Study Guide for Campbell Biology (11e) : 9780134443775

Study Guide for Campbell Biology (11e)

Urry & Cain
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Pearson Higher Ed USA
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For courses in general biology

This popular study aid supports Campbell Biology, 11th Edition and is designed to help students structure and organize their developing knowledge of biology and create their own personal understanding of the topics covered in the text. While allowing for each student’s unique approach and focusing on the enjoyment of learning, the guide also shares a list of common strategies used by successful students as revealed through educational research. The Student Study Guide helps students learn and recall information through concept maps, chapter summaries, word roots, and a variety of interactive activities including multiple-choice, short-answer essay, art labeling, and graph-interpretation questions.

Table of contents

1. Evolution, the Themes of Biology, and Scientific Inquiry


Unit One: The Chemistry of Life

2. The Chemical Context of Life

3. Water and Life

4. Carbon and the Molecular Diversity of Life

5. The Structure and Function of Large Biological Molecules


Unit Two: The Cell

6. A Tour of the Cell

7. Membrane Structure and Function

8. An Introduction to Metabolism

9. Cellular Respiration and Fermentation

10. Photosynthesis

11. Cell Communication

12. The Cell Cycle


Unit Three: Genetics

13. Meiosis and Sexual Life Cycles

14. Mendel and the Gene Idea

15. The Chromosomal Basis of Inheritance

16. The Molecular Basis of Inheritance

17. Gene Expression: From Gene to Protein

18. Regulation of Gene Expression 

19. Viruses   

20. DNA Tools and Biotechnology

21. Genomes and Their Evolution


Unit Four: Mechanisms of Evolution

22. Descent with Modification: A Darwinian View of Life

23. The Evolution of Populations

24. The Origin of Species

25. The History of Life on Earth


Unit Five: The Evolutionary History of Biological Diversity 

26. Phylogeny and the Tree of Life               

27. Bacteria and Archaea

28. Protists

29. Plant Diversity I: How Plants Colonized Land

30. Plant Diversity II: The Evolution of Seed Plants

31. Fungi

32. An Overview of Animal Diversity

33. An Introduction to Invertebrates

34. The Origin and Evolution of Vertebrates 


Unit Six: Plant Form and Function 

35. Vascular Plant Structure, Growth, and Development

36. Resource Acquisition and Transport in Vascular Plants

37. Soil and Plant Nutrition

38. Angiosperm Reproduction and Biotechnology

39. Plant Responses to Internal and External Signals 


Unit Seven: Animal Form and Function

40. Basic Principles of Animal Form and Function

41. Animal Nutrition

42. Circulation and Gas Exchange

43. The Immune System

44. Osmoregulation and Excretion

45. Hormones and the Endocrine System

46. Animal Reproduction

47. Animal Development

48. Neurons, Synapses, and Signaling

49. Nervous Systems

50. Sensory and Motor Mechanisms

51. Animal Behavior


Unit Eight: Ecology

52. An Introduction to Ecology and the Biosphere

53. Population Ecology

54. Community Ecology

55. Ecosystems and Restoration Ecology

56. Conservation Biology and Global Change

Answer Section



New to this edition

This popular study aid provides concept maps, chapter summaries, word roots, and a variety of interactive activities including multiple-choice, short-answer essay, art labeling, and graph-interpretation questions.

  • Key Concepts are included to reinforce the textbook chapter’s big ideas.
  • Framework sections helps the student form an overall picture of the material presented in each chapter while Chapter Reviews synthesize all the major biological concepts presented in Campbell BIOLOGY, Eleventh Edition.
  • Interactive Questions require the student to work with figures and problems and Word Roots help the student learn and remember key biological terms
  • Structure Your Knowledge sections ask you to link concepts by completing concept maps, filling in tables, labeling diagrams, and writing essays.
  • Test Your Knowledge sections help you prepare thoroughly for exams.
  • A complete Answer Section provides answers to all the study guide activities.

Features & benefits

  • Each study guide chapter has the following seven sections:
    • The listing of the Key Concepts from the text keeps you focused on the major themes of the chapter.
    • The Framework identifies the overall picture; it provides a conceptual framework into which the chapter’s information fits.
    • The Chapter Review is a condensation of the textbook chapter, including a brief summary for each concept heading. All the bold terms in the text are also shown in boldface in this section. Interspersed in this review section are Interactive Questions  that help you stop and actively review the material just covered.
    • The Word Roots section presents the meanings of key biological prefixes, suffixes, and word roots. Examples of terms from the chapter are then defined. Breaking a complicated term into identifiable components will help you to recognize and learn many new biological terms.
    •  The Structure Your Knowledge section directs you to organize and relate the main concepts of the chapter. It helps you to piece together the key ideas into a bigger picture.
    • In the Test Your Knowledge section, you are provided with objective questions to test your understanding. The multiple choice questions ask you to choose the best answer. Some answers may be partly correct; almost all choices have been written to test your ability to discriminate among alternatives or to point out common misconceptions.
    • Suggested answers to the Interactive Questions, the Structure Your Knowledge section, and the Test Your Knowledge questions are provided in the Answer Section at the end of the book.

  • Concept maps appear throughout the study guide and are structured hierarchically to organize a cluster of concepts. Clusters are enclosed in boxes and connected with labeled lines that explicitly state the relationships among concepts. The function of a concept map is to help you structure your understanding of  topic and create meaning. The value  of a concept map is in the thinking and organizing required to create it.


Author biography

Michael Pollock is a retired biology instructor who earned his BSc (Hon Genetics) and PhD (Zoology) at Western University (previously known as the University of Western Ontario). During more than 25 years of teaching at Mount Royal University, he developed and taught many courses including non-majors biology, vertebrate zoology, reproductive biology, evolutionary medicine and medical terminology.


Martha R. Taylor has been teaching biology for more than 35 years. She earned her B.A. in Biology from Gettysburg College and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Science Education from Cornell University. She has taught introductory biology for both majors and non-majors at Cornell for many years and was most recently a lecturer for the Learning Strategies Center. Based on her experience in working with students from high school and community college through the university level, in classrooms, laboratories and tutorials, Dr. Taylor is committed to helping students create their own knowledge of and appreciation for biology. In addition to her work on the study guide, she is a coauthor on Campbell Biology: Concepts & Connections.