Explorations in Basic Biology is a self-contained laboratory manual designed for one- or two-semester introductory biology courses for non-biology and mixed biology majors. The exercises are appropriate for three-hour laboratory sessions, but are also adaptable to a two-hour laboratory format.
Ideal for students with little hands-on science laboratory experience, this student-friendly text provides clear background information and directions for conducting laboratory activities. Students not only learn basic biological information but also gain experience practicing laboratory techniques.
The Twelfth Edition has been updated with new content, including several new or modified figures and procedures that have been clarified wherever necessary to facilitate student learning, a new Appendix, and guidelines for writing a scientific paper. Several exercises also feature significant improvements.
After earning his Ph.D. in Biology at the University of Southern California, Stanley Gunstream became the Co-Principal Investigator for USC's Mosquito Research Project. Stan is now retired after 34 years with Pasadena City College, where he began as an Associate Professor of Life Sciences and progressed to the Chair of Life Sciences/Allied Health, Administrative Dean for Instruction, and Vice President for Instruction. Stan has also served part-time as a lecturer in Ecology and Entomology at Pasadena College and CSU-Los Angeles. He is a member of the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society (HAPS) as well as the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT). Stan is the author and co-author of seven anatomy & physiology and biology laboratory manuals, and one anatomy & physiology textbook.
Part I: Fundamentals Exercise 1: Orientation Exercise 2: The Microscope Part II: Cell Biology Exercise 3: The Cell Exercise 4: Chemical Aspects Exercise 5: Diffusion and Osmosis Exercise 6: Enzymes Exercise 7: Photosynthesis Exercise 8: Cellular Respiration and Fermentation Exercise 9: Cell Division Part III: Diversity of Organisms Exercise 10: Prokaryotes and Protists Exercise 11: Green, Brown and Red Algae Exercise 12: Fungi Exercise 13: Terrestrial Plants Exercise 14: Simple Animals Exercise 15: Mollusks, Segmented Worms and Arthropods Exercise 16: Echinoderms and Chordates Part IV: Animal Biology Exercise 17: Dissection of the Frog Exercise 18: Dissection of the Fetal Pig Exercise 19: Blood and Circulation Exercise 20: Gas Exchange Exercise 21: Digestion Exercise 22: Excretion Exercise 23: Neural Control Exercise 24: Sensory Perception in Humans Exercise 25: Chemical Control in Animals Exercise 26: The Skeletal System Exercise 27: Muscles and Movement Exercise 28: Reproduction in Vertebrates Exercise 29: Fertilization and Development Exercise 30: Early Embryology of the Chick Exercise 31: Structure of Flowering Plants Exercise 32: Transport in Plants Exercise 33: Chemical Control in Plants Exercise 34: Heredity Exercise 35: Molecular and Chromosomal Genetics Exercise 36: DNA Fingerprinting Exercise 37: Evolution Exercise 38: Evolutionary Mechanisms Exercise 39: Ecological Relationships Exercise 40: Population Growth Exercise 41: Animal Behavior Appendix A. Common Prefixes, Suffixes, and Root Words Appendix B. Common Metric Units and Temperature Conversions Appendix C. Oil-Immersion Technique