Fall 2021 - HSCI 100 D200

Human Biology (3)

Class Number: 2115

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    SRYC 3090, Surrey

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 16, 2021
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    SRYC 2985, Surrey



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.


OVERALL GOAL: Upon completion of the course, students should be able to: 

  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 1 15%
  • Midterm 2 15%
  • Final exam 25%
  • Quizzes 15%
  • Assignment 20%
  • Tutorial Attendance & Participation 10%



Goodenough and McGuire. 2012. Biology of Humans: concepts, applications and issues. 4th ed. Benjamin Cummings. Toronto. ISBN: 978-0-321-70702 (Mastering Biology is strongly recommended)

ISBN: 978-0-321-70702

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place.  Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

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Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.