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Laboratory Manual for Non-Majors Biology, 6th Edition

  • James W. Perry
  • David Morton
  • Joy B. Perry
  • ISBN-10: 0840053800
  • ISBN-13: 9780840053800
  • 752 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2007, 2002, 1995
  • COPYRIGHT: 2013 Published
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About the Product

One of the best ways for your students to succeed in their biology course is through hands-on lab experience. With its 46 lab exercises and hundreds of color photos and illustrations, the LABORATORY MANUAL FOR NON-MAJORS BIOLOGY, Sixth Edition, is your students' guide to a better understanding of biology. Most exercises can be completed within two hours, and answers to the exercises are included in the Instructor's Manual. The perfect companion to Starr and Taggart's BIOLOGY: THE UNITY AND DIVERSITY OF LIFE, as well as Starr's BIOLOGY: CONCEPTS AND APPLICATIONS, and BIOLOGY TODAY AND TOMORROW, this lab manual can also be used with any introductory biology text.


  • A modular structure. Each section of an exercise is self-contained with its own procedure and materials list. Plus, instructors can match assignments to their own lab preferences.

  • The art program brings illustrations to the same high level as the Starr texts.

  • An emphasis on hypothesis testing, with investigative (experimental) options, helps students learn and use the scientific process.

  • Refined, concise introductions to exercises and streamlined procedures clarify the presentation, making the material more accessible and increasing student comprehension.

  • Pre-lab questions prepare the students for the exercise, while the post-lab questions focus on what was learned directly from the exercise.

  • This is a great lab manual to customize! The flexible structure and variety of labs allows instructors to pick and choose which labs they will use and to create the most effective and efficient lab manual possible.

  • The approximate time each section should take is listed in the Instructor's Manual to help instructors better prepare assignments.

About the Author

James W. Perry

Jim Perry is Campus Executive Officer and Dean Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin, Fox Valley. Prior to his retirement in 2011, he also was Professor of Biological Sciences. Dr. Perry began his university education at Fox Valley's sister campus, U.W. Marathon County in Wausau, WI. He received his B.S. (Zoology and Secondary Education), M.S. (Botany and Zoology), and Ph.D. (Botany and Plant Pathology) from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His Ph.D. thesis was an ultrastructural study of the infection process and disease progression of a major fungal disease of potatoes. From 1983 to 1993, he was a faculty member at Frostburg State University. Dr. Perry and his spouse Joy reside in rural Winnebago County, WI, and spend as much time as possible at their cabin in far northern Wisconsin, seven miles south of Lake Superior. He is an avid outdoors person, vintage car owner, and owns, wrenches, and drives a 1962 Volvo vintage road race car on some of the nation's finest road race circuits.

David Morton

David Morton emigrated to the United States from London, England, in his sophomore year of high school. Dr. Morton earned a B.S. degree cum laude from the State University of New York at New Paltz and his Ph.D. from Cornell University. His thesis involved iron metabolism in vampire bats, and he continued his general interest in the physiology and ecology of bats throughout his career. Before retiring in 2009, he held positions at Wright State University and Frostburg State University. He chaired FSU's biology department for 9 years. He continues to reside in the city of Frostburg, Maryland, with Beverly, his wife of 46 years. They have one son and four granddaughters.

Joy B. Perry

Joy Perry is Senior Lecturer of Biological Sciences at the University of Wisconsin, Fox Valley, Menasha, WI. Ms. Perry earned a B.S. in General Biology from Purdue University and an M.S. in Plant Pathology, with emphasis on Integrated Pest Management, from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She serves on the board of the international professional society, the Association for Biology Laboratory Education (ABLE). An avid gardener, she is active in local and statewide groups promoting community and school gardens, as well as expanded opportunities for producers and consumers of local food.

Table of Contents

To the Student.
Laboratory Supplies and Procedures.
EXERCISE 1 The Scientific Method.
EXERCISE 2 Measurement.
EXERCISE 3 Microscopy.
EXERCISE 4 Homeostasis.
EXERCISE 5 Macromolecules and You: Food and Diet Analysis.
EXERCISE 6 Structure and Function of Living Cells.
EXERCISE 7 Diffusion, Osmosis, and the Functional Significance of Biological Membranes.
EXERCISE 8 Enzymes: Catalysts of Life.
EXERCISE 9 Photosynthesis: Capture of Light Energy.
EXERCISE 10 Respiration: Energy Conversion.
EXERCISE 11 Mitosis and Cytokinesis: Nuclear and Cytoplasmic Division.
EXERCISE 12 Meiosis: Basis of Sexual Reproduction.
EXERCISE 13 Heredity.
EXERCISE 14 Nucleic Acids: Blueprints for Life.
EXERCISE 15 Genetic Engineering: Bacterial Transformation.
EXERCISE 16 Evolutionary Agents.
EXERCISE 17 Evidences of Evolution.
EXERCISE 18 Taxonomy: Classifying and Naming Organisms.
EXERCISE 19 Bacteria and Protists I.
EXERCISE 20 Protists II.
EXERCISE 21 Bryophytes—Liverworts and Mosses.
EXERCISE 22 Seedless Vascular Plants: Club Mosses and Ferns.
EXERCISE 23 Seed Plants I: Gymnosperms.
EXERCISE 24 Seed Plants II: Angiosperms.
EXERCISE 25 Fungi.
EXERCISE 26 Sponges and Cnidarians.
EXERCISE 27 Flatworms and Rotifers.
EXERCISE 28 Segmented Worms and Mollusks.
EXERCISE 29 Roundworms and Joint-Legged Animals.
EXERCISE 30 Echinoderms and Invertebrate Chordates.
EXERCISE 31 Vertebrates.
EXERCISE 32 Plant Organization: Vegetative Organs of Flowering Plants.
EXERCISE 33 Animal Organization.
EXERCISE 34 Dissection of the Fetal Pig: Introduction, External Anatomy, and the Muscular System.
EXERCISE 35 Dissection of the Fetal Pig: Digestive, Respiratory, and Circulatory Systems.
EXERCISE 36 Dissection of the Fetal Pig: Urogenital and Nervous Systems.
EXERCISE 37 Human Sensations, Reflexes, and Reactions.
EXERCISE 38 Structure and Function of the Sensory Organs.
EXERCISE 39 Human Skeletal and Muscular Systems.
EXERCISE 40 Human Blood and Circulation.
EXERCISE 41 Human Respiration.
EXERCISE 42 Reproduction and Development.
EXERCISE 43 The Natural Arsenal: An Experimental Study of the Relationships Between Plants and Animals.
EXERCISE 44 Ecology: Living Organisms in Their Environment.
EXERCISE 45 Human Impact on the Environment.
EXERCISE 46 Animal Behavior.
APPENDIX 1 Measurement Conversions.
APPENDIX 2 Genetics Problems.
APPENDIX 3 Terms of Orientation in and Around the Animal Body.
Illustration References

New to this edition

  • Exercises have been updated throughout to simplify and streamline procedures, to enhance student comprehension, to emphasize hypothesis testing and scientific thinking, and to present a stronger focus on practical applications, as the following examples demonstrate:
  • Exercise 7: Diffusion, Osmosis, and the Functional Significance of Biological Membranes includes increased emphasis on hypothesis testing; simplified procedures to reduce student frustration and time needed for experimental setup; and a focus on practical applications with a new activity illustrating consequences of cholera infection. New art accompanies the new material.
  • Exercise 8: Enzymes: Catalysts of Life has been revised so that students learn a semi-quantitative method to measure enzyme activity and then utilize the method to determine effects on enzyme activity of changing temperature, pH, and enzyme concentration. Experimental design is emphasized throughout. New art accompanies the new procedure.
  • Exercise 9: Photosynthesis: Capture of Light Energy includes a visual demonstration of carbon dioxide uptake that is simple to perform but provides a review of the overall process of photosynthesis. Students learn a simple quantitative leaf disc assay to measure photosynthesis rate and then utilize the method as they design their own experiment. Scientific thinking is emphasized. The exercise also includes thin-layer chromatography of photosynthetic pigments that students extract from a leaf themselves.
  • Exercise 10: Respiration: Energy Conversion strongly focuses on hypothesis testing and practical applications, including an activity in which changes in cellular respiration rates are measured as levels of physical performance change. Also new is an experiment in which students investigate the potential effectiveness of different plant carbohydrate sources for the production of ethanol, a link to real-world issues. New art accompanies the new activity.
  • Art and photos have also been updated throughout. This edition now contains more than 600 colorful and clearly labeled photos, diagrams, and illustrations.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

Instructor's Manual  (ISBN-10: 0840061897 | ISBN-13: 9780840061898)