Raven, Biology © 2017, 11e

Biology ©2017 is a comprehensive text that uses an inquiry-based approach and features a robust digital program, making it the perfect solution for today’s AP Biology classroom. Biology is fully aligned to the College Board AP Curriculum Framework and offers additional content coverage to enhance the
teaching and learning experience.

About the Program

The Biology learning system uses unique tools and chapter designations to help guide students through their study of AP Biology. Chapters have been designated as either an AP Essential Knowledge or an Extending Knowledge chapter. The content covered in AP Essential Knowledge chapters represent core concepts from the AP Biology Curriculum. Extending Knowledge chapters have students apply this core content to a variety of biological systems, allowing teachers to use a variety of illustrative examples to enhance student understanding. Chapter reviews for AP Essential Knowledge chapters provide AP-style assessments including multiple choice, free response, and grid-in questions that allow students to practice their test-taking skills in preparation for the AP Exam.  Raven’s Biology also offers:

  • Big Ideas and science practices introduced in Chapter 1
  • A NEW Focus Review Guide workbook, which helps students review and apply the essential AP content covered in each chapter
  • A robust AP Teacher’s Manual with a detailed pacing guide, chapter summaries, suggested activities, and labs
  • Connect with an AP SmartBook® focused on core content chapters and AP Biology Chapter Banks for practice answering AP-style questions
  • A downloadable eBook available through ConnectED

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  • CHAPTER 1 The Science of AP Biology
  • CHAPTER 2 The Nature of Molecules
  • CHAPTER 3 The Chemical Building Blocks of Life


  • CHAPTER 4 Cell Structure
  • CHAPTER 5 Membranes
  • CHAPTER 6 Energy and Metabolism
  • CHAPTER 7 How Cells Harvest Energy
  • CHAPTER 8 Photosynthesis
  • CHAPTER 9 Cell Communication
  • CHAPTER 10 How Cells Divide


  • CHAPTER 11 Sexual Reproduction and Meiosis
  • CHAPTER 12 Patterns of Inheritance
  • CHAPTER 13 Chromosomes, Mapping, and the Meiosis— Inheritance Connection
  • CHAPTER 14 DNA: The Genetic Material
  • CHAPTER 15 Genes and How They Work
  • CHAPTER 16 Control of Gene Expression
  • CHAPTER 17 Biotechnology
  • CHAPTER 18 Genomics
  • CHAPTER 19 Cellular Mechanisms of Development


  • CHAPTER 20 Genes Within Populations
  • CHAPTER 21 The Evidence for Evolution
  • CHAPTER 22 The Origin of Species
  • CHAPTER 23 Systematics, Phylogenetics, and Comparative Biology
  • CHAPTER 24 Genome Evolution
  • CHAPTER 25 Evolution of Development


  • CHAPTER 26 Origin and Diversity of Life
  • CHAPTER 27 Viruses
  • CHAPTER 28 Prokaryotes
  • CHAPTER 29 Protists
  • CHAPTER 30 Seedless Plants
  • CHAPTER 31 Seed Plants
  • CHAPTER 32 Fungi
  • CHAPTER 33 Animal Diversity & the Evolution of Body Plans
  • CHAPTER 34 Protostomes
  • CHAPTER 35 Deuterostomes


  • CHAPTER 36 Plant Form
  • CHAPTER 37 Transport in Plants
  • CHAPTER 38 Plant Nutrition and Soils
  • CHAPTER 39 Plant Defense Responses
  • CHAPTER 40 Sensory Systems in Plants
  • CHAPTER 41 Plant Reproduction


  • CHAPTER 42 The Animal Body and Principles of Regulation
  • CHAPTER 43 The Nervous System
  • CHAPTER 44 Sensory Systems
  • CHAPTER 45 The Endocrine System
  • CHAPTER 46 The Musculoskeletal System
  • CHAPTER 47 The Digestive System
  • CHAPTER 48 The Respiratory System
  • CHAPTER 49 The Circulatory System
  • CHAPTER 50 Osmotic Regulation and the Urinary System
  • CHAPTER 51 The Immune System
  • CHAPTER 52 The Reproductive Systems
  • CHAPTER 53 Animal Development


  • CHAPTER 54 Behavioral Biology
  • CHAPTER 55 Ecology of Individuals and Populations
  • CHAPTER 56 Community Ecology
  • CHAPTER 57 Dynamics of Ecosystems
  • CHAPTER 58 The Biosphere
  • CHAPTER 59 Conservation Biology

Kenneth Mason is currently associated with the University of Iowa, Department of Biology. His academic positions, as a teacher and researcher, include the faculty of the University of Kansas, where he designed and established the genetics lab, and taught and published on the genetics of pigmentation in amphibians. At Purdue University, he successfully developed and grew large introductory biology courses and collaborated with other faculty in an innovative biology, chemistry, and physics course supported by the National Science Foundation. At the University of Iowa, where his wife served as president of the university, he taught introductory biology and human genetics for eight years. His honor society memberships include Phi Sigma, Alpha Lambda Delta, and, by vote of Purdue pharmacy students, Phi Eta Sigma Freshman Honors Society.

Jonathan Losos is the Monique and Philip Lehner Professor for the Study of Latin America in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and curator of herpetology at the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University. Losos’s research has focused on studying patterns of adaptive radiation and evolutionary diversification in lizards. He is the recipient of several awards, including the prestigious Theodosius Dobzhanksy and David Starr Jordan Prizes, the Edward Osborne Wilson Naturalist Award, and the Daniel Giraud Elliot Medal from the National Academy of Sciences. Losos has published more than 150 scientific articles.

Susan Rundell Singer is the Laurence McKinley Gould Professor of Natural Sciences in the Department of Biology at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, where she has taught introductory biology, plant biology, genetics, and plant development for nearly 30 years. Her research focuses on the development and evolution of flowering plants and genomics learning. Singer has authored numerous scientific publications on plant development and coauthored education reports including Vision and Change and “America’s Lab Report.” A fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), she has received the American Society of Plant Biology’s Excellence in Teaching Award and the Botanical Society’s Bessey Award, served on the National Academies Board on Science Education, and chaired several National Research Council study committees including the committee that produced Discipline-Based Education Research.


Ian Quitadamo is a Professor with a dual appointment in Biological Sciences and Science Education at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, WA. He teaches introductory and majors biology courses and cell biology, genetics, and biotechnology as well as science teaching methods courses for future science teachers and interdisciplinary content courses in alternative energy and sustainability. Dr. Quitadamo was educated at Washington State University and holds a bachelor’s degree in biology, master’s degree in genetics and cell biology, and an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in science, education, and technology. Previously a researcher of tumor angiogenesis, he now investigates the behavioral and neurocognitive basis of critical thinking and has published numerous studies of factors that improve student critical-thinking performance. He has received the Crystal Apple award for teaching excellence and led multiple initiatives in critical thinking and assessment. He is active nationally in helping transform university faculty practice teachers. He is a coauthor of Biology, 11th ed., by Mader and Windelspecht (2013), and is the lead digital author for Biology, 3rd and 4th ed., by Brooker (2014 and 2017), Biology, 10th ed., by Raven (2014), Understanding Biology by Mason (2015), and Principles of Biology by Brooker (2015), all published by McGraw-Hill. For fun, Dr. Quitadamo practices Kyokushin full contact karate and is a 5th degree blackbelt.


Darrel James |Student Edition
Writer Darrel James received his BS in Biology from Pacific University in Oregon and his MS in Marine Science from Oregon State. He taught biology for 30 years, and is presently teaching at Beyer High School in Modesto, CA. Darrel teaches Pre-AP as well as AP Biology and is the department chairperson. Darrel has served as a reader, table leader, and assistant chief reader for the AP Biology Exam since 1990. He has led numerous one-day AP Biology Curriculum and grading workshops for the College Board, and he has presented week-long institutes for the past 24 summers. Darrel is a member of the California Commission on Science and Technology. He is the vice-chair of the California Teachers Advisory Council, an arm of the CCST which advises the state on STEM and digitally enhanced education. Darrel has led marine biology trips to Hawaii for his AP Biology students. He is also an avid cyclist. He loves to teach and show people how much fun biology can be.

Leslie Haines | Student Edition Assessment Writer
Leslie Haines received her BS in Zoology from Duke University and her MAT in Science Education from UNC-Chapel Hill. Leslie has taught marine science, pre-AP, and AP Biology for 30 years at Walter Williams High School in Burlington NC. She has served as an AP Biology Exam reader for 22 years, and as a table leader for the last 15 years. Currently, she serves as a biology consultant for the College Board. Leslie has made presentations for the College Board, National Geographic Society, and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences at various locations in the southeast. In 2006, the National Association of Biology Teachers named Leslie Outstanding Biology Teacher for North Carolina. Leslie has held National Board Certification in Science since 1996.

Ed Braddy | Teacher Manual Writer
Ed Braddy received an undergraduate Science Education degree and a Master of Education degree from the University of South Florida in Tampa. He has taught the AP Biology course since 1991, and he is currently teaching at JW Mitchell High School in New Port Richey, FL. He is a reader for the AP Biology Exam, and he has also served as a consultant for one-day workshops and week-long summer institutes for the past 10 years. More recently, Ed wrote one of the four Planning and Pacing Guides for the revised AP Biology course. The guide can be found on the AP Biology Home Page at AP Central. Ed was named Teacher of the Year at JW Mitchell High School in 2010. He has twice received the Florida West Coast Engineering Alliance IEEE Lignell Award, an award which recognizes and honors outstanding contributions by teachers of students in mathematics and science pre-college education programs. He also serves as Science Department Chair at the school. He has attended the International Science and Engineering Fair with his students for a number of years, and he also enjoys working with student leaders as the Student Council and Science National Honor Society advisor at his school.