Essentials of Biology (5th edition) is the latest edition of the best selling introductory biology etextbook for non-major students that can be used in a two – or one-semester course. It was prepared to provide non-science majors with a fundamental understanding of the science of biology. The overall focus of this latest edition addresses the learning styles of modern college students, and in the process, increases their understanding of the importance of science in their lives. It was prepared to engage today’s college students in the science of biology by providing a fundamental understanding of life. Digital resources and Connections boxes encourage the student to integrate scientific concepts into their lives. Essentials of Biology is fully integrated into McGraw-Hill’s adaptive learning and Connect platforms and is associated with many online assets that allow instructors to use this text as a content foundation for online, traditional, hybrid and” flipped” classrooms.
About the Author(s)
As an instructor, Dr. Michael Windelspecht has taught human genetics, introductory biology, and genetics in the traditional, online, and hybrid environments at community colleges, military institutions, and comprehensive universities. For over a decade Dr. Windelspecht served as the Introductory Biology Coordinator at Appalachian State University where he directed a program that enrolled over 4,500 college students annually. Dr. Windelspecht currently serves as an adjunct professor of biology at ASU where he teaches non-majors biology and human genetics in the online and hybrid formats. He got his education from Michigan State University and the University of South Florida. He is also active in promoting the scientific literacy of secondary school educators. He has led multiple workshops on integrating water quality research into the science curriculum, and has spent several summers teaching middle school teachers from Pakistan. As an author, Michael Windelspecht has published 5 reference textbooks, and multiple online and print lab manuals. He served as the series editor for a 10-volume work on the human body. For years he has been active in the development of multimedia resources for the online and hybrid science classrooms. Along with his wife, Sandra, he owns a multimedia production company, Ricochet Creative Productions, which actively develops and assesses new technologies for the science classroom.
Sylvia S. Mader has authored several nationally recognized biology texts published by McGraw Hill. Educated at Harvard University, Bryn Mawr College, Tufts University, and Nova Southeastern University, she holds degrees in both Education and Biology. Over the years she has taught at University of Massachusetts, Lowell; Suffolk University; Massachusetts Bay Community College; and Nathan Mayhew Seminars. Dr. Mader’s ability to reach out to science-shy students led to the writing of her first textbook, Inquiry into Life, that is now in its 13th edition. Highly acclaimed for her crisp and entertaining writing style, Dr. Mader’s books have become models for others who write in the field of biology. Although her writing schedule is always quite demanding, she enjoys taking time to explore and visit the various ecosystems of the biosphere. Her several trips to the Caribbean coral reefs and Florida Everglades resulted in talks she has given to different groups around the country. She has visited the tundra in Alaska, the Sonoran Desert in Arizona, the taiga in the Canadian Rockies, and tropical rain forests in Australia and South America. A photo safari to the Serengeti in Kenya resulted in a number of photographs for her texts. She was also a member of a group of biology educators who traveled to China to meet with their Chinese counterparts and exchange ideas about the teaching of modern-day biology. She was thrilled to think of walking in Darwin’s steps when she journeyed to the Galápagos Islands with a group of biology educators.