Principles of Biology
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1 An Introduction to Biology

Unit 1 Chemistry

2 The Chemical Basis of Life I: Atoms, Molecules, and Water

3 The Chemical Basis of Life II: Organic Molecules

Unit 2 Cell

4 The Evolutionary Origin of Cells and their GeneralFeatures

5 Membranes: The Interface between Cells and TheirEnvironment

6 How Cells Utilize Energy

7 How Cells Capture Energy via Photosynthesis

8 How Cells Communicate with Each Other and with theEnvironment

Unit 3 Genetics

9 The Information of Life: Structures of DNA, RNA, andChromosomes, and DNA Replication

10 The Expression of Genetic Information via Genes I:Transcription and Translation

11 The Expression ofGenetic Information via Genes II: Non-coding RNAs

12 The Control of Genetic information via Gene Regulation

13 Altering the Genetic Material: Mutation, DNA Repair, andCancer

14 How Eukaryotic Cells Sort and Transmit their Chromosomes:Mitosis and Meiosis

15 Transmission of Genetic Information from Parents toOffspring I: Patterns that Follow Mendel's Laws

16 Transmission ofGenetic Information from Parents to Offspring II: Epigenetics, Linkage, andExtranuclear Inheritance

17 The Simpler Genetic Systems of Viruses and Bacteria

18 Genetic Technologies: How Biologists Study Genes andGenomes

Unit 4 Evolution

19 Evolution of Life I: How Populations Change fromGeneration to Generation20 Origin of Species and Macroevolution

21 Evolution of Life II: The Emergence of New Species

22 The History of Life on Earth and Human Evolution

Unit 5 Diversity

23 Diversity of Microbial Life: Bacteria, Archaea, Protists,and Fungi

24 Microbiomes:Microbial Systems On and Around Us

25 Plant Evolution: How Plant Diversification Changed PlanetEarth

26 Invertebrates: the Vast Array of Animal Life without aBackbone

27 Vertebrates: Fishes, Reptiles and Mammals28 FloweringPlants: Plant Behavior

Unit 6 Plants

28 An Introduction to Flowering Plant Form and Function

29 How Flowering Plants Sense and Interact with theirEnvironments

30 How Flowering Plants Obtain and Transport Nutrients

31 How Flowering Plants Reproduce and Develop

Unit 7 Animals

32 General Features of Animal Bodies, and Homeostasis as aDefining Principle of Animal Biology

33 Neuroscience I: The Structure, Function, and Evolution ofNervous Systems

34 Neuroscience II: How Sensory Systems Allow Animals toInteract with the Environment

35 How Muscles and Skeletons are Adaptations for Movement,Support, and Protection

36 Circulatory and Respiratory Systems: Transporting Solutesand Exchanging Gases

37 Digestive Systems and Excretory Systems: Maintenance ofNutrient, Energy, Ion and Water Balance

38 How Endocrine Systems Influence the Activities of allOther Organ Systems

39 The Production of Offspring: Reproduction and Development

40 Immune Systems: How Animals Defend Against Pathogens andOther Dangers

41 IntegratedResponses of Animal Organ Systems to a Challenge to Homeostasis

Unit 8 Ecology

42 Behavioral Ecology: the Struggle to Find Food, Mates andto Pass on Genes

43 Population Growth and Species Interactions

44 Communities and Ecosystems: Ecological Organization atLarger Scales

45 Biomes: Worldwide Patterns across Global Scales

46 Biodiversity and Conservation

47 The Age of Humans:Impacts on Natural Systems