Biology: A Global Approach, Global Edition + Modified Mastering Biology with Pearson eText

Neil A. Campbell / Lisa A Urry / Michael L. Cain / Steven A. Wasserman / Peter V. Minorsky / Jane B. Reece  
August 2020
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This title is a Pearson Global Edition. The Editorial team at Pearson has worked closely with educators around the world to include content which is especially relevant to students outside the United States.

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Biology: A Global Approach delivers a trusted, accurate, current, and pedagogically innovative experience that guides students to a true understanding of biology. The author team advances Neil Campbell’s vision of meeting and equipping students at their individual skill levels by developing tools, visuals, resources, and activities that encourage participation and engage students in their learning. Known for strategically integrating text and artwork, this trusted course solution works hand in hand with Mastering Biology to reinforce key concepts, build scientific skills, and promote active learning. The 12th Edition meets demonstrated student needs with new student-centered features, expanded interactivity in the eText, and fully revised assessment program.

Mastering Biology is not included. Students, if Mastering Biology is a recommended/mandatory component of the course, please ask your instructor for the correct ISBN. Mastering Biology should only be purchased when required by an instructor. Instructors, contact your Pearson representative for more information.

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Help your students organise an ever-expanding amount of information.

  • Each chapter includes the Evolution section, focusing on the evolutionary aspects of the content material, ending with an Evolution Connection Question and a Write About a Theme Question.
  • The chapters are organised around Key Concepts, reinforced by a plethora of resources.
Offer your students a deeper understanding of Biology and the process of science.
  • The book offers integration of text and figures for your students' better understanding of the concepts.
  • The core competencies are outlined according to the Vision and Change National Conferences organised by the AAAS.
  • Students are often encouraged to think about what they are reading and draw sketches or annotate figures to support their understanding.

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Table of Contents

  1. Biology and Its Themes


  1. Atoms and Molecules
  2. The Chemistry of Water
  3. Carbon: The Basis of Molecular Diversity
  4. Biological Macromolecules and Lipids
  5. Energy and Life

Unit 2 Cell Biology

  1. Cell Structure and Function
  2. Cell Membranes
  3. Cellular Signaling
  4. Cell Respiration
  5. Photosynthetic Processes
  6. Mitosis


  1. Sexual Life Cycles and Meiosis
  2. Mendelian Genetics
  3. Linkage and Chromosomes
  4. Nucleic Acids and Inheritance
  5. Expression of Genes
  6. Control of Gene Expression
  7. DNA Technology
  8. The Evolution of Genomes

Unit 4 Evolution

  1. How Evolution Works
  2. Phylogenetic Reconstruction
  3. Microevolution
  4. Species and Speciation
  5. Macroevolution


  1. Introduction to Viruses
  2. Prokaryotes
  3. The Origin and Evolution of Eukaryotes
  4. Nonvascular and Seedless Vascular Plants
  5. Seed Plants
  6. Introduction to Fungi
  7. An Introduction to Animal Diversity
  8. Invertebrates
  9. Vertebrates


  1. Plant Structure and Growth
  2. Transport in Vascular Plants
  3. Plant Nutrition
  4. Reproduction of Flowering Plants
  5. Plant Signals and Behavior


  1. The Animal Body
  2. Chemical Signals in Animals
  3. Animal Digestive Systems
  4. Animal Transport Systems
  5. Animal Excretory Systems
  6. Animal Reproductive Systems
  7. Development in Animals
  8. Animal Defenses Against Infection
  9. Electrical Signals in Animals
  10. Neural Regulation in Animals
  11. Sensation and Movement in Animals


  1. An Overview of Ecology
  2. Behavioral Ecology
  3. Populations and Life History Traits
  4. Biodiversity and Communities
  5. Energy Flow and Chemical Cycling in Ecosystems
  6. Conservation and Global Ecology

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About our authors

Neil A. Campbell (1946–2004) earned his M.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles, and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Riverside. His research focused on desert and coastal plants. Neil's 30 years of teaching included introductory biology courses at Cornell University, Pomona College, and San Bernardino Valley College, where he received the college's first Outstanding Professor Award in 1986. For many years he was also a visiting scholar at UC Riverside. Neil was the founding author of Biology: A Global Approach.

Lisa A. Urry is Professor of Biology and Co-Chair of the Biology Department at Mills College at Northeastern University in Oakland, California. After earning a B.A. at Tufts University, she completed her Ph.D. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Lisa has conducted research on gene expression during embryonic and larval development in sea urchins. Deeply committed to promoting opportunities in science for women and underrepresented minorities, she has taught courses ranging from introductory and developmental biology to an immersive course on the U.S./Mexico border.

Michael L. Cain is an ecologist and evolutionary biologist who is now writing full-time. Michael earned an A.B. from Bowdoin College, an M.Sc. from Brown University, and a Ph.D. from Cornell University. As a faculty member at New Mexico State University, he taught introductory biology, ecology, evolution, botany, and conservation biology. Michael is the author of dozens of scientific papers on topics that include foraging behavior in insects and plants, long-distance seed dispersal, and speciation in crickets. He is also a coauthor of an ecology textbook.

Steven A. Wasserman is Professor of Biology at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He earned an A.B. from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from MIT. Working on the fruit fly Drosophila, Steve has done research on developmental biology, reproduction, and immunity. Having taught genetics, development, and physiology to undergraduate, graduate, and medical students, he now focuses on introductory biology, for which he has been honored with UCSD's Distinguished Teaching Award.

Peter V. Minorsky is Professor of Biology at Mercy College in New York, where he teaches introductory biology, ecology, and botany. He received his A.B. from Vassar College and his Ph.D. from Cornell University. Peter taught at Kenyon College, Union College, Western Connecticut State University, and Vassar College; he is also the science writer for the journal Plant Physiology. His research interests concern how plants sense environmental change. Peter received the 2008 Award for Teaching Excellence at Mercy College.

Rebecca B. Orr is Professor of Biology at Collin College in Plano, Texas, where she teaches introductory biology. She earned her B.S. from Texas A&M University and her Ph.D. from University of Texas Southwestern Medical Centre at Dallas. Rebecca has a passion for investigating strategies that result in more effective learning and retention, and she is a certified Team-Based Learning Collaborative Trainer Consultant. She enjoys focusing on the creation of learning opportunities that both engage and challenge students.

Kerry L. Hull is the Dean of Science and a Professor in the Department of Biology and Biochemistry at Bishop's University in Quebec, Canada. She holds a B.Sc. in Biology and a Ph.D. in Physiology (Endocrinology), both from the University of Alberta (Canada). She teaches Physiology and Anatomy courses to undergraduates, using guided inquiry and case studies as her primary teaching approaches. A comparative endocrinologist by training, her current research focuses on the development and implementation of active learning strategies in Anatomy and Physiology courses.