Chapter 16: The Evolutionary History of Life
    Chapter 17: Bacteria, Archaea, and Viruses
    Chapter 18: Protista, Plantae, and Fungi
    Chapter 19: Animalia

    Unit 4: Ecology
    Chapter 20: The Biosphere
    Chapter 21: Growth of Populations
    Chapter 22: Animal Behavior
    Chapter 23: Ecological Communities
    Chapter 24: Ecosystems
    Chapter 25: Global Change

    Unit 5: Animal Form and Function
    Chapter 26: Internal Organization and Homeostasis
    Chapter 27: Nutrition and Digestion
    Chapter 28: Circulation and Gas Exchange
    Chapter 29: Animal Hormones
    Chapter 30: Nervous and Sensory Systems
    Chapter 31: Skeletons, Muscles, and Movement
    Chapter 32: The Immune System
    Chapter 33: Reproduction and Development

    Unit 6: Plant Form and Function
    Chapter 34: Plant Structure, Nutrition, and Transport
    Chapter 35: Plant Growth and Reproduction