Summer 2022 - HSCI 100 D100

Human Biology (3)

Class Number: 2043

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    WMC 3260, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Gratien Prefontaine
    1 778 782-8645



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. Understanding and exploration of human anatomy, physiology, and genetics provide context for human life history (especially 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. Explain and apply the scientific method.


  • Midterm Exam 1 25%
  • Midtern Exam 2 25%
  • Final Midterm Exam 25%
  • Written Assignment 15%
  • Tutorial Attendance and Participation 10%



Available on Canvas. Canvas is the institutionally supported platform for creating, sharing and managing course materials.


Goodenough and McGuire. Biology of Humans: concepts, applications and issues. with Mastering Biology. Benjamin Cummings. Toronto. 6th Ed.

An electronic or 'ebook' or 'eText' version of this textbook is also available. It offers easy offline reading via the Pearson eText app (free from the App Store or Google Play). Students can highlight and take notes that then sync between their devices when they're back online. Note that this version does not come with "Mastering Biology" tools or resources.
ISBN: 9780134045443

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