Fall 2019 - BISC 101 D200

General Biology (4)

Class Number: 2713

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 3 – Dec 2, 2019: Wed, 11:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
    Location: TBA

    Sep 3 – Dec 2, 2019: Fri, 10:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
    Location: TBA

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 5, 2019
    Thu, 8:30–11:30 a.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    High school Biology 12 (or equivalent) with a C grade or better, or BISC 100 with C- or better, or BISC 113 with C+ or better, or HSCI 100 with C+ or better; and High school Chemistry 12 (or equivalent) with a C grade or better, or CHEM 111 with a C- or better.



An introduction to the biochemical and physiological mechanisms of living organisms. Topics covered include cell structure and function, DNA replication and the flow of genetic information, enzyme function, metabolism and physiology of microorganisms, plants, and animals. Breadth-Science.


Course Website: CANVAS

Note: This course may be applied towards the Certificate of Liberal Arts.

Course Content:

Cell biology

• cell structure and function, cell cycle, DNA replication, transcription and translation, cell energy: principles of energetics and enzymes, metabolism: cellular respiration and photosynthesis

Plant biology

• flowering plants: morphology, anatomy and growth, plant transport processes, plant nutrition, plant reproduction

Animal biology

• structure and function of tissue types, digestion, circulatory and respiratory systems, excretory system, thermoregulation and homeostasis, hormones and reproduction, nervous and motor mechanisms


  • Lecture Midterm 15%
  • Lecture Final Exam 25%
  • Lab Final Exam* 25%
  • Lab Preparation and Tutorial Quizzes* 15%
  • Quizzes and Learning Activities 20%


Note: You must pass the lab component of the course (all elements labeled with *) to pass the course.



Freeman, S., et.al (2017) Biological Science. 3rd Canadian Edition, Pearson, Canada

BISC 101 Laboratory manual.  Simon Fraser University.

Registrar Notes:

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