Higher Education

Cengage Advantage Books: Biology: A Human Emphasis, 8th Edition

  • Cecie Starr
  • Christine Evers
  • Lisa Starr
  • ISBN-10: 0538757027  |  ISBN-13: 9780538757027
  • 640 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2008, 2006, 2000
  • © 2011 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $177.50
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About

Overview

Clear, engaging, and visual, BIOLOGY: A HUMAN EMPHASIS equips non-biology majors with the science they'll need in life! Renowned for its writing style and trendsetting art, the new edition includes an enhanced visual pedagogy, learning features, and media options. Chapter opening case studies and "How Would You Vote?" questions make the material relevant to students, new section-ending "Take Home Messages" ensure they grasp key concepts, and the clear art program enables them to visualize. Helpful media options include the interactive Aplia program that connects with today's students. Providing selected chapters from the issues-oriented BIOLOGY: CONCEPTS AND APPLICATIONS, this text is ideal for courses that emphasize human applications.

Features and Benefits

  • 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.
  • A chapter opening case study begins each chapter by exploring a current event or controversy directly related to the chapter's content. Students see the relevance of the material and revisit the case at the end of the chapter.
  • "How Would You Vote?" questions accompany the chapter opening case studies and ask students to consider biology-related news, explore the facts behind the issue, apply knowledge, and cast a vote.
  • PowerLecture for Starr's BIOLOGY: A HUMAN EMPHASIS makes it easy for you to create customized lectures. Each chapter includes the following features, all organized by chapter section: lecture slides, new "What's Wrong with This Picture" slides, all chapter art and photos, bonus photos, animations, videos, PowerBibliography, Instructor's Manual, Test Bank, Examview testing software, JoinIn polling and quizzing slides, and everything else you need. This "buffet" of media resources is at your fingertips and is included on one DVD.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION.
1. Invitation to Biology.
Unit I: PRINCIPLES OF CELLULAR LIFE.
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.
Unit II: GENETICS.
8. DNA Structure and Function.
9. From DNA to Protein.
10. Controls Over Genes.
11. How Cells Reproduce.
12. Meiosis and Sexual Reproduction.
13. Observing Patterns in Inherited Traits.
14. Human Inheritance.
15. Biotechnology.
Part III: EVOLUTION AND BIODIVERSITY.
16. Viruses, Bacteria, and Archaeans.
17. The Chordates.
Unit IV: HOW ANIMALS WORK.
18. Animal Tissues and Organ Systems.
19. Neural Control.
20. Sensory Perception.
21. Endocrine Control.
22. Structural Support and Movement.
23. Circulation.
24. Immunity.
25. Respiration.
26. Digestion and Human Nutrition.
27. The Internal Environment.
28. Reproduction and Development.
Part V: PRINCIPLES OF ECOLOGY.
29. Animal Behavior.
30. Population Ecology.
31. Ecosystems.
32. Human Effects on the Biosphere.

What's New

  • 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.
  • New Data Analysis Activities provide students with the opportunity to work with real data, further strengthening analytical skills and providing insight into contemporary research.
  • New 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.
  • vNew on-page running glossary provides immediate help with the language of Biology and aids reading comprehension.
  • New media options include the interactive Aplia program as well as CengageNOW and WebTutor for Blackboard and WebCT featuring new pop-up tutors that help explain key topics with short video explanations.

Supplements

All supplements have been updated in coordination with the main title. Select the main title's "About" tab, then select "What's New" for updates specific to title's edition.

For more information about these supplements, or to obtain them, contact your Learning Consultant.

Instructor Supplements

Instructor's Resource Manual  (ISBN-10: 0840048173 | ISBN-13: 9780840048172)

The Instructor's Resource Manual is designed to streamline and maximize the effectiveness of your course preparation. Each chapter includes a chapter outline; chapter objectives; key terms; a lecture outline; suggestions for presenting the material; classroom and laboratory enrichment ideas; ideas for classroom discussion; term paper topics, library activities and special projects; answers to data analysis exercises; and answers to the critical-thinking questions from the end-of-chapter exercises.

Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 0840048181 | ISBN-13: 9780840048189)

The test bank offers nearly 3,500 questions. Test bank chapters consist of the following types of questions ranked according to Bloom's Taxonomy: multiple choice, matching, "select-the-exception" multiple choice, and labeling. This print supplement provides exams that can be used in your course, as well as selected images from the text..

PowerLecture with ExamView® and JoinIn™ Student Response System  (ISBN-10: 084004819X | ISBN-13: 9780840048196)

PowerLecture for Starr's BIOLOGY: CONCEPTS AND APPLICATIONS, 8e makes it easy for you to create customized lectures. Each chapter includes the following features, all organized by chapter section: lecture slides, new "What's Wrong with This Picture" slides, all chapter art and photos, bonus photos, animations, videos, PowerBibliography, Instructor's Manual, Test Bank, Examview testing software, JoinIn polling and quizzing slides, and everything else you need. This "buffet" of media resources is at your fingertips and is included on one DVD. STUDENT DESCRIPTION: N/A

Transparency Correlation Guide  (ISBN-10: 0840048203 | ISBN-13: 9780840048202)

These acetates, along with a correlation guide, help you engage students in your lectures by providing powerful visual aids. The transparencies include line art and micrographs from the text.

Resource Integration Guide  (ISBN-10: 0840044542 | ISBN-13: 9780840044549)

Premium Interactive eBook  (ISBN-10: 084004786X | ISBN-13: 9780840047861)

This complete online version of the text is integrated with multimedia resources and special study features, providing the motivation that so many students need to study and the interactivity they need to learn. New to this edition are pop-up tutors, which help explain key topics with short video explanations.

List Price = $208.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $157.00

WebTutor™ on Blackboard® with eBook on Gateway, 2 terms (12 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 111147463X | ISBN-13: 9781111474638)

Succeed in your biology course with this anytime, anywhere customized learning solution that reinforces and clarifies complex concepts, provides online quizzes with instant feedback and other online learning tools, and keeps you connected to your textbook, instructor, and classmates.

List Price = $234.00  | CengageBrain Price = $234.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $234.00

WebTutor™ on WebCT™ with eBook on Gateway, 2 terms (12 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1111474656 | ISBN-13: 9781111474652)

Succeed in your biology course with this anytime, anywhere customized learning solution that reinforces and clarifies complex concepts, provides online quizzes with instant feedback and other online learning tools, and keeps you connected to your textbook, instructor, and classmates.

List Price = $234.00  | CengageBrain Price = $234.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $234.00

CengageNOW with Premium eBook, Personal Tutor, InfoTrac® Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 0840048483 | ISBN-13: 9780840048486)

CengageNOW saves you time with automatic grading and an easy-to-use grade book and provides students with an efficient way to study. Personalized Study Plans focus students on what they still need to learn and direct students to resources that best match their learning styles (such as videos, animations, and eBook text pages). In addition, students can access an integrated digital eBook, live online tutoring, and the InfoTrac® College Edition online library. CengageNOW content can also be provided for use in other course management platforms, such as WebCT® and Blackboard®.

List Price = $136.00  | CengageBrain Price = $136.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $136.00

The Brooks/Cole Biology Video Library with Workbook (featuring BBC Motion Gallery Video clips)  (ISBN-10: 1439047677 | ISBN-13: 9781439047675)

Looking for an engaging way to launch your lectures? The Brooks/Cole series features short high-interest segments: Pesticides: Will More Restrictions Help or Hinder?; A Reduction in Biodiversity; Are Biofuels as Green as They Claim?; Bone Marrow as a New Source for the Creation of Sperm; Repairing Damaged Hearts with Patients' Own Stem Cells; Genetically Modified Virus Used to Fight Cancer; Seed Banks Helping to Save Our Fragile Ecosystem; The Vanishing Honeybee's Impact on Our Food Supply.

Essential Study Skills for Science Students  (ISBN-10: 0534375952 | ISBN-13: 9780534375959)

This practical book provides tips for developing better study habits, sharpening memory, getting more out of lectures, preparing for tests, writing great term papers, and more.

List Price = $2.95  | CengageBrain Price = $2.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $2.25

Photo Atlas for Biology  (ISBN-10: 0534235565 | ISBN-13: 9780534235567)

With more than 600 full-color photos and micrographs, this full-color atlas helps students grasp the material in their biology, botany, and zoology lab sections--and recall later what they saw. By covering up the labels associated with the photos, students can also use the atlas effectively as they study and review for exams.

List Price = $84.95  | CengageBrain Price = $84.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $63.75

Telecourse Student Guide for Cycles of Life: Exploring Biology  (ISBN-10: 084004822X | ISBN-13: 9780840048226)

List Price = $127.95  | CengageBrain Price = $127.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $96.00

Aplia  (ISBN-10: 0840050453 | ISBN-13: 9780840050458)

Aplia Biology, an online learning solution, uses immediate, detailed student feedback to encourage students to read the text, stay engaged with course material, and master biology basics. Aplia's automatically graded assignments will free up your time, allowing you to teach more and grade less. Written by biology instructors, the diverse question types include data analysis, drawing global themes, nature of research, real world connections, and more. The linked ebook provides students with the help they need to stay on top of the material throughout the semester. Need help? Talk to a real person in our industry-leading support team to set up your course and answer any questions you may have. More than 4,300 instructors have used Aplia to teach more than a million students at more than 1,300 institutions worldwide. Join the phenomenon!

List Price = $136.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $102.00

Student Supplements

Premium Interactive eBook  (ISBN-10: 084004786X | ISBN-13: 9780840047861)

This complete online version of the text is integrated with multimedia resources and special study features, providing the motivation that so many students need to study and the interactivity they need to learn. New to this edition are pop-up tutors, which help explain key topics with short video explanations.

List Price = $208.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $157.00

WebTutor™ on Blackboard® with eBook on Gateway, 2 terms (12 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 111147463X | ISBN-13: 9781111474638)

Succeed in your biology course with this anytime, anywhere customized learning solution that reinforces and clarifies complex concepts, provides online quizzes with instant feedback and other online learning tools, and keeps you connected to your textbook, instructor, and classmates.

List Price = $234.00  | CengageBrain Price = $234.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $234.00

WebTutor™ on WebCT™ with eBook on Gateway, 2 terms (12 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1111474656 | ISBN-13: 9781111474652)

Succeed in your biology course with this anytime, anywhere customized learning solution that reinforces and clarifies complex concepts, provides online quizzes with instant feedback and other online learning tools, and keeps you connected to your textbook, instructor, and classmates.

List Price = $234.00  | CengageBrain Price = $234.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $234.00

CengageNOW with Premium eBook, Personal Tutor, InfoTrac® Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 0840048483 | ISBN-13: 9780840048486)

Save time, learn more, and succeed in the course with CengageNOW™, an online set of resources (including an integrated eBook and Personalized Study Plans) that give you the choices and tools you need to study smarter and get the grade. For instance, you'll have access to hundreds of animations that clarify the illustrations in the text. You can also access live online tutoring from an experienced biology instructor. New to this edition are pop-up tutors, which help explain key topics with short video explanations. Get started today!

List Price = $136.00  | CengageBrain Price = $136.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $136.00

Aplia™, 1 term Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1285196120 | ISBN-13: 9781285196121)

Succeed in your course with Aplia's interactive learning system--featuring practice problems with immediate feedback and tools developed specifically for CENGAGE ADVANTAGE BOOKS: BIOLOGY: A HUMAN EMPHASIS, 8th Edition. Aplia has already helped more than a million students succeed in college classes.

List Price = $136.00  | CengageBrain Price = $136.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $136.00

Essential Study Skills for Science Students  (ISBN-10: 0534375952 | ISBN-13: 9780534375959)

Improve your memory, learn faster, get more out of lectures, do better on science tests, write great science term papers, and improve your study habits with this practical science study skills book. Also available in audiobook format.

List Price = $2.95  | CengageBrain Price = $2.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $2.25

Photo Atlas for Biology  (ISBN-10: 0534235565 | ISBN-13: 9780534235567)

Use this atlas of more than 600 full-color photos and micrographs in your biology lab sections--and recall later what you saw. Cover up the photo labels for an effective study and review tool.

List Price = $84.95  | CengageBrain Price = $84.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $63.75

Telecourse Student Guide for Cycles of Life: Exploring Biology  (ISBN-10: 084004822X | ISBN-13: 9780840048226)

List Price = $127.95  | CengageBrain Price = $127.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $96.00

Aplia  (ISBN-10: 0840050453 | ISBN-13: 9780840050458)

Concentrate. Practice. Comprehend. Aplia Biology is an interactive online learning solution, designed to help you stay interested in the course material and master biology basics. Work at your own pace, receiving instant, detailed, book-specific feedback to ensure that you're never lost. Keep up with Aplia's frequent assignments and you'll continue to master concept after concept. More than a million students have succeeded with Aplia. Become one of them!

List Price = $136.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $102.00

Meet the Author

Author Bio

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.

Lisa Starr

Lisa Starr earned her B.A. in Chemistry/Biochemistry from the University of California at San Diego Revelle College in 1982. Over the next five years, she became expert in molecular and cell biology as she helped build a veterinary virology research program at the startup biotech firm Syntro (which was later spun off into Protein Polymer Technologies). During this time, Lisa invented the cDNA cloning kit and the mRNA isolation kit that launched Invitrogen (now part of Life Technologies). She left Syntro to launch a molecular biology division for a veterinary vaccine company (Synbiotics, later acquired by Pfizer Animal Health), and then spent seven years at The Scripps Research Institute investigating integrin isoform expression in development and cancer metastasis and training postdoctoral candidates. She was recruited to start up the biotech firm Ixsys/Applied Molecular Evolution (later acquired by Lilly) and to establish proof-of-concept for combinatorial library construction as well as antibody randomization/humanization at the fledgling firm. Prior to joining the Starr franchise, she was recruited to start up Desmos, another biotech firm, that was later spun off into Cythera/Novocell/ViaCyte. Since 1997, Lisa has been responsible for the incredible art in the Starr biology textbooks, and began authoring the books in 2004.