Summer 2022 - BISC 102 D100

General Biology (4)

Class Number: 4373

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu, Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
    EDB 7618, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Aug 17, 2022
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    AQ 3181, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Ivona Mladenovic
    1 778 782-8920
    Office: B9237
  • Instructor:

    Miranda Meents
    1 778 782-5684
    Office: B9238
  • Prerequisites:

    High school biology 12 (or equivalent) with a C grade or better, or BISC 100 with C- or better, or BISC 113 with C+ or better, or HSCI 100 with C+ or better.



Survey of the diversity of life, and its evolutionary history on earth. The student is introduced to the study of genetics, development, and evolution, giving an overview of how these processes interact to produce form and function. Also included are principles of behavior and ecological relationships of organisms to each other and their environment. Breadth-Science.


The central theme of this course is the diversity of life and its evolutionary history on Earth. 

Outline of General Topics

  1. Diversity of Life  
  2. Natural Selection  
  3. History of Life  
  4. Phylogeny  
  5. Genetics  
  6. Animal Behaviour  
  7. Microevolution
  8. Macroevolutionary
  9. Species & Speciation  
  10. Human Evolution  
  11. Population Ecology  
  12. Community Ecology  
  13. Ecosystems


  • Tutorial Participation 5%
  • Lab Assignments 5%
  • Quizzes 10%
  • Lecture Assignment 10%
  • Lab Exam 25%
  • Midterm Exam 15%
  • Final Exam 30%


Important note: To pass this course you must obtain a passing grade on the laboratory portion of the course (the lab exam and the lab assignments)



Mode of teaching: 

Lecture: In person 

Laboratory: In person 

Tutorial: In person 

Midterm: In person, date TBD

Final: In person, date TBD


  • Freeman et al. (2019) Biological Science, 3rd Canadian edition. Pearson. (E-text or Hard copy). Note: Purchasing Mastering Biology is optional
  • BISC 102 Laboratory Manual. Simon Fraser University, Burnaby Campus edition

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in summer 2022 will involve primarily in-person instruction.  Some courses may be offered through alternative methods (remote, online, blended), and if so, this will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes. 

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, online, or blended courses 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 ( or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the summer 2022 term.