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

Biological Sciences Minor

Program 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 Tu 11:30 AM – 1:20 PM
Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SSCB 8206, Burnaby
WMC 3531, Burnaby
D102 Tu 11:30 AM – 1:20 PM
Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
SSCB 8206, Burnaby
WMC 3251, Burnaby
D103 Tu 11:30 AM – 1:20 PM
Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SSCB 8206, Burnaby
AQ 2122, Burnaby
D104 Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SSCB 8206, Burnaby
RCB 7100, Burnaby
D105 Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
SSCB 8206, Burnaby
WMC 2523, Burnaby
D106 Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SSCB 8206, Burnaby
AQ 5047, Burnaby
D107 We 11:30 AM – 1:20 PM
Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SSCB 8206, Burnaby
SWH 10075, Burnaby
D108 We 11:30 AM – 1:20 PM
Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
SSCB 8206, Burnaby
AQ 2122, Burnaby
D109 We 11:30 AM – 1:20 PM
Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SSCB 8206, Burnaby
WMC 2260, Burnaby
D113 Megan Barker
Tu 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
Th 11:30 AM – 1:20 PM
WMC 3531, Burnaby
SSCB 8206, Burnaby
D114 Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
Th 11:30 AM – 1:20 PM
RCB 6101, Burnaby
RCB 5125, Burnaby
SSCB 8206, Burnaby
D115 Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
Th 11:30 AM – 1:20 PM
BLU 10901, Burnaby
SSCB 8206, Burnaby
D116 Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 6101, Burnaby
SSCB 8206, Burnaby
D117 Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 3251, 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 Tu 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
Th 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
SSCB 8212, Burnaby
AQ 5050, Burnaby
D102 Tu 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
SSCB 8212, Burnaby
AQ 5048, Burnaby
D103 Tu 1:30 PM – 4:20 PM
Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
SSCB 8212, Burnaby
WMC 2521, Burnaby
D104 Tu 1:30 PM – 4:20 PM
Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SSCB 8212, Burnaby
WMC 2523, Burnaby
D105 We 11:30 AM – 2:20 PM
Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
SSCB 8212, Burnaby
AQ 5038, Burnaby
D106 We 11:30 AM – 2:20 PM
Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SSCB 8212, Burnaby
AQ 5038, Burnaby
D107 We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
Fr 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
SSCB 8212, Burnaby
WMC 3251, Burnaby
D109 Tu 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
Th 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5027, Burnaby
SSCB 8212, Burnaby
D110 Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
Th 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5027, Burnaby
SSCB 8212, Burnaby
D111 Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
Th 1:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 2202, Burnaby
SSCB 8212, Burnaby
D112 Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
Th 1:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 3531, Burnaby
SSCB 8212, Burnaby
D113 We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
Fr 11:30 AM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5038, Burnaby
SSCB 8212, Burnaby
D114 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

and at least two of

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
RCB 5125, 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
WMC 3251, Burnaby
D110 Th 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
WMC 3515, 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 5125, Burnaby
D103 Mo 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
RCB 6101, Burnaby
D104 Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
WMC 3517, Burnaby
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 3517, Burnaby
D103 Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 2122, Burnaby
D104 Tu 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
WMC 3517, 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
WMC 3517, Burnaby

and a minimum of 15 units, consisting of five upper division BISC courses (including MASC courses), as approved by the department. Normally no more than two research intensive courses (such as BISC 497W, 498, or 499) may be used to satisfy minor requirements.

Residency Requirements and Transfer Credits

Students who transfer into the Biological Sciences Program from other institutions may count a maximum of 1 transfer course toward their upper division program requirements. Transfer students are encouraged to meet with the Undergraduate Advisor for further details.