Laboratory Investigations Lab Book

Fourth Edition, © 2016
ISBN 978-1-885380-02-9
477 Pages
22 Chapters

This is the newest version of our most popular general biology lab book. Labs cover the traditional breadth of topics plus several applied and popular human focused labs. And more introduction, discussion, and application of concepts has been added to this new edition.

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  • These labs have been used and improved by more than 200,000 students at 100 colleges.
  • Every exercise in every lab has been classroom tested. The experiments work.
  • The labs simplify difficult scientific concepts without oversimplifying the text. It makes learning biology fun.
  • The approach of these labs is “step by step” which fosters self-directed lab groups. It is a joy for teachers and students.


  • Measurement
  • Experimentation
  • The Microscope
  • Cells
  • Chemistry of Water
  • Enzymes
  • Photosynthesis
  • Cell Respiration and Metabolic Rate
  • Mitosis & Meiosis (Sameness & Variety)
  • Genes and Protein Synthesis
  • Genetics
  • Biotechnology
  • Microbes
  • Mosses and Ferns
  • Dry Land Plants
  • Survey of Animals
  • Diet Analysis
  • The Heart
  • Senses and Perception
  • Human Evolution
  • Embryology
  • Biology and the Mind

Supplements Included with Lab Books

Instructor Guide—The answer book. Our guide orients new teachers to your program. It is the ideal aid for tutors.


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