Fall 2021 - BISC 205 D100

Principles of Physiology (3)

Class Number: 4026

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
    AQ 3154, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 15, 2021
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    SSCC 9002, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

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



An integrated exploration of animal and plant physiology, using principles from biology, physics, and chemistry to describe the underlying mechanisms and adaptations that support life. Systems include transport, metabolism, electrical & chemical signalling, sensing and responding. Students will build independent and collaborative skills in data analysis, scientific reasoning, and communication. Students who have taken BISC 305 or BISC 366 first may not then take this course for further credit.


Student outcomes

  1. Describe mechanisms/adaptations that meet the needs of an organism in the face of environmental challenges with physical and chemical constraints
  2. Predict the impact of a variable environment on physiological systems and mechanism.
    • Writing logical, causal descriptions
    • Using quantitative/mathematical models
    • Integrating across systems, organisms, environments and health/disease states
  3. Interpret scientific data to communicate the findings of a science-related issue.
    • Finding and using appropriate, credible, evidence-based sources
    • Using graphical, numeric, or descriptive data
  4. Work productively/collaboratively in teams of diverse backgrounds to develop scientific arguments.
    • Provide & work with useful, meaningful feedback between scientific colleagues
    • Recognize how the scientific community communicates and collaborates (process of science)
    • Recognize how you can belong and contribute to this community
  5. See the wonder in the diversity of physiological solutions to real, physical problems.



  • Case studies in-class 10%
  • Student group project (including presentation and report) 20%
  • Learning activities (quizzes and in-class work) 10%
  • Midterm I 10%
  • Midterm II 20%
  • Final exam 30%


Grading Subjec to Change.


Effective immediately, the Department of Biological Sciences is adopting a mandatory mask policy for all areas under Biology’s control and in spaces elsewhere where Biology faculty teach, applying to everyone regardless of vaccination status.



Freeman, S., et.al (2018) Biological Science. 3rd Canadian Edition, Pearson, Canada (required)
**eBook is available as an alternative from www.vitalsource.com

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