Spring 2020 - BISC 306 D100

Invertebrate Biology (4)

Class Number: 2455

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
    WMC 3210, Burnaby

    Th 9:30 AM – 11:20 AM
    WMC 3250, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    BISC 101, 102 and 204 with a grade of C- or better.



An introduction to selected invertebrate phyla with an emphasis on functional morphology, diversity and ecology.


Animals are extraordinarily diverse in their form and function. Most of them are not vertebrates (like humans), and most of the interesting variety is not found among insects. This is a course about everything else: the evolution of animal diversity from sponges to sea squirts, corals to clams, and a lot of worms.

Lectures emphasize anatomy, functional morphology, and natural history of free-living marine phyla and classes. Labs emphasize overall form and function of living animals from major taxonomic groups: observations of behaviour and other features, some dissection, and some functional (not artistic) drawing of animals and parts.

Canvas will be used for this class: https://canvas.sfu.ca

Grading scheme is provisional and may change before start of classes.


  • Six In-class Quizzes 50%
  • Field Trip Participation 5%
  • Laboratory Notebook 20%
  • Laboratory Practical Exam 15%
  • Final Exam 10%



The course grade and the lab fees include a fabulous three-day field trip to the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre on Vancouver Island.
Field trips are provisionally scheduled for March 3-5 or March 10-12.
Please hold those dates until further notice. Field trip scheduling information will be distributed in lab sections during the week of Jan. 16th.


Pechenik, Biology of the Invertebrates, 7th edition, 2015. The 6th edition is ok also. Either hard copy  or e-book can be purchased. International editions (soft cover) are less expensive.

Registrar Notes:

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