Fall 2023 - BISC 101 D200

General Biology (4)

Class Number: 1879

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 6 – Dec 5, 2023: Wed, 11:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

    Sep 6 – Dec 5, 2023: Fri, 10:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 13, 2023
    Wed, 7:00–10:00 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    Biology 12 (or equivalent) with a minimum grade of C (or BISC 100 with a minimum grade of C-, or BISC 113 with a minimum grade of C+, or BPK 105 with a minimum grade of C+, or HSCI 100 with a minimum grade of C+); and Chemistry 12 (or equivalent) with a minimum grade of C (or CHEM 111 with a minimum grade of C-).



Introduction to the molecular, cellular and physiological mechanisms of living organisms (microorganisms, plants, animals). Lecture and lab topics include cell structure and function, flow of genetic information, enzyme function, metabolism, whole organism form and function (circulation, gas exchange, nutrition, osmoregularion). BISC 101 and 102 can be taken in either order. Breadth-Science.


Note:  This course may be applied towards the Certificate of Liberal Arts.

Course Content:

Cell biology   

  • Cell structure and function, cell cycle, DNA replication, transcription and translation, cell energy: principles of energetics and enzymes, metabolism: cellular respiration and photosynthesis

Plant biology

  • Flowering plants: morphology, anatomy and growth, plant transport processes, plant nutrition

Animal biology

  • Structure and function of animal tissues, digestion, circulatory and respiratory systems, excretory system, thermoregulation, and homeostasis



  • Lecture Part
  • - Online quizzes 10%
  • - Participation in lectures 10%
  • - Lecture midterm 15%
  • - Lecture final 30%
  • Lab Part:
  • - Lab preps 5%
  • - Lab final exam 25%
  • Tutorial part:
  • - Tutorial participation 5%



  1. To pass the course you need at least 50% on the lab part (lab preps + lab exam) => the grade will be as earned in the course. If you achieve 49% or less on the lab part => you get a D for the course (if the overall total is not failing!).


  1. You need online access to Canvas during lectures (e.g., via cell phone, tablet, or laptop).



  •  Freeman, S., et.al (2023) Biological Science. 4th Canadian Edition, Pearson, Canada (required)
  •  Laboratory manual. Simon Fraser University (required)


Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at: shop.sfu.ca/course-materials/my-personalized-course-materials.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity website http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating. Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the university community. Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the university. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the university. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html


Students with a faith background who may need accommodations during the semester are encouraged to assess their needs as soon as possible and review the Multifaith religious accommodations website. The page outlines ways they begin working toward an accommodation and ensure solutions can be reached in a timely fashion.