Investigating Biology through Inquiry

Investigating Biology through Inquiry will help you integrate inquiry into your existing biology curriculum, whether you teach high school, AP* Biology, IB** Biology, or at the college level. It provides many possible researchable questions and sample data for your students to investigate.


Investigating Biology through Inquiry contains investigations for many fundamental concepts in biology. Each investigation includes a preliminary activity, teacher information, sample researchable questions, and sample data. Labs are correlated to AP* and IB** standards. Topics covered include:

  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Organismal Biology
  • Ecology
  • Evolution

If you are new to inquiry-based instruction, the extensive teacher sections will help guide you through the inquiry-based style of biology instruction. This book will help you integrate the recommendations of the AAAS “Vision and Change in Biology Undergraduate Education” initiative in your college course.

Included with Investigating Biology through Inquiry

  • Complete student preliminary activities with step-by-step instructions, data tables, and questions.
  • Teacher Information section for each investigation with complete directions for setting up, helpful hints, and sample graphs and data.
  • Word-processing files of the student sections on a CD so that any investigation may be easily edited to your specifications (Microsoft® Word® files).
  • CD includes both open and guided inquiry approaches to student preliminary activities.

Features listed above are only available when you purchase the lab book. The downloadable evaluation PDFs include student instructions only.

Vernier Sensors and Interfaces for Experiments

Buy a package to get the sensors and interface used for the investigations in this lab book.

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Teacher Reviews

Praise for Analysis of Enzymes using Tyrosinase from Investigating Biology through Inquiry:

“After a literature search, many wanted to investigate the action of tyrosinase from other sources and compare it to the potatoes, so they did extractions from apples, pears, bananas and even sweet potatoes. It proved to be a great inquiry lab.”

Barb Burkhardt, University of Indianapolis

Praise for Chemistry of Membranes from Investigating Biology through Inquiry:

“We simultaneously did the alcohol method using isopropanol. Wow! Those results were very cool, very repeatable among the groups, and showed clear and strong gradients across the dilutions. There was a very nice correlation across methanol, ethanol, and 1-propanol based on length of alcohol molecule. The interesting surprise was the 2-propanol! It clearly caused much less leakage than 1-propanol at each concentration, behaving more like ethanol.”

Ross Koning, Eastern Connecticut State University


Select an investigation below to view objectives, standards correlations, or download a preview.

Ordering Information

All prices are for U.S. educators.

NameOrder CodePriceQuantity
Investigating Biology through InquiryBIO-I$48

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* AP and Advanced Placement Program are registered trademarks of the College Entrance Examination Board, which was not involved in the production of and does not endorse this product.

** The IB Diploma Program is an official program of the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) which authorizes schools to offer it. The material available here has been developed independently of the IBO and is not endorsed by it.

U.S. Educator Price$48

About this Book


  • Johnathan M. Melville
  • Donald L. Volz
  • Michael Collins



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