Summer 2023 - HSCI 100 D100

Human Biology (3)

Class Number: 3259

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    AQ 3005, 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. It provides an introduction to human anatomy, physiology, and genetics within the context of human life history (i.e. human 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 20%
  • Midterm Exam 2 25%
  • Final Exam 30%
  • Written Assignment 15%
  • Tutorial Attendance 10%



Required readings will be made available in the course Canvas page.


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

The 5th Edition of this textbook is also suitable for use in the course. The textbook is recommended for students who have not taken high school biology, not taken related courses recently or those who simply want additional study and preparation resources. ISBN: 978-0134045443

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: 978-0134874104


Goodenough and McGuire. Biology of Humans: concepts, applications and issues. with Mastering Biology.  Benjamin Cummings. Toronto. 4th, 5th, or 6th edition

The electronic content from MasteringBiology is recommended as well, but not required, and only available with new textbook purchase.  6th Ed. ISBN-10: 0134874102 • ISBN-13: 9780134874104 -       Online e-text is also available at
ISBN: 10: 0134874102


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