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Biology for the Informed Citizen

Donna M. Bozzone and Douglas S. Green

Publication Date - January 2014

ISBN: 9780195381986

448 pages
8-1/2 x 11 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $189.99

Cases. Concepts. Consequences. This is Biology for the Informed Citizen.


With Biology for the Informed Citizen, students connect the concepts of biology to the consequences of biology. Authors Donna M. Bozzone and Douglas S. Green teach the concepts of biology, evolution, and the process of science so that students can apply their knowledge as informed consumers and users of scientific information.

Cases: An engaging biological issue opens every chapter and is revisited throughout

Concepts: Foundational biological ideas are introduced within the context of important cultural and social issues

Consequences: The concepts and consequences of biology are connected in order to help students make informed decisions about biological issues

Biology for the Informed Citizen is available with or without chapters 11-15 on physiology. Both versions allow instructors to cover the chapters and topics in the order that they choose.


  • A rich case study opens each chapter, highlighting an issue or challenge with biological significance and focusing on the consequences of biology
  • The process of science is demonstrated throughout the text in two types of short, high-interest essays: "Scientist Spotlight" and "How Do We Know?"
  • Real-World application essays, "Life Applications" and "Technology Connections," help students learn and reinforce biological concepts
  • Every chapter in Biology for the Informed Citizen includes carefully crafted pedagogical tools

About the Author(s)

Donna M. Bozzone is Professor of Biology at Saint Michael's College.

The late Douglas S. Green was Professor of Biology at Saint Michael's College.

Table of Contents

    Unit 1. The Scientific Study of Life

    Chapter 1. The Nature of Biology and Evolution
    Why Does Biology Matter to You?

    Chapter 2. The Nature of Science
    How Do We Know How the World Works?

    Unit 2: Reproduction, Inheritance, and Evolution

    Chapter 3. Human Development
    How Do Cells Make a Person?

    Chapter 4. Inheritance, Genes, and Characteristics
    Does Disease Have a Genetic Basis?

    Chapter 5. Cancer
    How Can It Be Prevented, Diagnosed, and Treated?

    Chapter 6. Reproduction
    What "Kind" of Baby Is It?

    Chapter 7. Plants, Agriculture, and Genetic Engineering
    Can We Create Better Plants and Animals?

    Chapter 8. Health Care and the Human Genome
    How Will We Use Our New Medical and Genetic Skills?

    Chapter 9. Evolution
    How Do Species Arise and Adapt?

    Chapter 10. The Evolution of Disease
    Why Do We Get Sick?

    Unit 3: Interacting with Nature

    Chapter 11. Ecology
    How Do We Benefit from a Functional Ecosystem?

    Chapter 12. Biodiversity and Human Affairs
    How Is the Human Race Like a Meteorite?

    Chapter 13. Human Population Growth
    How Many People Can a Single Planet Hold?

    Chapter 14. Infectious Disease and the Immune System
    How Are Invaders Repelled, Evaded, or Killed?

    Chapter 15. Nutrition, Activity, and Wellness
    How Can We Live a Healthy Lifestyle?

    Chapter 16. Ecology
    How Do We Benefit from a Functional Ecosystem?

    Chapter 17. Biodiversity and Human Affairs
    How Is the Human Race Like a Meteorite?

    Chapter 18. Human Population Growth
    How Many People Can a Single Planet Hold?

Teaching Resources


Online at http://oxfordpresents.com/bozzone/, the Oxford Presents site features case studies, additional information about the book, and commentary from class testers on their experience using the text. It also contains information about getting involved with the development of Biology for the Informed Citizen. 

For Instructors:

  • Instructor’s Resource CD: without Physiology (9780199362073), with Physiology (9780199958085)
    This resource puts all of your teaching tools in one place. This CD includes the Instructor’s Resource Manual, the Test Item File and Computerized Test Bank, and the Text Image Library.
    • Text Image Library: All text images are available in PowerPoint and jpeg formats. Instructors who adopt the text gain access to every illustration, photo, figure caption, and table from the text in high-resolution electronic format, and some multi-part figures are optimized by being broken down into their constituent parts for clear projection in large lecture halls. The image library includes:
      • Art slides in PowerPoint and jpeg formats with figures exactly as they appear in the text.
      • Unlabeled art slides in which text labels are turned off.
      • Lecture Notes Slides with outlines for each chapter can be edited and make preparing lectures faster and easier than ever.
    • Test Item File: Written by Sharon Gillman (also author of the Study Guide), the test item file includes over 1200 multiple-choice, true/false, and short-answer questions in editable Microsoft Word format. Questions are organized by chapter section number and learning objectives and each item is identified according to Bloom’s taxonomic categories of knowledge, comprehension, or application.
    • Computerized Test Bank: Using the test authoring and management tool Diploma, the computerized test bank that accompanies this text is designed for both novice and advanced users.
  • Dashboard Online Homework System: (ISBNs to come) Designed to be simple, intuitive, and mobile, Oxford’s nationally-hosted online course system includes a variety of interactive materials for study, review, and assessment. Over 1800 questions written by Everett Weber (Murray State University) cover the range of Bloom’s taxonomic learning categories with automatic assessment and gradebook functionality. This is the perfect and affordable resource to get students reading before they come to lecture, and offers instructors immediate diagnostic feedback so they can focus their teaching on what is most critical at that exact moment in time.
  • Companion Website: (www.oup.com/us/bozzone) In addition to the Online Homework system described above, qualified adopters of Biology for the Informed Citizen can access the following teaching tools for immediate download at the companion website.
    • Instructor’s Resource Manual: This collection of materials is designed to help instructors build and implement a course around Biology for the Informed Citizen. The manual includes several kinds of supplemental instructional aids ranging from a list of chapter learning outcomes, to full chapter outlines and summaries, to question prompts for in-class discussions and activities. At the heart of the manual is a curated and annotated guide to high-quality and freely available animations, movie clips, videotaped lectures, podcasts, and presentations of core concepts covered in the text, all vetted and collected in one place for convenient access. The Video and Animation Guide for each chapter includes a web link to a customized YouTube playlist that includes several relevant videos that highlight, illustrate, and expand upon the concepts covered in the text.

For Students:

  • Study Guide: without Physiology (9780199958078), with Physiology (9780199958016) Authored by Sharon Gillman (Coastal Carolina University), who is also the author of the test item file (see below for more info), the Study Guide provides students with brief summaries and step-by-step analyses of each chapter, additional review questions, and thoughtful advice and study tips.

Alternate Formats             

  • CourseSmart eBook:  (9780199361229) Bozzone, Biology for the Informed Citizen (without physiology) ebook, $49.95.  Visit www.CourseSmart.com and search by ISBN.
  • CourseSmart eBook:  (9780199361212) Bozzone, Biology for the Informed Citizen (with Physiology) ebook, $57.95. Visit www.CourseSmart.com and search by ISBN.

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