Summer 2019 - BISC 102 D100

General Biology (4)

Class Number: 1016

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu, Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
    EDB 7618, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Aug 13, 2019
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    SSCB 9201, Burnaby

  • 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.



Survey of the diversity of life, and its evolutionary history on earth. The student is introduced to the study of genetics, development, and evolution, giving an overview of how these processes interact to produce form and function. Also included are principles of behavior and ecological relationships of organisms to each other and their environment. Breadth-Science.


Outline of Topics

  1. Diversity of life
  2. Darwin & natural selection
  3. History of life – major events
  4. Phylogeny
  5. Genetics
  6. Animal behaviour
  7. Microevolution
  8. Macroevolutionary patterns
  9. Species & speciation
  10. Human evolution
  11. Population Ecology
  12. Community Ecology
  13. Ecosystems


  • Lab Assignments 5%
  • Participation 5%
  • Inquiry Figure Assignment 15%
  • Midterm Exam 20%
  • Lab Exam 25%
  • Final Exam 30%


  • Students who earn less than 50% on the lab exam will receive a maximum grade of D.
  • If you anticipate missing an exam, you must seek and obtain permission from the instructor. It is in your best interest to do this before the exam, and official documentation will be required.
  • Students with disabilities who require special considerations should contact the Centre for Accessible Learning ( well in advance. 
Canvas. We will use Canvas to manage course materials.

SFU’s Code of Academic Integrity 
Every student is responsible for making sure that he/she is informed of SFU’s Code of Academic Integrity. There is a link available though Canvas.



Freeman et al. 2019. Biological Science 3Ce plus Mastering Biology, Pearson Canada
This text is available at the SFU Bookstore in two formats: hardcopy and looseleaf (also called BV - binder version). Both formats have exactly the same content – either format is OK.

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University.