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For non-majors/mixed biology courses.


An Inquiry Approach that engages readers in critical thinking through the use of relatable case studies and more.

With a proven and effective tradition of engaging readers with real-world applications, high-interest case studies, and inquiry-based pedagogy, Biology: Life on Earth fosters a lifetime of discovery and scientific understanding. Maintaining the conversational, question-and-answer presentation style that has made the text a best-seller, the 11th Edition continues to incorporate true and relevant Case Studies throughout each chapter, along with new, more extensive guidance for developing critical thinking skills and scientific literacy.  


For coverage of plant and animal anatomy & physiology, an alternate edition, Biology: Life on Earth with Physiology, 11th Edition, is also available.

Also available as a Pearson eText or packaged with Mastering Biology

Pearson eText is a simple-to-use, mobile-optimized, personalized reading experience that can be adopted on its own as the main course material. It allows students to highlight, take notes, and review key vocabulary all in one place, even when offline. Seamlessly integrated videos and other rich media engage students and give them access to the help they need, when they need it. Educators can easily schedule readings and share their own notes with students so they see the connection between their eText and what they learn in class — motivating them to keep reading, and keep learning.

If your instructor has assigned Pearson eText as your main course material, search for:

0135214335 / 9780135214336 Pearson eText Biology: Life on Earth -- Access Card


0135214009 / 9780135214008 Pearson eText Biology: Life on Earth -- Instant Access

Mastering Biology™ is an online homework, tutorial, and assessment product proven to improve results by helping readers quickly master concepts. Readers benefit from self-paced tutorials that feature personalized wrong-answer feedback and hints that emulate the office-hour experience and help keep students on track. With a wide range of interactive, engaging, and assignable activities, readers are encouraged to actively learn and retain tough course concepts.


If you would like to purchase both the physical text and Mastering Biology, search for:


013415374X / 9780134153742  Biology: Life on Earth Plus MasteringBiology with eText -- Access Card Package, 11/e

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0134254732 / 9780134254739  Mastering Biology with Pearson eText -- ValuePack Access Card -- for Biology: Life on Earth with Physiology 0134168291 / 9780134168296  Biology: Life on Earth with Physiology NOTE: You are purchasing a standalone book; Pearson eText and Mastering Biology do not come packaged with this content. Students, ask your instructor for the correct package ISBN and Course ID. Instructors, contact your Pearson rep for more information.

3 comments on “Biology: Life on Earth (11th Edition)”

  1. Basic Biology made Advanced I was skeptical about reading other reviews on this book saying it was "bad" and didn't make any sense, but I'm going to agree with them on this one. My class for college required that I purchase this book and so I have no other choice to read this book. I'm reading the first chapter and I don't understand how on earth (no pun intended) they made basic biology so confusing. I've taken biology before so this isn't particularly new to me but this book makes it seems so confusing and...

  2. Good for the visual learner. I bought this textbook for my biology class (yay, gen eds!) and I was expecting it to be boring. It was. But at least it wasn't as miserable or confusing as many other textbooks I had the misfortune of reading.As far as textbooks go, this one is great. It's about average page length and chapter length. The pages are fairly sturdy and don't wrinkle as easily as a normal book's pages do. It has a nice, clean layout with lots of graphs and charts to help the visual learner. The...

  3. This makes Biology interesting As an undergraduate, I dreaded taking Biology. Science was never my strong suit and frankly, it bored me. Using this textbook, I took an introductory Bio class (with lab) over the summer. I did well and I actually retained the information. This book is set up in such a way that it incorporates real world incidents (blood doping, plagues, scientific discoveries) into the material to make it RELEVANT. I always questioned why I should even bother with science or math when I would never use it out...

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