Spring 2022 - BISC 204 D100

Introduction to Ecology (3)

Class Number: 1852

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
    SSCC 9002, Burnaby

    Th 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
    SSCC 9002, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

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



An introduction to biotic-environmental relationships and dynamics; ecological concepts; population dynamics, variation, adaptation and evolution.


BISC 204 (Introduction to Ecology) emphasizes understanding species interactions in biological communities and the relationships between communities and the environment. This course serves as a prerequisite to many 400-level BISC courses in ecology, evolution and conservation biology. Grades for this course will be based on student performance on a variety of activities/homework assignments, exams and participation in tutorial sessions.


  • • Tutorial Presentation 5%
  • • Tutorial Participation 5%
  • • Paper Reviews (Draft/Final) 10%
  • • Case Studies/Problem Sets 30%
  • • Midterm 15%
  • • Final Exam 35%


Mode of Teaching:
      Tues - in person (recorded)
      Thursday – in person (recorded)

Tutorial: in person (mandatory)
Midterm: in person (TBD)
Final: in person (TBD)



  • A textbook is required for this course. There is a recommended book that can be obtained as an ebook from the SFU bookstore. However, since it has a cost, any undergraduate textbook in Ecology can be used instead.
  • Students will be required to sign up for three SimBio online education modules as part of this course, approximate cost $20.
  • Simbio modules require access to high-speed internet and a Computer/notebook/tablet.


Any undergraduate textbook in Ecology 

Students will be required to sign up for three SimBio online education modules as part of this course, approximate cost $20 


The Economy of Nature by Robert E. Ricklefs and Rick Relyea, W. H. Freeman (Canadian Edition) 7h Edition. This text is available digitally via VitalSource: https://sfu-store.vitalsource.com/products/ecology-the-economy-of-nature-canadian-edition-ricklefs-robert-e-v9781319028725

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in spring 2022 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with safety plans in place.  Some courses will still be offered through remote methods, and if so, this 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).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

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 spring 2022 term.