Required and Optional Texts
The following texts and materials are required for the 2018-2019 course year:
Please note: While edition 9 was be published in spring 2017, we have elected to use edition 8 for the 2018-2019 academic term, since this edition has been out for several years and is available in multiple less expensive formats. The above ISBN number is for the full hardcover text; alternate forms of the text (eBook, loose-leaf) listed on the order page at Pearson are acceptable as long as the correct edition is used. Due to cost restrictions for most families, MasteringBiology access will not be required for this course. If you do elect to purchase access, please let me know.
There is no Study Guide for the 8th edition, as the publisher is moving all support materials online.
This text is also available from VitalSource at Biology: Concepts and Connections, 8/E.
A 180-day rental is about $45.
Note that eBook downloads can be tricky and access to the internet may be required for refreshes should you lose your files for any reason. It is also often frustrating to have to page back and forth to look up data in the appendices when doing homework exercises. Also, you don't get permanent access to the text unless you pay a substantially higher price. However, if you anticipate traveling or situations where you must study away from home, eBook versions on your laptop or tablet are far more portable than heavy textbooks.
Individual lab PDF instructions will also be available from the Biology Moodle.
Campbell Biology: Concepts and Connections Student Study Guide 7/E
Pearson/Benjamin Cummings, Publishers
This workbook includes summaries of the material, multiple choice and open essay questions, and diagrams which you can label. This version of the guide is aligned to the 7th edition of the text, so there will be some mismatches in material covered and organization, but some students still find the variety of exercises useful in cementing vocabulary and basic concepts. (I will be adapting some questions for homework, but the material will be available in the Moodle).
Robert B Thompson has assembled several versions of the equipment and materials required to perform most of the experiments in his Illustrated Guide to Home Biology lab manual. The basic version (BK01A) contains most of the materials required to complete labs in this course for AP credit. Students wishing to complete only the twelve labs for honors credit may find it less expensive to buy only what they need for their selected labs; even so, the kit is remarkably complete and much more convenient than seeking out individual chemicals each week. Note May 2018: As of March, this company is under new management by Ben Siciliano. All kits are in stock and available for purchase.
You may order all texts through the Scholars Online Bookstore.
© 2005 - 2018 This course is offered through Scholars Online, a non-profit organization supporting classical Christian education through online courses. Permission to copy course content (lessons and labs) for personal study is granted to students currently or formerly enrolled in the course through Scholars Online. Reproduction for any other purpose, without the express written consent of the author, is prohibited.