Spring 2020 - HSCI 100 D100

Human Biology (3)

Class Number: 2155

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
    BLU 9660, Burnaby

    Th 9:30 AM – 11:20 AM
    SWH 10041, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 18, 2020
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    SSCC 9002, Burnaby



An examination of the biological processes that underlie human health and well-being, with emphasis on the evolutionary and ecological influences affecting human populations. Students with credit for BISC 101 may not take HSCI 100 for further credit. Breadth-Science.


This course focuses on the evolutionary principles relevant to understanding human health and disease. It provides an introduction to human anatomy, physiology, and genetics within the context of human life history (i.e. human growth, development, reproduction, and senescence).
Topics will include:

  • Organization and regulation of biological systems
  • Human cardiovascular system, digestive system, nervous system, endocrine system, lymphatic system and immunity, and reproduction
  • Origin of life, genetic inheritance, phenotypic plasticity
  • Natural selection, evolution and ecological pressures
  • Environmental challenges and their impact on human life


1.    Explain the basic biological principles that underlie human health and well-being.
2.    Describe broadly the organization and regulation of the major biological systems in humans.
3.    Describe the biological basis of several common human diseases.
4.    Discuss basic interactions between the human genotype, its environment and the resulting phenotype.
5.    Evaluate current science news and health claims for pseudoscience, misconceptions and misreporting
6.    Explain and apply the scientific method.


  • Midterm Exam 1 10%
  • Midterm Exam 2 20%
  • Final Exam 25%
  • Knowledge Mobilization Presentation 10%
  • Knowledge Mobilization Paper 20%
  • Miskasowin Journal 10%
  • Tutorial Attendance and Participation 5%



Goodenough and McGuire. Biology of Humans: concepts, applications and issues. with Mastering Biology.  Benjamin Cummings. Toronto. 4th, 5th, or 6th edition

The electronic content from MasteringBiology is recommended as well, but not required, and only available with new textbook purchase.  6th Ed. ISBN-10: 0134874102 • ISBN-13: 9780134874104 -       Online e-text is also available at masteringbiology.com
ISBN: 10: 0134874102

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