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Here is a valuable one-semester course text for non-science majors that delivers! It is concise, focused on material that will enable students to make intelligent choices about the future of the earth, and written in a style that will enable students to make connections to their own lives.

Students want to know how science relates to their lives, how the biosphere works, what is wrong with it, and what they can do to make a difference. Now there is a new text that provides the information students need and gives real-life examples that make the learning process more interesting and relevant.

THREE MAIN DIVISIONS OF TEXT
1. What science is and what students need to know about it
2. The biosphere, how it works, and its current problems
3. What students can do about the problems

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dr. Sharon La Bonde Hanks teaches biology at William Paterson College in New Jersey. She holds a Ph.D. from Rutgers University. Her 33 years in teaching have concentrated on biology and environmental science, with research focused on ecology, taxonomy and systematic palynology. She has a special interest in writing about the discipline, assessment and race/gender issues in science. Hanks is the author of a major text on how to teach biology using the process approach. In addition, she runs workshops and is a consultant, an expert perennial gardener and naturalized landscaper, and an avid student of Tai Chi. She is most proud of her memberships in the New Jersey Audubon Weis Ecology Center, Habitat for Humanity, and the Nature Conservancy.

Table of Contents

PART 1
SCIENCE
What Is Science?
Who Does Science and Why? What Is a Scientist?
What Do Scientists Do? How Do They Do It?
How Do Scientists Analyze Data?
What Are the Kinds of Science?
What You Need to Know
Assignments for Part 1: Science
Suggested Readings for Part 1: Science

LIFE
What Is Life?
Where Did Life Come From?
How Does Life Change?
Assignments for Part 1: Life
Suggested Readings for Part 1: Life

PART 2
BIOSPHERE
What Is It?
How Do We Study It?
Assignments for Part 2: Biosphere
Suggested Readings for Part 2: Biosphere

ECOSYSTEM
What Is It?
Biotic Component
General Categories of Organisms
How Do We Figure Out How It Works?
Population Dynamics
The Effects of Overpopulation
The Effects of Population Control Efforts
The Effects of Introduced Species
Assignments for Part 2: Ecosystem: Biotic Component
Suggested Readings for Part 2: Ecosystem Abiotic Component
o Limiting Factors o Energy o The Food Chain
o Soil o Nutrients (biogeochemical cycles)
o Carbon Cycle o Water Cycle o Nitrogen Cycle
o Phosphorous Cycle o Sulfur Cycle
o Oxygen Cycle o Toxic Material o Recycling
Assignments for Part 2: Ecosystem: Abiotic Component
Suggested Readings for Part 2: Ecosystem: Abiotic Component
How Does the Ecosystem Change?
Assignments for Part 2: Ecosystem: How Does the Ecosystem Change?

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