An electron microscope (Image credit: Andrew Magill)

Science is an interesting subject with a number of areas and fields. College students take all kinds of science classes, including biology, chemistry, meteorology, physics, physiology, and psychology. Of course, there are many more “ologies” as well. Pre-med students are required to take several science courses during their undergraduate studies.

According to, the following list is of the top 10 best science textbooks that are currently in use at institutions of higher education around the country. As you can see, Benjamin Cummings Publishers, which is part of the Pearson Higher Education Group of textbook publishers, produces some of the best science textbooks:

1) Campbell Biology (Ninth Edition) by Jane B. Reece, Lisa A. Urry, Michael L. Cain, Steven A. Wasserman, Peter V. Minorsky, and Robert B. Jackson (2010 – Benjamin Cummings)

2) Campbell Biology: Concepts & Connections (Seventh Edition) by Jane B. Reece, Martha R. Taylor, Eric J. Simon, and Jean L. Dickey (2010 – Benjamin Cummings)

3) Chemistry: The Central Science (Twelfth edition) by Theodore E. Brown, H. Eugene H LeMay, Bruce E. Bursten, Catherine Murphy, and Patrick Woodward (2011 – Benjamin Cummings

4) Microbiology: An Introduction (Tenth Edition) by Gerard J. Tortora, Berdell R. Funke, and Christine L. Case (2010 – Benjamin Cummings)

5) Human Anatomy and Physiology (Eighth Edition) by Elaine N. Marieb, and Katja N. Hoehn (2010 – Benjamin Cummings)

6) Vander’s Human Physiology: The Mechanisms of Body Function (Human Physiology (Vander)) (Twelfth Edition) by Eric Widmaier, Hershel Raff, and Kevin Strang (2010 – McGraw Hill)

7) Psychology (Ninth Edition) by David G. Myers (2009 – Worth Publishers)

8) Principles of Anatomy and Physiology (Tortora, Principles of Anatomy and Physiology) (Thirteenth Edition) by Gerard J. Tortora, Bryan H. Derrickson (2011 – John Wiley and Sons, Inc.)

9) Biology (Ninth Edition) by Peter Raven, George Johnson, Kenneth Mason, Jonathan Losos, Susan Singer (2010 – McGraw Hill)

10) Biological Science (Fourth Edition) by Scott Freeman (2010 – Benjamin Cummings)

If you need any of these textbooks for your classes, remember that you will be using some of the best-rated books that are currently on the market. This means you should have a better chance of being successful in your science courses. You will find price comparisons for each of these books on simply by doing a search for the title of the book.