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Department of Biological Sciences | Faculty of Science Simon Fraser University Calendar | Spring 2023

Biological Sciences Major

Bachelor of Science

The Biological Sciences Major combines a broad foundation in the lower division with specialization in upper division. After completing their lower division courses, students select one of 3 concentrations: Cells, Molecules, Physiology (CMP); Ecology, Evolution, Conservation (EEC); or Open concentration.

Admission Requirements

Students meeting the admission requirements to the Faculty of Science may receive direct entry to the BISC Major upon acceptance to SFU either from high school or as a transfer student. Students already at SFU may apply to the BISC Major once they have completed all Lower Division Requirements (details below). Students must have a GPA of 2.0 or higher on the Lower Division Requirements to be accepted into the program.

Grade Requirements

Prerequisites. Students are normally required to obtain at least a C- on all course prerequisites, but in some cases the minimum grade requirements may be higher. Students are encouraged to plan ahead and consult the course calendar. In some cases, prerequisites may be waived for BISC courses with the approval of the Department.

Continuation. To remain in the program, students must be in good academic standing, must maintain a CGPA of 2.0 in the Major Program Requirements (i.e., excluding electives), and must not exceed SFU’s limits on course repeats. Students who do not meet these requirements will be dropped from the Major Program. Students may apply for readmission to the Major Program if they complete all Lower Division Requirements (details below) with a GPA of 2.0 or higher, without exceeding the course repeat limit. Students may also apply for admission to the General Science Double Minor Program within the Faculty of Science or other programs across the university.

Program Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 120 units, including 44 units at the upper division level.

Lower Division Requirements

Students complete all of

BISC 101 - General Biology (4)

An introduction to the biochemical and physiological mechanisms of living organisms. Topics covered include cell structure and function, DNA replication and the flow of genetic information, enzyme function, metabolism and physiology of microorganisms, plants, and animals. Prerequisite: 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; and High school Chemistry 12 (or equivalent) with a C grade or better, or CHEM 111 with a C- or better. Breadth-Science.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Zamir Punja (Lectures)
Kevin Lam (Lectures)
Yvonne Dzal (Lab Instructor)
Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
Th 9:30 AM – 11:20 AM
SSCC 9001, Burnaby
SSCC 9001, Burnaby
D101 Yvonne Dzal
Tu 11:30 AM – 1:20 PM
Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SSCB 8206, Burnaby
WMC 3531, Burnaby
D102 Yvonne Dzal
Tu 11:30 AM – 1:20 PM
Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
SSCB 8206, Burnaby
AQ 5005, Burnaby
D103 Yvonne Dzal
Tu 11:30 AM – 1:20 PM
Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SSCB 8206, Burnaby
AQ 2122, Burnaby
D104 Yvonne Dzal
Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SSCB 8206, Burnaby
RCB 7100, Burnaby
D105 Yvonne Dzal
Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
SSCB 8206, Burnaby
WMC 2523, Burnaby
D106 Yvonne Dzal
Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SSCB 8206, Burnaby
AQ 5047, Burnaby
D107 Yvonne Dzal
We 11:30 AM – 1:20 PM
Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SSCB 8206, Burnaby
SWH 10075, Burnaby
D108 Yvonne Dzal
We 11:30 AM – 1:20 PM
Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
SSCB 8206, Burnaby
AQ 2122, Burnaby
D109 Yvonne Dzal
We 11:30 AM – 1:20 PM
Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SSCB 8206, Burnaby
WMC 2260, Burnaby
D113 Yvonne Dzal
Tu 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
Th 11:30 AM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5004, Burnaby
SSCB 8206, Burnaby
D114 Yvonne Dzal
Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
Th 11:30 AM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5008, Burnaby
SSCB 8206, Burnaby
D115 Yvonne Dzal
Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
Th 11:30 AM – 1:20 PM
BLU 10901, Burnaby
SSCB 8206, Burnaby
D116 Yvonne Dzal
Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 3531, Burnaby
SSCB 8206, Burnaby
D117 Yvonne Dzal
Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5005, Burnaby
SSCB 8206, Burnaby
BISC 102 - General Biology (4)

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. Prerequisite: 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. Breadth-Science.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Rolf Mathewes (Lectures)
Erin Barley (Lab Instructor)
Eddie Pokrishevsky (Lab Instructor)
Tu, Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
SSCC 9001, Burnaby
D101 Erin Barley
Tu 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
Th 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
SSCB 8212, Burnaby
AQ 5050, Burnaby
D102 Erin Barley
Tu 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
SSCB 8212, Burnaby
AQ 5048, Burnaby
D103 Edward Pokrishevsky
Tu 1:30 PM – 4:20 PM
Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
SSCB 8212, Burnaby
WMC 2521, Burnaby
D104 Edward Pokrishevsky
Tu 1:30 PM – 4:20 PM
Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SSCB 8212, Burnaby
WMC 2523, Burnaby
D105 Erin Barley
Edward Pokrishevsky
We 11:30 AM – 2:20 PM
Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
SSCB 8212, Burnaby
AQ 5038, Burnaby
D106 Erin Barley
Edward Pokrishevsky
We 11:30 AM – 2:20 PM
Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SSCB 8212, Burnaby
AQ 5038, Burnaby
D107 Edward Pokrishevsky
We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
Fr 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
SSCB 8212, Burnaby
WMC 3251, Burnaby
D109 Erin Barley
Tu 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
Th 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5027, Burnaby
SSCB 8212, Burnaby
D110 Erin Barley
Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
Th 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5027, Burnaby
SSCB 8212, Burnaby
D111 Edward Pokrishevsky
Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
Th 1:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 2202, Burnaby
SSCB 8212, Burnaby
D112 Edward Pokrishevsky
Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
Th 1:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 3531, Burnaby
SSCB 8212, Burnaby
D113 Erin Barley
We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
Fr 11:30 AM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5038, Burnaby
SSCB 8212, Burnaby
D114 Erin Barley
We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
Fr 11:30 AM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5049, Burnaby
SSCB 8212, Burnaby
D200 Ivona Mladenovic
We, Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
SRYC 2600, Surrey
D201 Mo 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
SRYC 2710, Surrey
D202 Mo 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
SRYC 2710, Surrey
D203 Mo 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SRYC 2710, Surrey
D204 Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
SRYC 2710, Surrey
D205 Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
SRYC 2710, Surrey
LAS1 Ivona Mladenovic
Tu 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SRYC 2960, Surrey
LAS2 Ivona Mladenovic
Tu 12:30 PM – 3:20 PM
SRYC 2960, Surrey
LAS3 Ivona Mladenovic
Tu 3:30 PM – 6:20 PM
SRYC 2960, Surrey
BISC 202 - Genetics (3)

Principles and concepts of the transmission of genetic information. Prerequisite: BISC 101 and 102 with a grade of C- or better.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Kevin Lam
Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
WMC 3520, Burnaby
SSCB 9200, Burnaby
D101 Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 5025, Burnaby
D102 Tu 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5020, Burnaby
D103 Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5025, Burnaby
D105 Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5020, Burnaby
D106 Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
WMC 2268, Burnaby
D107 Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
WMC 2260, Burnaby
D109 Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5014, Burnaby
D110 Th 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5020, Burnaby
BISC 204 - Introduction to Ecology (3)

An introduction to biotic-environmental relationships and dynamics; ecological concepts; population dynamics, variation, adaptation and evolution. Prerequisite: BISC 101 and 102 with a grade of C- or better.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 David Green
Tu 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
Th 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
WMC 3260, Burnaby
WMC 3260, Burnaby
D101 Th 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
SWH 10075, Burnaby
D102 Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
SWH 10075, Burnaby
D103 Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5025, Burnaby
D104 Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SWH 10075, Burnaby
BISC 205 - Principles of Physiology (3)

An integrated exploration of animal and plant physiology, using principles from biology, physics, and chemistry to describe the underlying mechanisms and adaptations that support life. Systems include transport, metabolism, electrical & chemical signalling, sensing and responding. Students will build independent and collaborative skills in data analysis, scientific reasoning, and communication. Prerequisite: BISC 101, BISC 102, PHYS 101, and PHYS 102, all with a grade of C- or better. Students who have taken BISC 305 or BISC 366 first may not then take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Julian Christians
Jim Mattsson
Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
WMC 3520, Burnaby
D101 Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
RCB 6101, Burnaby
D102 Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 5120, Burnaby
D103 Mo 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
RCB 6101, Burnaby
D104 Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5025, Burnaby
CHEM 121 - General Chemistry and Laboratory I (4)

Atomic and molecular structure; chemical bonding; thermochemistry; elements; periodic table; gases liquids, solids, and solutions. This course includes a laboratory component. Prerequisite: Chemistry 12 with a minimum grade of C, or CHEM 109 or 111 with a minimum grade of C-. Students with credit for CHEM 120 or 125 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative/Breadth-Science.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Tim Storr
Mo, We, Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
SSCC 9001, Burnaby
D101 We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5008, Burnaby
D102 We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5007, Burnaby
D103 We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
RCB 5118, Burnaby
D104 We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
BLU 10655, Burnaby
D105 Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
RCB 5118, Burnaby
D106 Th 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
RCB 5120, Burnaby
D107 Th 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5039, Burnaby
D108 Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 5039, Burnaby
D109 Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
BLU 9655, Burnaby
D110 Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
BLU 10655, Burnaby
D111 Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
EDB 9651, Burnaby
D112 Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 2532, Burnaby
D113 We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
BLU 10655, Burnaby
D114 Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
RCB 5125, Burnaby
D115 Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 5028, Burnaby
D200 James Zhou
Mo, We, Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
SRYC 2600, Surrey
D201 Mo 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
SRYC 3250, Surrey
D202 Mo 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
SRYC 3250, Surrey
D203 Mo 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SRYC 3250, Surrey
LA02 Julie Lunniss
Tu 8:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SSCC 7079, Burnaby
LA03 Dev Sharma
Julie Lunniss
Tu 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSCC 7079, Burnaby
LA04 Julie Lunniss
We 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSCC 7079, Burnaby
LB03 Dev Sharma
Julie Lunniss
Tu 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSCC 7079, Burnaby
LB04 Julie Lunniss
We 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSCC 7079, Burnaby
LC01 James Zhou
Tu 8:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SRYC 2780, Surrey
LC02 James Zhou
Tu 8:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SRYC 2780, Surrey
LE01 TBD
LE02 TBD
CHEM 122 - General Chemistry II (2)

Chemical equilibria; electrochemistry; chemical thermodynamics; kinetics. Students who intend to take further laboratory courses in chemistry should take CHEM 122 concurrently with CHEM 126. Prerequisite: CHEM 120 or 121 with a minimum grade of C-. Students with credit for CHEM 124 or CHEM 180 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Charles Walsby
Mo, We, Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
SSCC 9001, Burnaby
D101 We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
EDB 9651, Burnaby
D102 We 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
RCB 5120, Burnaby
D103 We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
BLU 9655, Burnaby
D104 We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
BLU 10921, Burnaby
D105 We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
BLU 10921, Burnaby
D106 Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
RCB 5120, Burnaby
D107 Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
EDB 9651, Burnaby
D108 Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 5118, Burnaby
D109 Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 2104, Burnaby
D110 Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
RCB 5118, Burnaby
D111 Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
BLU 9655, Burnaby
D112 Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
BLU 10655, Burnaby
D113 Fr 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
RCB 5120, Burnaby
D114 Fr 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5039, Burnaby
D115 Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
WMC 3533, Burnaby
D116 Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
RCB 7100, Burnaby
D117 We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5047, Burnaby
D118 Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 5051, Burnaby
D119 Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5050, Burnaby
D200 M Khaled Arafeh
Mo, We, Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SRYC 2600, Surrey
D201 Mo 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
SRYC 2750, Surrey
D202 Mo 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
SRYC 2750, Surrey
D203 Mo 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SRYC 2750, Surrey
D205 Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
SRYC 2750, Surrey
D206 Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SRYC 2750, Surrey
D207 Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
SRYC 3250, Surrey
CHEM 281 - Organic Chemistry and Laboratory I (4)

Structure, bonding, physical and chemical properties of simple organic compounds. Introduction to spectroscopy. Kinetics and mechanisms of organic reactions. This course includes a laboratory component. Prerequisite: CHEM 121 with a minimum grade of C-. Corequisite: CHEM 122. Students with credit for CHEM 280 or CHEM 285 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Nabyl Merbouh
Mo, We, Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
RCB IMAGTH, Burnaby
D101 We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5006, Burnaby
D102 We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
RCB 5118, Burnaby
D103 Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
BLU 10655, Burnaby
D104 Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5006, Burnaby
D105 Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
EDB 9651, Burnaby
D106 Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
BLU 9655, Burnaby
D107 Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
RCB 5118, Burnaby
D108 Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
BLU 10655, Burnaby
D109 Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5005, Burnaby
D110 We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5048, Burnaby
D111 We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 3251, Burnaby
LA04 Patricia Somers
We 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSB 8120, Burnaby
LA05 Patricia Somers
Th 8:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SSB 8120, Burnaby
LB04 Patricia Somers
We 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSB 8120, Burnaby
LB05 Patricia Somers
Th 8:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SSB 8120, Burnaby
LB07 Patricia Somers
Fr 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSB 8120, Burnaby
LE01 TBD
MBB 222 - Molecular Biology and Biochemistry (3)

The structure, function and synthesis of proteins, RNA and DNA and their interrelated biological functions within the cell. An introduction to molecular biology techniques and methods of protein purification and analysis. Prerequisite: or Corequisite CHEM 281.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Mark Paetzel
Mo, We, Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 3182, Burnaby
D101 Mo 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
WMC 3513, Burnaby
D102 Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
WMC 2268, Burnaby
D103 Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
BLU 10901, Burnaby
D104 Tu 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 2122, Burnaby
D105 We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 2501, Burnaby
D106 Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 2122, Burnaby
D107 We 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
WMC 3511, Burnaby
D108 Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 2122, Burnaby
D109 Mo 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5004, Burnaby
MBB 231 - Cellular Biology and Biochemistry (3)

A study of the molecular processes which underlie cell structure and function, integrating ultrastructural, physiological and biochemical approaches. Modern techniques used in the analysis of organelle and cell function are integral parts of the course. Prerequisite: MBB 222, BISC 101, CHEM 281 with grades of C- or better. Corequisite or Prerequisite: CHEM 282 or CHEM 283.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Ingrid Northwood
Mo, We, Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 3181, Burnaby
D101 Mo 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 2122, Burnaby
D102 Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
WMC 3531, Burnaby
D103 Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 2122, Burnaby
D104 Tu 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 2120, Burnaby
D105 Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 2501, Burnaby
D107 We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5035, Burnaby
D108 Mo 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 2104, Burnaby
D109 We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5004, Burnaby
STAT 201 - Statistics for the Life Sciences (3)

Research methodology and associated statistical analysis techniques for students with training in the life sciences. Intended to be particularly accessible to students who are not specializing in Statistics. Prerequisite: Recommended: 30 units. Students cannot obtain credit for STAT 201 if they already have credit for - or are taking concurrently - STAT 101, 203, 205, 285, or any upper division STAT course. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D900 Wei Lin
Mo 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SRYE 1002, Surrey
SRYE 1002, Surrey
OL01 Distance Education
OP09 TBD

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CHEM 282 - Organic Chemistry II (2)

Polyfunctional organic compounds and complex organic reactions. Introduction to natural products. Prerequisite: CHEM 281 with a minimum grade of C-. Students with credit for CHEM 283 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Erika Plettner
Mo, We, Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 3182, Burnaby
D101 We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
BLU 9655, Burnaby
D102 We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5039, Burnaby
D103 We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5039, Burnaby
D104 We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
BLU 10655, Burnaby
D105 Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5019, Burnaby
D107 Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5005, Burnaby
D108 Fr 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 2104, Burnaby
D109 Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5039, Burnaby
D110 Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5039, Burnaby
CHEM 283 - Organic Chemistry IIb (3)

An advanced treatment of Organic Chemistry II. Topics include dienes and their reactivity, conjugation and aromaticity, aromatic substitution reactions, carboxylic acids and their derivatives, ketones and aldehydes, biological molecules, radical reactions, organometallic reagents, pericyclic reactions and planning multi-step synthesis. Prerequisite: CHEM 281 with a minimum grade of C-. Students with credit for CHEM 282 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Erika Plettner
Mo, We, Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 3182, Burnaby
D101 Mo 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
BLU 10655, Burnaby
D102 Mo 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 5120, Burnaby
D103 Mo 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
RCB 5120, Burnaby

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MATH 150 - Calculus I with Review (4)

Designed for students specializing in mathematics, physics, chemistry, computing science and engineering. Topics as for Math 151 with a more extensive review of functions, their properties and their graphs. Recommended for students with no previous knowledge of Calculus. In addition to regularly scheduled lectures, students enrolled in this course are encouraged to come for assistance to the Calculus Workshop (Burnaby), or Math Open Lab (Surrey). Prerequisite: Pre-Calculus 12 (or equivalent) with a grade of at least B+, or MATH 100 with a grade of at least B-, or achieving a satisfactory grade on the Simon Fraser University Calculus Readiness Test. Students with credit for either MATH 151, 154 or 157 may not take MATH 150 for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Joanna Niezen
Mo, We, Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
SSCB 9200, Burnaby
D101 Tu 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
SWH 10061, Burnaby
D102 Tu 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
SWH 10061, Burnaby
D105 We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
SWH 10061, Burnaby
D106 We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SWH 10061, Burnaby
D107 We 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SWH 10061, Burnaby
D108 We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SWH 10061, Burnaby
D400 Natalia Kouzniak
Mo, We, Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SRYC 3170, Surrey
D401 Natalia Kouzniak
We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SRYC 2740, Surrey
D402 Natalia Kouzniak
We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
SRYC 2740, Surrey
D403 Natalia Kouzniak
Fr 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
SRYC 2740, Surrey
OP01 TBD
OP02 TBD
MATH 151 - Calculus I (3)

Designed for students specializing in mathematics, physics, chemistry, computing science and engineering. Logarithmic and exponential functions, trigonometric functions, inverse functions. Limits, continuity, and derivatives. Techniques of differentiation, including logarithmic and implicit differentiation. The Mean Value Theorem. Applications of differentiation including extrema, curve sketching, Newton's method. Introduction to modeling with differential equations. Polar coordinates, parametric curves. Prerequisite: Pre-Calculus 12 (or equivalent) with a grade of at least A, or MATH 100 with a grade of at least B, or achieving a satisfactory grade on the Simon Fraser University Calculus Readiness Test. Students with credit for either MATH 150, 154 or 157 may not take MATH 151 for further credit. Quantitative.

MATH 154 - Mathematics for the Life Sciences I (3)

Designed for students specializing in the life sciences. Topics include: limits, growth rate and the derivative; elementary functions, optimization and approximation methods, and their applications, integration, and differential equations; mathematical models of biological processes and their implementation and analysis using software. Prerequisite: Pre-Calculus 12 (or equivalent) with a grade of at least B, or MATH 100 with a grade of at least C-, or achieving a satisfactory grade on the Simon Fraser University Calculus Readiness Test. Students with credit for either MATH 150, 151 or 157 may not take MATH 154 for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Elisha Are
Mo, We, Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
SWH 10081, Burnaby
OP01 TBD

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MATH 152 - Calculus II (3)

Riemann sum, Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, definite, indefinite and improper integrals, approximate integration, integration techniques, applications of integration. First-order separable differential equations and growth models. Sequences and series, series tests, power series, convergence and applications of power series. Prerequisite: MATH 150 or 151, with a minimum grade of C-; or MATH 154 or 157 with a grade of at least B. Students with credit for MATH 155 or 158 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Ralf Wittenberg
Mo, We, Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
SSCC 9001, Burnaby
D200 Jamie Mulholland
Mo, We, Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
BLU 10011, Burnaby
D300 Nathan Ilten
Mo, We, Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
WMC 3520, Burnaby
D400 Luis Goddyn
Mo, We, Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SRYC 2600, Surrey
OP01 TBD
OP02 TBD
OP03 TBD
MATH 155 - Mathematics for the Life Sciences II (3)

Designed for students specializing in the life sciences. Topics include: vectors and matrices, partial derivatives, multi-dimensional integrals, systems of differential equations, compartment models, graphs and networks, and their applications to the life sciences; mathematical models of multi-component biological processes and their implementation and analysis using software. Prerequisite: MATH 150, 151 or 154, with a minimum grade of C-; or MATH 157 with a grade of at least B. Students with credit for MATH 152 or 158 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Ben Ashby
Mo, We 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
RCB IMAGTH, Burnaby
RCB IMAGTH, Burnaby
D200 Mahsa Faizrahnemoon
Mo, We, Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
AQ 3150, Burnaby
D400 Luis Goddyn
Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
SRYC 2600, Surrey
OP01 TBD
OP02 TBD

and one of

PHYS 101 - Physics for the Life Sciences I (3)

Force and motion, conservation of energy and momentum, fluids, properties of soft matter and thermal physics with applications taken from the life sciences. Prerequisite: BC Principles of Physics 12 or PHYS 100 or equivalent, with a minimum grade of C-. This prerequisite may be waived, at the discretion of the department, as determined by the student's performance on a regularly scheduled PHYS 100 final exam. Please consult the physics advisor for further details. Corequisite: MATH 150 or 151 or 154 or 157; BISC 100 or 101 or 102. Recommended Corequisite: PHYS 132. Students with credit for PHYS 120, 125 or 140 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative/Breadth-Science.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Simin Bagheri Najmi
Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
SSCC 9001, Burnaby
D101 Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
SWH 10075, Burnaby
D102 Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SWH 10075, Burnaby
D103 Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5050, Burnaby
D104 Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 3251, Burnaby
D105 Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5036, Burnaby
D106 We 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
WMC 2268, Burnaby
D107 We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 2268, Burnaby
D108 We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 2122, Burnaby
D109 We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5006, Burnaby
D110 We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
RCB 6101, Burnaby
D111 We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 6101, Burnaby
D112 We 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5050, Burnaby
D113 Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 2268, Burnaby
D114 Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
RCB 6101, Burnaby
D115 Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 6101, Burnaby
D116 Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
WMC 3510, Burnaby
D117 Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5017, Burnaby
D118 Th 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
RCB 5125, Burnaby
D200 Simin Bagheri Najmi
Tu, Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SRYC 2975, Surrey
PHYS 120 - Mechanics and Modern Physics (3)

A general calculus-based introduction to mechanics. Topics include translational and rotational motion, momentum, energy, gravitation, and selected topics in modern physics. Prerequisite: BC Principles of Physics 12 or PHYS 100 or equivalent, with a minimum grade of C-. This prerequisite may be waived, at the discretion of the department, as determined by the student's performance on a regularly scheduled PHYS 100 final exam. Please consult the physics advisor for further details. Corequisite: MATH 150 or 151 or 154. Recommended Corequisite: PHYS 132. Students with credit for PHYS 101, 125 or 140 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative/Breadth-Science.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Jeff Sonier
Mo, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
SWH 10081, Burnaby
SWH 10081, Burnaby
D101 Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
TASC2 7201, Burnaby
D102 Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5016, Burnaby
D103 Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 7105, Burnaby
D104 Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
TASC2 7201, Burnaby
D105 We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5017, Burnaby
D106 We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
RCB 6122, Burnaby
D107 We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5028, Burnaby
D108 We 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5051, Burnaby
D109 Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 8106, Burnaby
D110 Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
RCB 7105, Burnaby
D111 Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 7105, Burnaby
D112 Th 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
RCB 8105, Burnaby
D113 Mo 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 7105, Burnaby
D114 Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
TASC2 7201, Burnaby
PHYS 125 - Mechanics and Special Relativity (3)

An enriched course in mechanics for students with good preparation in physics and mathematics. Special relativity and classical topics such as translational and rotational dynamics and conservation laws will be given a much more sophisticated treatment than in our other first-year courses. Prerequisite: Permission of the department. Corequisite: MATH 151. Recommended Corequisite: PHYS 132. Students with credit for PHYS 101, 120 or PHYS 140 may not take PHYS 125 for further credit. Quantitative.

PHYS 140 - Studio Physics - Mechanics and Modern Physics (4)

A general calculus-based introduction to mechanics taught in an integrated lecture-laboratory environment. Topics include translational and rotational motion, momentum, energy, gravitation, and selected topics in modern physics. Prerequisite: BC Principles of Physics 12, or PHYS 100 or equivalent, with a minimum grade of C-. Corequisite: MATH 150 or 151 or 154. Students with credit for PHYS 125 or 120 or 101 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative/Breadth-Science.

and one of

PHYS 102 - Physics for the Life Sciences II (3)

Waves and optics; electricity and magnetism; modern physics emphasizing radioactivity, with applications taken from the life sciences. Prerequisite: PHYS 101 or 120 or 125 or 140; MATH 150 or 151 or 154 or 157; both with a minimum grade of C-. Corequisite: BISC 100 or 101 or 102. Recommended Corequisites: MATH 152, 155 or 158; PHYS 133. Students with credit for PHYS 121, 126, or 141 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative/Breadth-Science.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Jean-Francois Caron
Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 3182, Burnaby
D101 Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
BLU 10901, Burnaby
D102 Tu 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
BLU 10901, Burnaby
D103 Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
BLU 11901, Burnaby
D104 Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 5125, Burnaby
D105 Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
RCB 8106, Burnaby
D106 Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 8106, Burnaby
D108 We 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 5050, Burnaby
D109 We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5048, Burnaby
D110 We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
RCB 5125, Burnaby
D111 We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5036, Burnaby
D112 We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
RCB 7105, Burnaby
D113 We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 8105, Burnaby
D114 We 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
RCB 8106, Burnaby
PHYS 121 - Optics, Electricity and Magnetism (3)

A general calculus-based introduction to electricity, magnetism and optics. Topics include electricity, magnetism, simple circuits, optics and topics from applied physics. Prerequisite: PHYS 120 or 125 or 140, with a minimum grade of C-, or PHYS 101 with a minimum grade of B. Corequisite: MATH 152 or 155. Recommended Corequisite: PHYS 133. Students with credit for PHYS 102, 126 or 141 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative/Breadth-Science.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Sarah Johnson
Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
RCB IMAGTH, Burnaby
D101 We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 6100, Burnaby
D102 We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5048, Burnaby
D105 Th 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
RCB 6100, Burnaby
D106 Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
TASC2 7201, Burnaby
D107 Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
TASC2 7201, Burnaby
D108 Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
RCB 6122, Burnaby
D110 Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 2120, Burnaby
PHYS 126 - Electricity, Magnetism and Light (3)

An enriched course in electromagnetism for students with good preparation in physics and mathematics. Classical topics such as waves, electricity and magnetism, as well as wave particle duality and the birth of Quantum Mechanics, will be given a much more sophisticated treatment than in our other first year courses. Prerequisite: PHYS 125 with a minimum grade of C- or permission of the department. Corequisite: MATH 152. Recommended Corequisite: PHYS 133. Students with credit in PHYS 102, 121 or 141 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Steve Dodge
Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
SWH 10051, Burnaby
D101 Steve Dodge
We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SSCP 9412, Burnaby
PHYS 141 - Studio Physics - Optics, Electricity and Magnetism (4)

A general calculus-based introduction to electricity, magnetism and optics taught in an integrated lecture-laboratory environment. Topics include electricity, magnetism, simple circuits, optics and topics from applied physics. Prerequisite: PHYS 120 or PHYS 125 or PHYS 140, with a minimum grade of C-, or PHYS 101 with a minimum grade of B. Corequisite: MATH 152 or MATH 155. Students with credit for PHYS 126 or 121 or 102 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative/Breadth-Science.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Daria Ahrensmeier
Mo, We, Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
SRYC 2975, Surrey
D101 Daria Ahrensmeier
Mo 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SRYC 2975, Surrey
D200 Daria Ahrensmeier
Mo, We, Fr 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SRYC 2975, Surrey
D201 Daria Ahrensmeier
Mo 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SRYC 2975, Surrey
LA01 Daria Ahrensmeier
We, Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SRYC 2975, Surrey
LA02 Daria Ahrensmeier
We, Fr 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SRYC 2975, Surrey

Students are encouraged to complete all lower division requirements before registering for upper division courses. Students who intend to apply for medical, dental, veterinary, or other professional program may need additional courses and are encouraged to consult with the Biological Sciences Undergraduate Advisor.

Upper Division Requirements

Students complete a minimum of 12 upper division courses (a minimum of 36 units), consisting of three core courses plus nine concentration specific courses, as specified below. Once students have completed their lower division requirements, they should meet with the Undergraduate Advisor to declare their concentration. Students must obtain a C- or better on all Upper Division Requirements.

All students complete three core courses, as follows.

BISC 300 - Evolution (3)

The phenomenon of organic evolution, and the major forces leading to changes in allele frequencies over time, i.e. natural selection and genetic drift. Topics include adaptation, speciation, the origin of life, and the major evolutionary trends over geological time. Prerequisite: BISC 202 with a grade of C- or better. Recommended: BISC 204. Students with credit for BISC 400 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Eddie Pokrishevsky
Mo, We, Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
SWH 10041, Burnaby
D101 Mo 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5028, Burnaby
D102 Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5017, Burnaby
D104 Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5027, Burnaby
D105 Fr 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
RCB 6101, Burnaby
BISC 333 - Developmental Biology (3)

Classical and modern experimental approaches will be described for understanding development of embryos of several species having common and distinctive features. These approaches are at the organismal, cellular, molecular and genetic levels. Prerequisite: BISC 202, MBB 222, MBB 231 with a grade of C- or better.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Sherryl Bisgrove
Mo 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
We, Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SWH 10041, Burnaby
SWH 10041, Burnaby
D101 Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
BLU 11911, Burnaby
D102 Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SWH 10075, Burnaby
D104 Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5009, Burnaby

and at least one of

BISC 303 - Microbiology (4)

The biology of micro-organisms and their significance in the understanding of cellular processes. Students are required to come into the lab on average of two hours per week in addition to the four hour scheduled lab each week for project work. Prerequisite: BISC 102 and MBB 231 with a grade of C- or better.

BISC 306 - Invertebrate Biology (4)

An introduction to selected invertebrate phyla with an emphasis on functional morphology, diversity and ecology. Prerequisite: BISC 101, 102 and 204 with a grade of C- or better.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Mike Hart
Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
Th 9:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 3003, Burnaby
AQ 3149, Burnaby
LAB1 Erin Barley
Tu 1:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SSCB 8225, Burnaby
LAB2 Erin Barley
We 1:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SSCB 8225, Burnaby
LAB3 Erin Barley
Th 1:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SSCB 8225, Burnaby
LAB4 Fr 1:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SSCB 8225, Burnaby
BISC 316 - Vertebrate Biology (4)

A review of the evolution and the taxonomy of the vertebrate classes. A comparative study of their organ systems and functions with particular reference to reproduction. A comparison of the functional morphology of some species by laboratory dissections. Prerequisite: BISC 101 and 102 with a grade of C- or better.

BISC 317 - Insect Biology (3)

Life histories, bionomics, comparative morphology, and classification of insects and related organisms. A collection may be required, depending on instructor. Prerequisite: BISC 101 and 102 with a grade of C- or better.

BISC 318 - Parasitology (3)

Ecology and phylogeny of animal parasites (from protozoa to helminthes), including those of humans, domestic animals and wildlife. Parasite success, host-parasite interactions, general epidemiological principles of parasitic infections, and reproductive strategies used by parasites to increase the likelihood of transmission as well as host responses and medical options for past and current parasite problems. Prerequisite: BISC 101 and 102, and 204 or HSCI 212 with a grade of C- or better and completion of 60 units. Recommended: BISC 300 and 306. Students who have taken BISC 418 Parasitology may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Tammy McMullan
Tu 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
Th 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
BLU 10011, Burnaby
WMC 3210, Burnaby
LAB1 Tammy Mcmullan
Tu 1:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SSCB 8214, Burnaby
LAB2 Tammy Mcmullan
We 1:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SSCB 8214, Burnaby
BISC 327 - Algal Biology (4)

A survey of the major groups of algae, including cyanobacteria and other microscopic algae, seaweeds and freshwater algae. Addresses aspects of evolution, taxonomy, ecology, anatomy, life history, and the importance of algae in our lives. The course includes labs and a weekend field trip to the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre. Prerequisite: BISC 101 and 102, both with a grade of C- or better. Students who have taken BISC 326 first may not then take this course for further credit.

BISC 328 - Fungal Biology and Ecology (3)

An overview of the fungi including their identification and ecological roles, with emphasis on molds and mushrooms. Topics include: identification using morphological and molecular techniques, roles in natural and agricultural ecosystems, and the uses and detrimental effects of fungi in food production and medicine. Lab course. Prerequisite: BISC 101 and 102, both with a grade of C- or better. Recommended: BISC 204. Students who have taken BISC 326 first may not then take this course for further credit.

BISC 337 - Plant Biology (4)

An introductory course covering many aspects of plant biology including the origin and evolution of plants, basic anatomy, plant growth and development and the utilization and impact of plants in human society. Prerequisite: BISC 101 and 102 with a grade of C- or better.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Miranda Meents
Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
WMC 2200, Burnaby
LAB1 Miranda Meents
Tu 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSB 8173, Burnaby
LAB2 Miranda Meents
We 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSB 8173, Burnaby
LAB3 Miranda Meents
Th 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSB 8173, Burnaby

Cells, Molecules, and Physiology (CMP) Concentration

This concentration is for students who wish to specialize in Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, and Physiology. The program provides flexibility for students to pursue their interests across these disciplines.

Students who choose this concentration will complete two of the following techniques courses

BISC 302W - Genetic Analysis (3)

Discussion and manipulations of some of the organisms and techniques applicable to genetic analysis. Students are required to come into the lab on average of two hours per week in addition to the four hour scheduled lab each week for project work. Prerequisite: BISC 202 with a grade of C- or better. Students with credit for BISC 302 may not take this course for further credit. Writing.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Kathleen Fitzpatrick
Tu, Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 3003, Burnaby
LAB1 Kathleen Fitzpatrick
Tu 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSB 8133, Burnaby
LAB2 Kathleen Fitzpatrick
We 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSB 8133, Burnaby
LAB3 Kathleen Fitzpatrick
Th 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSB 8133, Burnaby
BISC 303 - Microbiology (4)

The biology of micro-organisms and their significance in the understanding of cellular processes. Students are required to come into the lab on average of two hours per week in addition to the four hour scheduled lab each week for project work. Prerequisite: BISC 102 and MBB 231 with a grade of C- or better.

BISC 357 - Genetic Engineering (4)

Techniques in gene cloning and the evaluation of gene function are introduced in lectures and practiced in labs. Lab exercises include genomic DNA, RNA, and plasmid purification; PCR; various cloning techniques; and construction of novel genes. Students are introduced to additional techniques in lectures including gene editing, and genome sequencing. Prerequisite: BISC 202, MBB 222, and MBB 231, all with a grade of C- or better. Recommended: MBB 331. Students with credit for MBB 308 may not take this course for further credit.

BPK 408W - Cellular Physiology Laboratory (4)

An advanced laboratory course in cellular physiological techniques providing students with theoretical and practical training in cellular physiology laboratory techniques such as DNA and RNA manipulation and quantification, immunofluorescence imaging of protein expression, tissue contraction studies and recording of nerve action potentials and modulation. Prerequisite: STAT 201 and BPK 305 for BPK majors or STAT 201 and one of BISC 305, 405, or 455 with a C- or better for BISC majors. Enrollment of non-BPK and non-BISC majors require permission of the instructor. Writing.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Agata Becalska
Mo 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 3159, Burnaby
D102 We 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSB 8169, Burnaby
D103 Th 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSB 8169, Burnaby

and at least five additional stream electives from

BISC 302W - Genetic Analysis (3)

Discussion and manipulations of some of the organisms and techniques applicable to genetic analysis. Students are required to come into the lab on average of two hours per week in addition to the four hour scheduled lab each week for project work. Prerequisite: BISC 202 with a grade of C- or better. Students with credit for BISC 302 may not take this course for further credit. Writing.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Kathleen Fitzpatrick
Tu, Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 3003, Burnaby
LAB1 Kathleen Fitzpatrick
Tu 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSB 8133, Burnaby
LAB2 Kathleen Fitzpatrick
We 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSB 8133, Burnaby
LAB3 Kathleen Fitzpatrick
Th 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSB 8133, Burnaby
BISC 303 - Microbiology (4)

The biology of micro-organisms and their significance in the understanding of cellular processes. Students are required to come into the lab on average of two hours per week in addition to the four hour scheduled lab each week for project work. Prerequisite: BISC 102 and MBB 231 with a grade of C- or better.

BISC 305 - Animal Physiology (3)

A study of major physiological systems, with an emphasis on understanding the physics underpinning physiological mechanisms. Prerequisite: BISC 205 (or BPK 205) and MBB 231 with a grade of C- or better.

BISC 313 - Environmental Toxicology: A Mechanistic Perspective (3)

Students are introduced to general principles of toxicological action, testing, evaluation and assessment. The environmental fate and toxic mechanisms of action of several important classes of environmental pollutants in several organisms (including humans) will be examined at different levels of organization, from the molecular and biochemical to the function of organ systems and behavior. Prerequisite: BISC 101 and one of BISC 204, GEOG 215, or MBB 231; all with a grade of C- or better.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Chris Kennedy
Mo, We, Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 3150, Burnaby
D101 Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 3513, Burnaby
D102 Fr 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
RCB 5125, Burnaby
D103 Fr 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 5125, Burnaby
BISC 357 - Genetic Engineering (4)

Techniques in gene cloning and the evaluation of gene function are introduced in lectures and practiced in labs. Lab exercises include genomic DNA, RNA, and plasmid purification; PCR; various cloning techniques; and construction of novel genes. Students are introduced to additional techniques in lectures including gene editing, and genome sequencing. Prerequisite: BISC 202, MBB 222, and MBB 231, all with a grade of C- or better. Recommended: MBB 331. Students with credit for MBB 308 may not take this course for further credit.

BISC 366 - Plant Physiology (3)

The plant's physical environment and the physiological basis (mechanisms and principles) of the interaction between plants and their environment in relation to their survival and ecological distribution. Prerequisite: BISC 205 and MBB 231 with a grade of C- or better.

BISC 403 - Current Topics in Cell Biology (3)

The lectures will explore two or three major themes in current cell biology, such as cell motility, the cell cycle, and cellular signalling. A critical component of the course is to develop an understanding of the experimental basis of our knowledge about cells. Prerequisite: MBB 222, 231 with C- or better, and completion of 75 units, or completion of BISC 305 or 366 with a C- or better. Students with credit for BISC 372 under this topic may not take this course for further credit.

BISC 405 - Neurobiology (3)

Neuroscience, focusing on physiological, cellular and molecular mechanisms. Topics include: cellular and subcellular organization of the nervous system, electrical properties of neurons, ion channels, synaptic transmission, sensory systems, learning and memory, neurodegenerative diseases. Prerequisite: BISC 205 or BPK 205 and MBB 231 with a grade of C- or better. Students who have completed BISC 472 under the title 'Neurobiology' may not complete BISC 405 for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Gordon Rintoul
Nadine Wicks
Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
Fr 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 3005, Burnaby
AQ 3005, Burnaby
D101 Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5016, Burnaby
D102 Tu 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
AQ 5016, Burnaby
D103 Fr 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5006, Burnaby
D104 Fr 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5006, Burnaby
BISC 421 - Models in Biology: From Molecules to Migration (3)

Students are introduced to models and simulations for biological systems at the ecosystem, organismal, cellular, and molecular levels. They will discover how to design and use models, and will then apply these skills to build their own model using basic mathematical tools, Excel, and Matlab. Prerequisite: MATH 150 or 151, and 152 both with a grade of C+ or better, or MATH 154 and 155 both with a grade of B or better; and at least 60 units; or permission of the instructor. Recommended: A 100-level biology course. Students who have taken Special Topics course BISC 475 "Movement, Molecules, and Models" may not take BISC 421 for further credit. Quantitative.

BISC 423 - Developmental Neurobiology (3)

All aspects of neuronal development from the specification of neurons in the early embryo to the formation and maturation of neuronal circuits. Both invertebrate and vertebrate model organisms will be studied with emphasis on the molecular basis of nervous system development. Prerequisite: BISC 101, BISC 102, BISC 202, MBB 222, MBB 231; all with a grade of C- or better. Recommended: BISC 333 or MBB 331. Students with credit for MBB 444 may not take this course for further credit. Students who have taken Special Topics BISC 472 or BISC 474 Nervous System Development may not take this course for further credit.

BISC 424 - Applied Genomics (3)

The course provides an overview of "omics" methods in large-scale identification of gene functions in various organisms, and demonstrates how this knowledge can be applied in genomics fields, including plant and animal breeding. Prerequisite: BISC 101, BISC 102, BISC 202, MBB 222, MBB 231, and either BISC 357 or MBB 331; all with a grade of C- or better. Students who have taken Special Topics BISC 471 Applied Genomics may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Jim Mattsson
Mo, We, Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5016, Burnaby
D101 Mo 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 3253, Burnaby
BISC 425 - Sensory Biology (3)

This course will examine the basic physiological mechanisms underlying various senses including vision, audition, olfaction, gustation, and touch. Non-mamalian senses like polarization sensitivity and mechanoreception will also be explored. Lectures will combine concepts from physics, systems neuroscience, cell and molecular biology, and behaviour. The aim is to present an overview of the major sensory mechanisms underlying animal behaviour. Prerequisite: BISC 205 (or BPK 205) and MBB 231 with a grade of C- or better. Students who have taken special topics courses BISC 471 or 473 with the title "Sensory Biology" may not take this course for further credit.

BISC 428 - Cell Anatomy (3)

This course provides students with an advanced, detailed understanding of a variety of cell biological topics with particular attention given to the cytoskeleton, intercellular junctions, vesicle trafficking and post-translational modifications of proteins associated with those topics. Students will also be exposed to the history of cell biology throughout the course. Prerequisite: BISC 101, BISC 102, MBB 222 and MBB 231, all with a minimum grade of C-. Students who have completed BISC 472 under the title "Advanced Cell Biology" may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Julian Guttman
Mo, We, Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 3003, Burnaby
BISC 430 - Microbe-Plant Interactions (3)

Interactions between major groups of microbes (including fungi, bacteria, viruses, phytoplasmas and viroids) with higher plants, including the chemical signals which trigger the onset of recognition events that result in a parasitic or mutualistic relationship, and the mechanisms of plant defense. Prerequisite: MBB 231 and at least one of BISC 303, BISC 328, BISC 337, or BISC 366, both with a grade of C- or better.

BISC 445 - Environmental Physiology of Animals (3)

A discussion of the physiological mechanisms and adaptations which permit animals to live in diverse environments. The course will adopt a comparative approach to physiology. Prerequisite: BISC 205 and MBB 231 with a grade of C- or better.

BISC 455 - Endocrinology (3)

A study of endocrine organs and their role in integrating physiological functions in animals. Prerequisite: BISC 205, MBB 231 and one of BISC 306 or BISC 316 with a grade of C- or better.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Tony Williams
Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5016, Burnaby
D101 Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 6122, Burnaby
D102 Fr 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
RCB 6122, Burnaby
BISC 457 - Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (3)

An introduction to plant molecular biology and the techniques, applications and issues of plant genetic engineering. Prerequisite: MBB 222, MBB 231 with a grade of C- or better.

BISC 471 - Special Topics in Cells, Molecules and Physiology (3)

Special Topics in Cells, Molecules and Physiology not currently offered in the Department of Biological Science. Prerequisite: To be announced.

BISC 472 - Special Topics in Cells, Molecules and Physiology (3)

Selected topics in areas not currently offered within the undergraduate course offerings in the Department of Biological Sciences. Prerequisite: To be announced.

BISC 475 - Special Topics in Biology (3)

Selected topics not currently offered in the Department of Biological Sciences. Prerequisite: To be announced.

BISC 497W - Undergraduate Research: Writing Intensive (3)

Directed study, and research or scientific communication, in an area of biology or biological pedagogy. A student may enroll in this course only with prior written agreement of a faculty member to act as a research supervisor, who will also provide instruction and feedback on the writing and presentation of results from the research. Prerequisite: Completion of lower division course requirements. Writing.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 TBD
BISC 498 - Undergraduate Research I (3)

Directed study, and research or scientific communication, in an area of biology or biological pedagogy. A student may enroll in this course only with prior written agreement of a faculty member to act as a research supervisor. Prerequisite: Completion of lower division course requirements.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 TBD
BISC 499 - Undergraduate Research II (3)

Directed study, and research or scientific communication, in an area of biology or biological pedagogy. A student may enroll in this course only with prior written agreement of a faculty member to act as a research supervisor. Prerequisite: Completion of lower division course requirements.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 TBD
BPK 408W - Cellular Physiology Laboratory (4)

An advanced laboratory course in cellular physiological techniques providing students with theoretical and practical training in cellular physiology laboratory techniques such as DNA and RNA manipulation and quantification, immunofluorescence imaging of protein expression, tissue contraction studies and recording of nerve action potentials and modulation. Prerequisite: STAT 201 and BPK 305 for BPK majors or STAT 201 and one of BISC 305, 405, or 455 with a C- or better for BISC majors. Enrollment of non-BPK and non-BISC majors require permission of the instructor. Writing.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Agata Becalska
Mo 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 3159, Burnaby
D102 We 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSB 8169, Burnaby
D103 Th 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSB 8169, Burnaby

and two upper division elective courses (minimum of six units) from BISC, BPK, HSCI, MBB, PHYS, or STAT, subject to approval by the department. Normally no more than two research intensive courses (such as BISC 497W, 498, or 499) may be used to satisfy stream requirements. Students complete a total of five lab courses (which may include one of BISC 497W, 498, 499) among their upper division courses. A minimum of 3 CMP stream courses must be at the 400 level.

Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation (EEC) Concentration

This concentration integrates theoretical and applied approaches to Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation. Students interested in obtaining additional field biology experience may also take courses at Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre, listed under Marine Sciences (MASC) in the course calendar. The EEC concentration is accredited by the College of Applied Biology (see the Biological Sciences website for details).

Students who choose this concentration will complete both

STAT 302 - Analysis of Experimental and Observational Data (3)

The standard techniques of multiple regression analysis, analysis of variance, and analysis of covariance, and their role in observational and experimental studies. This course may not be used to satisfy the upper division requirements of the following programs: statistics major, statistics honours, actuarial science major, and actuarial science honours. Prerequisite: One of STAT 201, STAT 203, STAT 205, STAT 270, BUS 232, or ECON 233, with a minimum grade of C-. Students who have taken STAT 350 first may not then take the course for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Owen Ward
Mo 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
SSCB 9200, Burnaby
SSCB 9200, Burnaby
OL01 Distance Education
OP01 TBD
BISC 360W - Techniques in Ecology and Evolution (3)

A practical lab- and field-based introduction to techniques in ecology and evolution. Students will collect, analyze, and interpret data, using appropriate experimental design and statistical methods. Specific topics include: sampling and describing communities, evaluating spatial patterns, investigating animal behaviour, population estimation, estimating competition, and phylogenetic inference. Prerequisite: BISC 202, BISC 204 (or GEOG 215), and STAT 201, all with C- or better. Students who have taken BISC 404 Plant Ecology may not take BISC 360 for further credit. Writing.

and at least one additional organismal course from

BISC 306 - Invertebrate Biology (4)

An introduction to selected invertebrate phyla with an emphasis on functional morphology, diversity and ecology. Prerequisite: BISC 101, 102 and 204 with a grade of C- or better.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Mike Hart
Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
Th 9:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 3003, Burnaby
AQ 3149, Burnaby
LAB1 Erin Barley
Tu 1:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SSCB 8225, Burnaby
LAB2 Erin Barley
We 1:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SSCB 8225, Burnaby
LAB3 Erin Barley
Th 1:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SSCB 8225, Burnaby
LAB4 Fr 1:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SSCB 8225, Burnaby
BISC 316 - Vertebrate Biology (4)

A review of the evolution and the taxonomy of the vertebrate classes. A comparative study of their organ systems and functions with particular reference to reproduction. A comparison of the functional morphology of some species by laboratory dissections. Prerequisite: BISC 101 and 102 with a grade of C- or better.

BISC 317 - Insect Biology (3)

Life histories, bionomics, comparative morphology, and classification of insects and related organisms. A collection may be required, depending on instructor. Prerequisite: BISC 101 and 102 with a grade of C- or better.

BISC 327 - Algal Biology (4)

A survey of the major groups of algae, including cyanobacteria and other microscopic algae, seaweeds and freshwater algae. Addresses aspects of evolution, taxonomy, ecology, anatomy, life history, and the importance of algae in our lives. The course includes labs and a weekend field trip to the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre. Prerequisite: BISC 101 and 102, both with a grade of C- or better. Students who have taken BISC 326 first may not then take this course for further credit.

BISC 328 - Fungal Biology and Ecology (3)

An overview of the fungi including their identification and ecological roles, with emphasis on molds and mushrooms. Topics include: identification using morphological and molecular techniques, roles in natural and agricultural ecosystems, and the uses and detrimental effects of fungi in food production and medicine. Lab course. Prerequisite: BISC 101 and 102, both with a grade of C- or better. Recommended: BISC 204. Students who have taken BISC 326 first may not then take this course for further credit.

BISC 337 - Plant Biology (4)

An introductory course covering many aspects of plant biology including the origin and evolution of plants, basic anatomy, plant growth and development and the utilization and impact of plants in human society. Prerequisite: BISC 101 and 102 with a grade of C- or better.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Miranda Meents
Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
WMC 2200, Burnaby
LAB1 Miranda Meents
Tu 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSB 8173, Burnaby
LAB2 Miranda Meents
We 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSB 8173, Burnaby
LAB3 Miranda Meents
Th 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSB 8173, Burnaby

and at least one applied course from

BISC 308 - Environmental Toxicology: An Ecological Perspective (3)

Students are introduced to the major environmental toxicants, their sources, and interactions with terrestrial and aquatic environments. Through historical and current case studies of environmental toxicants, this course will provide an understanding of the basic principles of environmental toxicology particularly as they apply to populations, communities and ecosystems. Prerequisite: BISC 101, BISC 102, and either BISC 204 or GEOG 215, all with C- or better. Students who have taken BISC 312, or special topics course BISC 473 with the title "Introduction to Environmental Toxicology", may not take this course for further credit.

BISC 309 - Conservation Biology (3)

An examination of the primary threats to biodiversity, how biological processes contribute to the persistence of populations and structure of communities, and species and landscape approaches to conservation in the real world. Prerequisite: BISC 204 with a grade of C- or better. Students who have taken BISC 474 in Spring 2006 or BISC 475 in Spring 2008 as special topics courses titled 'Conservation Ecology' cannot take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Nick Dulvy
Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5016, Burnaby
BLU 10021, Burnaby
D101 Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5050, Burnaby
D102 Fr 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5017, Burnaby
D103 Fr 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5038, Burnaby
BISC 413 - Fisheries Ecology (3)

Fisheries from an ecological point of view, whereby the principles of population dynamics, behaviour, competition and predator-prey relationships are applied to conservation and management of the world's fisheries. Prerequisite: BISC 204 with a grade of C- or better. Students who have taken BISC 472 with the title "Fisheries Ecology" may not take this course for further credit.

BISC 435 - Introduction to Pest Management (3)

Survey of the natures, causes and consequences of pest problems and of the natural and applied factors and processes that determine their occurrence and intensity. Prerequisite: BISC 204 with a grade of C- or better.

and at least two conceptual courses from

BISC 407 - Population Dynamics (3)

An evaluation of factors influencing the natural fluctuation and regulation of plant and animal population numbers. Prerequisite: BISC 102 and either BISC 204 or GEOG 215, all with a grade of C- or better.

BISC 410 - Behavioral Ecology (3)

An introduction to the evolution of behavior and its adaptiveness in a natural context. Prerequisite: BISC 102 and either BISC 204 or GEOG 215, all with a grade of C- or better.

BISC 420 - Community Ecology (3)

This course will examine the importance of species interactions that occur in ecological communities and the role of biotic and abiotic, natural and anthropogenic processes that underpin large-scale patterns of biodiversity. The course will provide a strong conceptual framework in community ecology with a focus on hypothesis development, alternative methodological approaches, the interpretation of data, and the synthesis of information across studies. Prerequisite: BISC 204 or GEOG 215; with a grade of C- or better. Students who have completed BISC 304 or BISC 404 may not take BISC 420 for further credit.

BISC 422 - Population Genetics (3)

Theoretical and experimental aspects of inheritance at the population level. Topics include Hardy-Weinberg, one- and two-locus selection theory, introduction to quantitative genetics, and Fisher's fundamental theorem of natural selection. Prerequisite: BISC 202 with a grade of C- or better and STAT 201.

BISC 440W - Biodiversity (3)

The production and organization of biodiversity (investigations of species, and an in-depth look at taxonomy, systematics and phylogenetics). Evolutionary and ecological theories behind the patterns of biodiversity (the current and future geographic distribution of species, and how biodiversity is related to ecosystem function). The values society gives biodiversity (how our values are reflected in law and regulation). Prerequisite: BISC 300, STAT 201 or equivalent, both with C or better, plus 75 units. Students with credit for BISC 440 may not repeat this course for further credit. Writing.

and at least three additional stream electives from

BISC 305 - Animal Physiology (3)

A study of major physiological systems, with an emphasis on understanding the physics underpinning physiological mechanisms. Prerequisite: BISC 205 (or BPK 205) and MBB 231 with a grade of C- or better.

BISC 308 - Environmental Toxicology: An Ecological Perspective (3)

Students are introduced to the major environmental toxicants, their sources, and interactions with terrestrial and aquatic environments. Through historical and current case studies of environmental toxicants, this course will provide an understanding of the basic principles of environmental toxicology particularly as they apply to populations, communities and ecosystems. Prerequisite: BISC 101, BISC 102, and either BISC 204 or GEOG 215, all with C- or better. Students who have taken BISC 312, or special topics course BISC 473 with the title "Introduction to Environmental Toxicology", may not take this course for further credit.

BISC 309 - Conservation Biology (3)

An examination of the primary threats to biodiversity, how biological processes contribute to the persistence of populations and structure of communities, and species and landscape approaches to conservation in the real world. Prerequisite: BISC 204 with a grade of C- or better. Students who have taken BISC 474 in Spring 2006 or BISC 475 in Spring 2008 as special topics courses titled 'Conservation Ecology' cannot take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Nick Dulvy
Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5016, Burnaby
BLU 10021, Burnaby
D101 Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5050, Burnaby
D102 Fr 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5017, Burnaby
D103 Fr 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5038, Burnaby
BISC 366 - Plant Physiology (3)

The plant's physical environment and the physiological basis (mechanisms and principles) of the interaction between plants and their environment in relation to their survival and ecological distribution. Prerequisite: BISC 205 and MBB 231 with a grade of C- or better.

BISC 407 - Population Dynamics (3)

An evaluation of factors influencing the natural fluctuation and regulation of plant and animal population numbers. Prerequisite: BISC 102 and either BISC 204 or GEOG 215, all with a grade of C- or better.

BISC 410 - Behavioral Ecology (3)

An introduction to the evolution of behavior and its adaptiveness in a natural context. Prerequisite: BISC 102 and either BISC 204 or GEOG 215, all with a grade of C- or better.

BISC 412 - Aquatic Ecology (3)

The scientific study of marine and freshwater ecosystems. Through a combination of lecture and field/lab components, the course will examine a combination of fundamental concepts of aquatic ecology as well as challenges posed to these ecosystems by environmental change. Students will gain hands-on experience with data collection, analysis, and communication. Prerequisite: BISC 101, BISC 102, and either BISC 204 or GEOG 215; all with a grade of C- or better. Students who have completed Special Topics BISC 473 Aquatic Ecology may not take this course for further credit.

BISC 413 - Fisheries Ecology (3)

Fisheries from an ecological point of view, whereby the principles of population dynamics, behaviour, competition and predator-prey relationships are applied to conservation and management of the world's fisheries. Prerequisite: BISC 204 with a grade of C- or better. Students who have taken BISC 472 with the title "Fisheries Ecology" may not take this course for further credit.

BISC 414 - Limnology (3)

An integrated examination of biological, chemical and physical processes in lakes and running water ecosystems. Interactions among biological, chemical and physical controls on the structure, function and dynamics of aquatic ecosystems are emphasized. Environmental problems resulting from human disturbances to aquatic ecosystems are examined. Prerequisite: 75 units of credit in a science program, including BISC 204 with a grade of C- or better or GEOG 215, or permission of the instructor.

BISC 420 - Community Ecology (3)

This course will examine the importance of species interactions that occur in ecological communities and the role of biotic and abiotic, natural and anthropogenic processes that underpin large-scale patterns of biodiversity. The course will provide a strong conceptual framework in community ecology with a focus on hypothesis development, alternative methodological approaches, the interpretation of data, and the synthesis of information across studies. Prerequisite: BISC 204 or GEOG 215; with a grade of C- or better. Students who have completed BISC 304 or BISC 404 may not take BISC 420 for further credit.

BISC 421 - Models in Biology: From Molecules to Migration (3)

Students are introduced to models and simulations for biological systems at the ecosystem, organismal, cellular, and molecular levels. They will discover how to design and use models, and will then apply these skills to build their own model using basic mathematical tools, Excel, and Matlab. Prerequisite: MATH 150 or 151, and 152 both with a grade of C+ or better, or MATH 154 and 155 both with a grade of B or better; and at least 60 units; or permission of the instructor. Recommended: A 100-level biology course. Students who have taken Special Topics course BISC 475 "Movement, Molecules, and Models" may not take BISC 421 for further credit. Quantitative.

BISC 422 - Population Genetics (3)

Theoretical and experimental aspects of inheritance at the population level. Topics include Hardy-Weinberg, one- and two-locus selection theory, introduction to quantitative genetics, and Fisher's fundamental theorem of natural selection. Prerequisite: BISC 202 with a grade of C- or better and STAT 201.

BISC 435 - Introduction to Pest Management (3)

Survey of the natures, causes and consequences of pest problems and of the natural and applied factors and processes that determine their occurrence and intensity. Prerequisite: BISC 204 with a grade of C- or better.

BISC 440W - Biodiversity (3)

The production and organization of biodiversity (investigations of species, and an in-depth look at taxonomy, systematics and phylogenetics). Evolutionary and ecological theories behind the patterns of biodiversity (the current and future geographic distribution of species, and how biodiversity is related to ecosystem function). The values society gives biodiversity (how our values are reflected in law and regulation). Prerequisite: BISC 300, STAT 201 or equivalent, both with C or better, plus 75 units. Students with credit for BISC 440 may not repeat this course for further credit. Writing.

BISC 441 - Evolution of Health and Disease (3)

Application of the principles and theories of evolution and ecology to the study of health and disease, with a particular but not exclusive emphasis on humans. Topics to be covered include the evolutionary ecology of infectious disease, the immune system, cancer, senescence, fetal programming, and the genetic/environmental bases of disease. The course will involve a combination of lectures by the primary faculty member teaching the course, discussions, student research projects (papers, written and revised, and presentations to the class), and specialist guest lectures. Prerequisite: BISC 202 or 204 with a grade of C- or better. Recommended: BISC 300.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Bernard Crespi
Mo 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5037, Burnaby
AQ 5037, Burnaby
BISC 445 - Environmental Physiology of Animals (3)

A discussion of the physiological mechanisms and adaptations which permit animals to live in diverse environments. The course will adopt a comparative approach to physiology. Prerequisite: BISC 205 and MBB 231 with a grade of C- or better.

BISC 473 - Special Topics in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation (3)

Selected topics in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation not currently offered in the Department of Biological Science. Prerequisite: To be announced.

BISC 474 - Special Topics in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation (3)

Selected topics in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation not currently offered in the Department of Biological Science. Prerequisite: To be announced.

BISC 497W - Undergraduate Research: Writing Intensive (3)

Directed study, and research or scientific communication, in an area of biology or biological pedagogy. A student may enroll in this course only with prior written agreement of a faculty member to act as a research supervisor, who will also provide instruction and feedback on the writing and presentation of results from the research. Prerequisite: Completion of lower division course requirements. Writing.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 TBD
BISC 498 - Undergraduate Research I (3)

Directed study, and research or scientific communication, in an area of biology or biological pedagogy. A student may enroll in this course only with prior written agreement of a faculty member to act as a research supervisor. Prerequisite: Completion of lower division course requirements.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 TBD
BISC 499 - Undergraduate Research II (3)

Directed study, and research or scientific communication, in an area of biology or biological pedagogy. A student may enroll in this course only with prior written agreement of a faculty member to act as a research supervisor. Prerequisite: Completion of lower division course requirements.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 TBD

Courses from other units such as the Faculty of Environment and MASC courses may count as options toward these stream electives, subject to approval by the department. Students complete a total of five lab courses (which may include one of BISC 497W, 498, 499) among their upper division courses.

Open Concentration

This concentration allows students to build their own program and combine interests spanning the full diversity of courses offered in the Department.

Students who choose this concentration will complete one of the following techniques courses

BISC 302W - Genetic Analysis (3)

Discussion and manipulations of some of the organisms and techniques applicable to genetic analysis. Students are required to come into the lab on average of two hours per week in addition to the four hour scheduled lab each week for project work. Prerequisite: BISC 202 with a grade of C- or better. Students with credit for BISC 302 may not take this course for further credit. Writing.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Kathleen Fitzpatrick
Tu, Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 3003, Burnaby
LAB1 Kathleen Fitzpatrick
Tu 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSB 8133, Burnaby
LAB2 Kathleen Fitzpatrick
We 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSB 8133, Burnaby
LAB3 Kathleen Fitzpatrick
Th 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSB 8133, Burnaby
BISC 303 - Microbiology (4)

The biology of micro-organisms and their significance in the understanding of cellular processes. Students are required to come into the lab on average of two hours per week in addition to the four hour scheduled lab each week for project work. Prerequisite: BISC 102 and MBB 231 with a grade of C- or better.

BISC 357 - Genetic Engineering (4)

Techniques in gene cloning and the evaluation of gene function are introduced in lectures and practiced in labs. Lab exercises include genomic DNA, RNA, and plasmid purification; PCR; various cloning techniques; and construction of novel genes. Students are introduced to additional techniques in lectures including gene editing, and genome sequencing. Prerequisite: BISC 202, MBB 222, and MBB 231, all with a grade of C- or better. Recommended: MBB 331. Students with credit for MBB 308 may not take this course for further credit.

BISC 360W - Techniques in Ecology and Evolution (3)

A practical lab- and field-based introduction to techniques in ecology and evolution. Students will collect, analyze, and interpret data, using appropriate experimental design and statistical methods. Specific topics include: sampling and describing communities, evaluating spatial patterns, investigating animal behaviour, population estimation, estimating competition, and phylogenetic inference. Prerequisite: BISC 202, BISC 204 (or GEOG 215), and STAT 201, all with C- or better. Students who have taken BISC 404 Plant Ecology may not take BISC 360 for further credit. Writing.

BPK 408W - Cellular Physiology Laboratory (4)

An advanced laboratory course in cellular physiological techniques providing students with theoretical and practical training in cellular physiology laboratory techniques such as DNA and RNA manipulation and quantification, immunofluorescence imaging of protein expression, tissue contraction studies and recording of nerve action potentials and modulation. Prerequisite: STAT 201 and BPK 305 for BPK majors or STAT 201 and one of BISC 305, 405, or 455 with a C- or better for BISC majors. Enrollment of non-BPK and non-BISC majors require permission of the instructor. Writing.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Agata Becalska
Mo 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 3159, Burnaby
D102 We 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSB 8169, Burnaby
D103 Th 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSB 8169, Burnaby

and an additional 8 upper division BISC courses (totaling a minimum of 24 units). Students may substitute up to 2 upper division courses from other units (e.g., BPK, FENV, HSCI, MASC, MBB, PHYS, or STAT), subject to approval by the department. Normally no more than two research intensive courses (such as BISC 497W, 498, or 499) may be used to satisfy stream requirements. Students complete a total of five lab courses (which may include one of BISC 497W, 498, 499) among their upper division courses. A minimum of 3 BISC courses must be at the 400 level.

University Degree Requirements

Students must also satisfy University degree requirements for degree completion.

Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements

Students admitted to Simon Fraser University beginning in the fall 2006 term must meet writing, quantitative and breadth requirements as part of any degree program they may undertake. See Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements for university-wide information.

WQB Graduation Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required to earn W, Q or B credit

Requirement

Units

Notes
W - Writing

6

Must include at least one upper division course, taken at Simon Fraser University within the student’s major subject
Q - Quantitative

6

Q courses may be lower or upper division
B - Breadth

18

Designated Breadth Must be outside the student’s major subject, and may be lower or upper division
6 units Social Sciences: B-Soc
6 units Humanities: B-Hum
6 units Sciences: B-Sci

6

Additional Breadth 6 units outside the student’s major subject (may or may not be B-designated courses, and will likely help fulfil individual degree program requirements)

Students choosing to complete a joint major, joint honours, double major, two extended minors, an extended minor and a minor, or two minors may satisfy the breadth requirements (designated or not designated) with courses completed in either one or both program areas.

 

Residency Requirements and Transfer Credit

  • At least half of the program's total units must be earned through Simon Fraser University study.
  • At least two thirds of the program's total upper division units must be earned through Simon Fraser University study.

Students who transfer into the Biological Sciences Major from other institutions may count a maximum of 2 transfer courses toward their upper division program requirements. Transfer students are encouraged to meet with the Undergraduate Advisor for further details.