Summer 2024 - BISC 102 D100

General Biology (4)

Class Number: 1546

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    May 6 – Aug 2, 2024: Tue, Thu, 12:30–1:20 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+).



Introduction to evolution and ecology, focusing on the processes that shape the diversity of life on earth. Lecture and lab topics include: natural selection and other mechanisms of evolutionary change, phylogeny, genetics, speciation, behaviour, species interactions, population ecology, and ecosystems. BISC 101 and 102 may be taken in either order. Breadth-Science.


  • Tutorial Participation 5%
  • Course Assignment 10%
  • Lab Assignments 10%
  • Lab Final Exam 25%
  • Lecture Midterm Exam 15%
  • Lecture Final Exam 35%


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)



Freeman et al, Biological Sciences (4th Canadian edition), Pearson publishing. This textbook is available as a soft cover paper edition, or as an e-book available through the SFU Bookstore website by entering your Computing ID at:

Note:  Students can use the 3rd edition text for reading if needed, which is similar in organization but with different page numbers than the updated 4th edition.

Registrar Notes:


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