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Department of Biological Sciences


B8255 Shrum Science Centre, (604) 291-4475 Tel, (604) 291-3496 Fax,

www.sfu.ca/biology/

Chair

N.H. Haunerland MSc, PhD (Mün)

Professors Emeriti

T. Finlayson BA (Tor)

F.J.F. Fisher BSc, MSc (Cant), PhD (NZ)

J.P.M. Mackauer DrPhilNat (Fran), FESC

L.M. Srivastava BSc, MSc (Alld), PhD (Calif)

A.L. Turnbull BSF, MF (Br Col), DPhil (Oxf)

N.A.M. Verbeek BSc (Br Col), MSc (Montr), PhD (Calif)

W.E. Vidaver AB (San Francisco), PhD (Stan)

J.M. Webster BSc, PhD, DSc (Lond), ARCS, DIC

Professors

L.J. Albright BSc (McG), MSc, PhD (Oregon)

A.T. Beckenbach BSc (Florida Presbyterian), MSc (Flor), PhD (Calif)

J.H. Borden BSc (Wash State), MSc, PhD (Calif), RPF, RPE, FESC

B.P. Brandhorst AB (Harv), PhD (Calif)**

F. Cooke BA, MA, PhD (Camb)

L.M. Dill BSc, MSc, PhD (Br Col)

L.D. Druehl BSc (Wash State), MSc (Wash), PhD (Br Col)

A.P. Farrell BSc (Bath), PhD (Br Col)

F.C.P. Law BSc, MSc (Alta), PhD (Mich)

R.W. Mathewes BSc (S Fraser), PhD (Br Col)

B.A. McKeown BSc (Br Col), PhD (S Fraser)

Z.K. Punja BSc (Br Col), MS, PhD (Calif)

J.E. Rahe BSA, PhD (Purdue)

B.D. Roitberg BSc (S Fraser), MSc (Br Col), PhD (Mass)

M.L. Winston BA, MA (Boston), PhD (Kansas)

R.C. Ydenberg BSc (S Fraser), DPhil (Oxf)

Associate Professors

F. Breden BA (S Florida), MS (Georgia), PhD (Chic)

A.H. Burr AB (Hamilton), PhD (Rockefeller)

B.J. Crespi BSc (Chic), PhD (Mich)

K.R. Delaney BSc (Br Col), MA, PhD (Prin)

P.V. Fankboner BS (Calif), MSc (Pacific), PhD (Vic, BC)

G.J. Gries PhD (Gött)

A.S. Harestad BSc, MSc, PhD (Br Col)

E.B. Hartwick BSc, MSc (Tor), PhD (Br Col)

N.H. Haunerland MSc, PhD (Mün)

C.J. Kennedy BSc, PhD (S Fraser)

A.R. Kermode BSc, PhD (Calg)

L.F.W. Lesack BSc (Man), PhD (Calif)*

M.M. Moore BSc, PhD (Br Col)

R.A. Nicholson BSc, PhD (S'ton)

T.D. Williams BSc (Exe), PhD (Brist)

Assistant Professors

Dr Bendell-Young

E. Elle BSc, MA (New York), PhD (Rutgers)

A.R. Mooers BSc (McG), DPhil (Oxf)

A.L. Plant BSc, PhD (Nott)

I. Novales-Flamarique BSc (McG), MSc, PhD (Vic, BC)

L.M. Quarmby BSc, MSc (Br Col), Phd (Conn)

Adjunct Professors

N.P.D. Angerilli BSc, PhD (S Fraser)

S. Boyd BSc, MSc (Dalhousie), PhD (S Fraser)

R.W. Butler BSc, MSc (S Fraser), PhD (Br Col)

H.L. Ching BA, MSc (Oregon State), PhD (Neb)

R. Elner BSc (Newcastle, UK), PhD (Bangor, UK)

W.G. Friend BSc (McG), PhD (C'nell)

D. Gillespie BSc, MSc, PhD (S Fraser)

M. Goettel BSc (Concordia), MSc (Ott), PhD (Alta)

G.J.R. Judd BSc, MPM, PhD (S Fraser)

D.B. Lank BS (Marl), MS (Minn), PhD (C'nell)

R.S. Vernon BSc, MPM, PhD (S Fraser)

I.R. Walker BSc (Mt Alison), MSc (Wat), PhD (S Fraser)

Associated Faculty

C. Crawford, Psychology

B. Galdikas, Archaeology

C. Krieger, Kinesiology

G. Tibbits, Kinesiology

Senior Lecturers

J. Sharp BA, BSc (McG), MSc (Br Col)

C. Thong BSc (Singapore), PhD (S Fraser)

D.R. Wilson BSc, MSc (S Fraser)

Lecturer

T. McMullan BSc, MPM (S Fraser)

Lab Instructor

M. Fernando BSc (Sri Lanka), MSc, PhD (Br Col)

Undergraduate Advisors

E. Kirkwood BSc (S Fraser), MBA (City University), undergraduate program advisor, B8270 Shrum Science Centre, 778.782 3539

B. Medford MSc (Alta), undergraduate program coordinator, B8263 Shrum Science Centre, 778.782 3301

*joint appointment with geography

**joint appointment with biochemistry

Programs that are offered by the Department of Biological Sciences include the following: major, honors, minor; environmental toxicology, minor, post baccalaureate diploma. Cooperative education is available to students in major and honors programs.

Academic Advising

Biological sciences majors should contact an advisor before registration. Those in a pre-professional program (e.g. pre-medicine, preveterinary medicine, pre-dentistry, etc.) should advise the department and an advisor familiar with the professional program requirements will be assigned.

Minimum Grade Requirement

A grade of C- or better is required on all prerequisite BISC and MBB courses.

Major Program

Basic credit hour requirements underlying all areas of emphasis follow.

BISC/MBB (lower division) 20 credit hours

non BISC/MBB (lower division) 27 credit hours

BISC/MBB (upper division) 37 credit hours

*electives 36 credit hours

total (minimum) 120 credit hours

*Electives must include a minimum of 12 credit hours in subjects taken outside the Faculty of Science (excluding EDUC 401, 402, 405, and 406). A minimum of six of these credit hours must be from the Faculty of Arts. Additional upper division credit must be included in the program to complete the BSc requirement of a minimum of 44 credit hours of upper division credit.

Six credit hours of English should be completed by all major/honor students in biological sciences.

Lower Division Core

Normally all biological sciences majors must complete the following, or equivalents, within the first 60 hours (four semesters) of their programs.

Courses in the Faculty of Science

all of

BISC 101-4 Introduction to Biology

BISC 102-4 Introduction to Biology

BISC 202-3 Genetics

BISC 204-3 Introduction to Ecology

CHEM 121-4 General Chemistry and Laboratory I

CHEM 122-2 General Chemistry II

CHEM 281-4 Organic Chemistry and Laboratory I

CHEM 282-2 Organic Chemistry II

MBB 221-3 Cell Biology and Biochemistry

MBB 222-3 Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

STAT 301-3 Statistics for the Life Sciences

and one of

MATH 151-3 Calculus I

MATH 154-3 Calculus I for the Biological Sciences

and one of

MATH 152-3 Calculus II

MATH 155-3 Calculus II for the Biological Sciences

and one of

PHYS 101-3 General Physics I

PHYS 120-3 Modern Physics and Mechanics

and one of

PHYS 102-3 General Physics II

PHYS 121-3 Optics, Electricity and Magnetism

Total 50 lower division credit hours

Students are encouraged to take a full year of organic chemistry. Medical, dental or veterinary school applicants should include all chemistry courses above. Also, see "Requirements for Students Wishing to Transfer into Professional Schools"..

Upper Division Requirements and Electives

All biological sciences majors will complete a minimum of 12 upper division BISC/BICH courses. The following three courses form an upper division core required of all BISC major/honors students.

BISC 329-4 Introduction to Experimental Techniques

BISC 333-3 Developmental Biology

BISC 400-3 Evolution

Students should choose their remaining requirements in an area of specialization. Currently, six streams of biology are offered: cell and molecular biology, animal physiology, plant biology, ecology, marine biology and general biology. General stream courses will provide broad biological sciences training, or may be used to specialize in an area not offered in the streams. The course requirements for each stream are as follows.

Cell and Molecular Biology

Students must complete one physiology course from

BISC 305-3 Animal Physiology

BISC 366-3 Plant Physiology

and one organism lab course from

BISC 303-3 Microbiology

BISC 306-3 Invertebrate Biology

BISC 316-3 Vertebrate Biology

BISC 326-3 Biology of Non-vascular Plants

BISC 337-3 Plant Biology

plus the following lab course

BISC 302-3 Genetic Analysis

plus the following two mandatory courses

BISC 331-3 Molecular Biology

MBB 322-3 Molecular Physiology

plus two additional lab courses from

BISC 405-3 Cell Physiology

BISC 429-3 Experimental Techniques I: Separation Methods

BISC 431-4 Molecular Biotechnology

BISC 457-3 Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

BISC 498-3 Undergraduate Research I (or 499)

plus two additional courses from

BISC 402-3 Molecular Genetics

BISC 453-3 Advanced Developmental Biology

BISC 498-3 Undergraduate Research

MBB 412-4 Enzymology

MBB 421-3 Nucleic Acids

MBB 422-3 Biomembranes

MBB 423-3 Protein Structure and Function

or special topics courses appropriate for the selected stream or alternative courses as approved by the program advisor

Animal Physiology

Students must complete the following physiology course

BISC 305-3 Animal Physiology

plus one organism lab course from

BISC 306-3 Invertebrate Biology

BISC 316-3 Vertebrate Biology

plus the following lab course

BISC 307-3 Animal Physiology Lab

plus the following two mandatory courses

MBB 321-3 Intermediary Metabolism

MBB 322-3 Molecular Physiology

plus two additional lab courses from

BISC 405-3 Cell Physiology

BISC 429-3 Experimental Techniques I: Separation Methods

BISC 449-3 Experimental Techniques III: Histochemistry

BISC 416-3 Fish Biology

BISC 498-3 Undergraduate Research I (or 499)

plus two additional courses from

BISC 313-3 Environmental Toxicology II

BISC 445-3 Environmental Physiology of Animals

BISC 455-3 Endocrinology

BISC 498-3 Undergraduate Research

or special topics courses appropriate for the selected stream or alternative courses as approved by the program advisor

Plant Biology

Students must complete the following physiology course

BISC 366-3 Plant Physiology

plus the following organism lab course

BISC 337-3 Plant Biology

plus the following lab course

BISC 367-3 Plant Physiology Laboratory

plus the following two mandatory courses

BISC 356-3 Plant Development

BISC 404-3 Plant Ecology

plus two additional lab courses from

BISC 429-3 Experimental Techniques I: Separation Methods

BISC 430-3 Plant Pathology

BISC 449-3 Experimental Techniques III: Histochemistry

BISC 457-3 Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

BISC 498-3 Undergraduate Research I (or 499)

plus two additional courses from

BISC 310-3 Natural History of British Columbia

BISC 326-3 Biology of Non-Vascular Plants

BISC 434-3 Paleoecology and Palynology

BISC 498-3 Undergraduate Research

or special topics courses appropriate for the selected stream or alternative courses as approved by the program advisor.

Ecology

Students must complete one physiology course from

BISC 305-3 Animal Physiology

BISC 366-3 Plant Physiology

plus one organism lab course from

BISC 303-3 Microbiology

BISC 306-3 Invertebrate Biology

BISC 316-3 Vertebrate Biology

BISC 326-3 Biology of Non-Vascular Plants

BISC 337-3 Plant Biology

and one lab course from

BISC 302-3 Genetic Analysis

BISC 307-3 Animal Physiology Laboratory

BISC 367-3 Plant Physiology Laboratory

MASC 445-3 Biology of Marine Mammals

and the following two mandatory courses

BISC 304-3 Animal Ecology

BISC 407-3 Population Dynamics

plus two additional lab courses from

BISC 317-3 Insect Biology

BISC 404-3 Plant Ecology

BISC 414-3 Limnology

BISC 415-3 Ornithology

BISC 416-3 Fish Biology

BISC 417-3 Entomology

BISC 419-3 Wildlife Biology

BISC 430-3 Plant Pathology

BISC 498-3 Undergraduate Research I (or 499)

plus two additional courses from

BISC 310-3 The Plants and Animals of British Columbia

BISC 312-3 Environmental Toxicology I

BISC 404-3 Plant Ecology

BISC 410-3 Ethology

BISC 417-3 Entomology

BISC 430-3 Plant Pathology

BISC 432-3 Chemical Pesticides and the Environment

BISC 434-3 Paleoecology and Palynology

BISC 435-3 Introduction to Pest Management

BISC 498-3 Undergraduate Research

or special topics courses appropriate for the selected stream or alternative courses as approved by the program advisor.

Marine Biology

Students must complete one physiology course from

BISC 305-3 Animal Physiology

BISC 366-3 Plant Physiology

plus one organism lab course from

BISC 306-3 Invertebrate Biology

BISC 316-3 Vertebrate Biology

MASC 410-6 Marine Invertebrate Zoology

plus one lab course from

BISC 307-3 Animal Physiology Laboratory

BISC 367-3 Plant Physiology Laboratory

MASC 445-3 Biology of Marine Mammals

plus the following two mandatory courses

BISC 406-3 Marine Biology and Oceanography

BISC 326-3 Biology of Non-Vascular Plants

plus two additional lab courses from

BISC 414-3 Limnology

BISC 415-3 Ornithology

BISC 416-3 Fish Biology

MASC 412-6 Biology of Fishes

MASC 413-3 Biology of Marine Molluscs

MASC 440-3 Biology of Marine Birds

BISC 498-3 Undergraduate Research I (or 499)

plus two additional courses from

BISC 304-3 Animal Ecology

BISC 303-3 Microbiology

BISC 498-3 Undergraduate Research

MASC 411-6 Comparative Embryology of Marine Invertebrates

MASC 445-3 Biology of Marine Mammals

MASC 446-3 Comparative Ethology

or special topics courses appropriate for the selected stream or alternative courses as approved by the program advisor.

General Biology

Students must complete one physiology course from

BISC 305-3 Animal Physiology

BISC 366-3 Plant Physiology

plus one organism lab from

BISC 303-3 Microbiology

BISC 306-3 Invertebrate Biology

BISC 316-3 Vertebrate Biology

BISC 326-3 Biology of Non-Vascular Plants

BISC 337-3 Plant Biology

plus one lab course from

BISC 302-3 Genetic Analysis

BISC 307-3 Animal Physiology Laboratory

BISC 367-3 Plant Physiology Laboratory

MASC 445-3 Biology of Marine Mammals

plus two additional lab courses from any upper division BISC or MASC courses. BISC 498-3 Undergraduate Research I or BISC 499-3 Undergraduate Research II can be substituted for one of these two additional labs.

plus four additional BISC or MASC upper division or special topics courses appropriate for the stream or alternatives as approved by the program advisor.

Typical Lower Division Core Program

Although there are many variations, the following is a typical program for the first four semesters.

Semester 1

BISC 102-4 Introduction to Biology

CHEM 121-4 General Chemistry and Laboratory I

MATH 154-3 Calculus I for the Biological Sciences

PHYS 101-3 General Physics I

Semester 2

BISC 101-4 Introduction to Biology

CHEM 122-2 General Chemistry II

CHEM 281-4 Organic Chemistry I

MATH 155-3 Calculus II for the Biological Sciences

Semester 3

CHEM 282-2 Organic Chemistry II

MBB 221-3 Cell Biology and Biochemistry

PHYS 102-3 General Physics II

Elective

and one of

BISC 202-3 Genetics

BISC 204-3 Introduction to Ecology

Semester 4

MBB 222-3 Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

STAT 301-3 Statistics for the Life Sciences (or 102)

Electives

and one of

BISC 202-3 Genetics

BISC 204-3 Introduction to Ecology

Note: Biological sciences majors normally complete the chemistry, mathematics and physics requirements as well as the lower division biological sciences courses within the first 60 hours (four semesters).

Honors Program

This is for biology students pursuing an advanced degree. It requires a minimum of 60 upper division biological sciences credit hours, or related subjects, which is selected for each student in consultation with appropriate advisors, in relation to career goals.

Departmental approval is required for honors entry. Students must have completed 30 credit hours at SFU in a biological sciences major program. Applications received after more than 90 credit hours have been completed will not normally be considered.

The program requires the following.

Minor Program

Students must obtain the following credits or standing to fulfil BSc degree requirements.

BISC 101-4 Introduction to Biology

BISC 102-4 Introduction to Biology

at least two of

BISC 204-3 Introduction to Ecology

MBB 221-3 Cell Biology and Biochemistry

MBB 222-3 Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

plus any 15 upper division biological sciences credit hours, or closely related subject areas (including MASC courses), as approved by the department.

Cooperative Education Program

Biological Sciences majors and honors may apply for cooperative education. The program includes four work semesters during the normal academic program. See www.sfu.ca/coop/science or contact the science coop coordinators in room 1100 Maggie Benston Student Services Centre, 778.782 4716.

Environmental Toxicology Minor Program

This program gives undergraduates working towards a sciences degree a thorough overview of environmental toxicology. Consequently, students will be better qualified and eligible for employment with various industrial and governmental agencies engaged in environmental monitoring and research.

Lower Division Requirements

The following lower division courses are required. Most students pursuing science degree programs will already have credit for most of these courses.

all of

BISC 101-4 Introduction to Biology

BISC 102-4 Introduction to Biology

CHEM 121-4 General Chemistry and Laboratory I

CHEM 122-2 General Chemistry II

CHEM 126-2 General Chemistry Laboratory II

CHEM 281-4 Organic Chemistry I

CHEM 282-2 Organic Chemistry II

CHEM 286-2 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II

MBB 221-3 Cellular Biology and Biochemistry

and one of

BISC 204-3 Introduction to Ecology

EVSC 200-3 Introduction to Environmental Science

and one of

MATH 151-3 Calculus I

MATH 154-3 Calculus I for the Biological Sciences

and one of

MATH 152-3 Calculus II

MATH 155-3 Calculus II for the Biological Sciences

and one of

PHYS 101-3 General Physics I

PHYS 120-3 Modern Physics and Mechanics

and one of

PHYS 102-3 General Physics II

PHYS 121-3 Optics, Electricity and Magnetism

Upper Division Requirements

BISC 312-3 Environmental Toxicology I

BISC 313-3 Environmental Toxicology II

BISC 432-3 Chemical Pesticides and the Environment

STAT 301-3 Statistics for the Life Sciences

plus two of

BISC 445-3 Environmental Physiology of Animals (prerequisite BISC 305)

CHEM 371-3 Chemistry of the Aqueous Environment (prerequisites CHEM 281 [or 150] and 360 [or 261])

KIN 431-3 Environmental Carcinogenesis

and their prerequisites as noted in the Undergraduate Courses.

Upper division credit may not fulfil credit hours for more than one program. Some substitutions may be required. Appropriate course substitutions follow.

BICH 412-4 Enzymology

BISC 366-3 Plant Ecophysiology

BISC 405-3 Cell Physiology

KIN 305-3 Human Physiology I

KIN 306-3 Human Physiology II (Principles of Physiological Regulation)

Students interested in a minor in environmental toxicology should contact the Department of Biological Sciences as soon as possible.

A GPA of 2.00 or higher, is required for the courses in the minor program.

Post Baccalaureate Diploma Programs

Biological Sciences

post baccalaureate diploma programs are available in various areas of biological sciences for students who have already completed a degree (usually) in science and who wish to upgrade their academic credentials.

Note: course descriptions for the 600 and 800 level courses are given in the Biological Sciences section of Graduate Studies in this Calendar.

For information, contact the Department of Biological Sciences.

Environmental Toxicology

This program specifically meet the needs of students with science degrees who are presently engaged in environmental work and seek to upgrade their training. Practical experience in recent laboratory assay techniques will enable students to critically evaluate the data generated by these techniques.

For information about post baccalaureate diploma program general regulations, see "Post Baccalaureate Diploma Programs"..

Program Requirements

all of

BISC 312-3 Environmental Toxicology I

BISC 313-3 Environmental Toxicology II

BISC 432-3 Chemical Pesticides and the Environment

plus two of

BISC 445-3 Environmental Physiology of Animals

CHEM 371-3 Chemistry of the Aqueous Environment

KIN 431-3 Environmental Carcinogenesis

plus one of

BISC 329-4 Introduction to Experimental Techniques

BISC 429-3 Environmental Techniques I: Separation Methods

BISC 449-3 Experimental Techniques III: Histochemistry

CHEM 316-4 Introductory Instrumental Analysis

CHEM 380-4 Chemical and Instrumental Methods of Identification of Organic Compounds

KIN 336-3 Microscopic Anatomy (Histology)

plus all of

BISC 650-3 Environmental Risk Assessment

BISC 654-3 Food and Drug Toxicology

BISC 652-3 Environmental Toxicology Testing II: Mammalian Toxicology

BISC 846-3 Insecticide Chemistry and Toxicology

and their prerequisites. Please see "Undergraduate Courses".. If any of the above requirements (except prerequisites) have been used to fulfil requirements for another degree, additional electives in the area of specialization will be required. Consult the Department of Biological Sciences.

Marine Science

Marine science programs may include both BISC and MASC courses to fulfil upper division biological sciences requirements. MASC courses are offered at Bamfield Marine Station, Bamfield, BC in conjunction with certain universities in the summer and fall in three or six week blocks. Consult the Department of Biological Sciences in January course offerings, and for their use as substitutes for upper division BISC courses in major, minor or honors programs.

Course entry requires application through the Department of Biological Sciences well in advance of course commencement because candidate selection across several universities is limited. For information about application entry, fees, etc., consult the Department of Biological Sciences. To take marine science courses, students must apply for university admission through the usual procedures, and be accepted (see "Admission and Readmission".). MASC courses are offered at the Bamfield Marine Station (see "Marine Science". for a list of courses).

From time to time graduate level courses will be offered. For information, see "Department of Biological Sciences".

Students from other Departments

Certain courses may be taken by those not enrolled in biological sciences programs: BISC 004, 100, 101, 102. Admission to certain other courses is by permission of the department.



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