Spring 2020 - BISC 101 D100

General Biology (4)

Class Number: 2540

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
    RCB IMAGTH, Burnaby

    Th 9:30 AM – 11:20 AM
    RCB IMAGTH, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 18, 2020
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    TAKE HOME-EXAM, 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; 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.


Cell biology 

proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates and lipids
cell structure and function, cell cycle, cell replication
DNA replication, transcription and translation
genomics and biotechnology
metabolism and enzymes
cellular respiration

Plant biology    

plant from and function
plant nutrition and transport processes
plant hormones and interactions with environment
plant reproduction and development

Animal biology     
nutrition and digestion
temperature regulation and osmoregulation
nervous systems
sensory, muscular, and endocrine systems
circulation and gas exchange


  • 1st Lecture Midterm 15%
  • 2nd Lecture Midterm 15%
  • Lecture Final exam 30%
  • Lab and Tutorial Preparation* 15%
  • Lab Final* 25%


*You must pass the Lab part of the course (20/40) to pass BISC101



Freeman, Harrington & Sharp. 2018. Biological Science (3rd Canadian Edition). Pearson, Toronto.

Registrar Notes:

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