Biology: Concepts and Applications (High School Edition)

  • AUTHOR: Cecie Starr
  • CONTRIBUTOR: Christine Evers
  • ISBN-13: 9781285427850 
  • Grade(s): 9 | 10 | 11 | 12
  • 880 Pages  Hardcover 
  • 9th Edition  |  Previous Editions: 2011, 2008, 2006
  • ©2015     Published
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About The Product

In the new edition of BIOLOGY: CONCEPTS AND APPLICATIONS, authors Cecie Starr, Christine A. Evers, and Lisa Starr have partnered with the National Geographic Society to develop a text designed to engage and inspire. This trendsetting text introduces the key concepts of biology to non-biology majors using clear explanations and unparalleled visuals. While mastering core concepts, each chapter challenges students to question what they read and apply the concepts learned, providing students with the critical thinking skills and science knowledge they need in life. Renowned for its writing style the new edition is enhanced with exclusive content from the National Geographic Society, including over 200 new photos and illustrations. New People Matter sections in most chapters profile National Geographic Explorers and Grantees who are making significant contributions in their field, showing students how concepts in the chapter are being applied in their biological research. Each chapter concludes with an 'Application' section highlighting real-world uses of biology and helping students make connections to chapter content. Helping visual learners, "Figure It Out" questions in many illustrations ensure students understand the concepts. Data Analysis Activities at the end of every chapter help students strengthen their analytical skills. "Take Home Messages" ensure students grasp key concepts. Helpful media options include the interactive Aplia program that connects with today's students. Throughout this issues-oriented text, the authors emphasize that biology is an ongoing endeavor carried out by a diverse community of people and prepare students to make decisions that require an understanding of the process of science and basic biological principles.


  • The entire text has been enhanced visually throughout. Key Concepts with thumbnail images are reiterated in the visual summaries, and stepped out figures and "Figure It Out” figures help students along the way.
  • Data Analysis Activities provide students with the opportunity to work with real data, further strengthening analytical skills and providing insight into contemporary research.
  • Take-Home Message at the end of each section poses a question that reflects the critical content of the section and answers the question in bulleted list format so students grasp the key concepts.
  • On-page running glossary provides immediate help with the language of Biology and aids reading comprehension.
  • Digital options include Aplia for Biology, a homework solution that reinforces course concepts, and MindTap for Biology, which combines readings, multimedia, activities, and assessments into a singular learning path. The MindTap media includes pop-up tutors that help explain key topics with short video explanations.
  • The text balances concepts and applications. All points necessary for developing an understanding of a basic concept are on a single page or two facing pages so students can focus on one topic at a time and digest information in manageable segments.
  • The visually-appealing and accurate art program helps visual learners with step-by-step art, Figure It Out” images, and animated figures.

About the Contributor

  • Cecie Starr

    For the past two decades, Cecie Starr has been known as one of the best-selling biology textbook authors. Her texts, appreciated for their clarity in both the written word and the visual representation of biological concepts, include multiple editions of BIOLOGY: THE UNITY AND DIVERSITY OF LIFE, BIOLOGY: CONCEPTS AND APPLICATIONS, and BIOLOGY TODAY AND TOMORROW. Her original dream was to become an architect. Instead of building houses, she now builds, with care and attention to detail, incredible texts based on this philosophy: “I invite students into a chapter through an intriguing story. Once inside, they get the great windows that biologists construct on the world of life. Biology is not just another house. It is a conceptual mansion. I hope to do it justice.”

  • Christine Evers

    Christine Evers has been creating multimedia and Web-based materials to supplement Starr and other science texts for ten years. She earned her B.S. in Biology from SUNY Stony Brook. After working as a research assistant studying the developmental biology of slime mold, she was awarded an N.S.F. fellowship to attend Yale, where she studied evolutionary biology and honeybee behavior. She has a strong interest in science education and serves as a member of her local school board.

Table of Contents

1. Invitation to Biology.
2. Life's Chemical Basis.
3. Molecules of Life.
4. Cell Structure.
5. Ground Rules of Metabolism.
6. Where It Starts-Photosynthesis.
7. How Cells Release Chemical Energy.
8. DNA Structure and Function.
9. From DNA to Protein.
10. Control of Gene Expression.
11. How Cells Reproduce.
12. Meiosis and Sexual Reproduction.
13. Observing Patterns in Inherited Traits.
14. Human Inheritance.
15. Biotechnology.
16. Evidence of Evolution.
17. Processes of Evolution.
18. Life's Origin and Early Evolution.
19. Viruses, Bacteria, and Archaeans.
20. The Protists.
21. Plant Evolution.
22. Fungi.
23. Animals I: Invertebrate Groups.
24. Animals II: The Chordates.
25. Plant Tissues.
26. Plant Nutrition and Transport.
27. Plant Reproduction and Development.
28. Animal Tissues and Organ Systems.
29. Neural Control.
30. Sensory Perception.
31. Endocrine Control.
32. Structural Support and Movement.
33. Circulation.
34. Immunity.
35. Respiration.
36. Digestion and Human Nutrition.
37. Maintaining the Internal Environment.
38. Reproduction and Development.
39. Animal Behavior.
40. Population Ecology.
41. Community Ecology.
42. Ecosystems.
43. The Biospheres.
44. Human Effects on the Biosphere.
Appendix I: Periodic Table of the Elements.
Appendix II: Amino Acids.
Appendix III: A Closer Look at Some Major Metabolic Pathways.
Appendix IV: A Plain English Map of the Human Chromosomes.
Appendix V: Restless Earth-Life's Changing Geologic Stage.
Appendix VI: Units of Measure.
Appendix VII: Answers to Self-Quizzes and Genetics Problems.

New to this Edition

  • The new edition of BIOLOGY: CONCEPTS AND APPLICATIONS was developed in partnership with the National Geographic Society, an organization known for eye-opening photography and a legacy of inspiring people to care about biology and the environment that supports it. The result is a text that combines clear explanations with unparalleled visuals to bring core concepts into focus.
  • New People Matter sections in most chapters profile National Geographic Explorers and Grantees who are making significant contributions in their field, showing students how concepts in the chapter are being applied in their biological research.
  • Each chapter concludes with an ‘Application’ section highlighting real-world uses of biology and helping students make connections and deepen understanding of concepts.