Non-BISC Upper Division Courses Commonly Used as Substitutions for Upper Division BISC courses

Biology majors are normally required to take 2-3 upper division BISC electives of their choice. However, students are permitted to substitute up to two upper division BISC electives with courses from other units at SFU such as the MBB, Physics, BPK departments, and Health Sciences.  The following are lists of common substitutions. Students should seek an approval from the Biological Sciences department prior to registering in these or other courses. Note: If you take substitutions, these will not automatically be included in your UD program requirement GPA. Students should consult the undergraduate advisor to ensure that the minimum GPA is met.

Cells, Molecules and Physiology

  • BPK 431 Integrative Cancer Biology
  • CHEM 380 Chemical and Instrumental Methods of Identification of Organic Compounds
  • CHEM 371 Chemistry of the Aqueous Environment
  • CHEM 372 Chemistry of the Atmospheric Environment
  • HSCI 321 Human Pathophysiology
  • HSCI 323 Principles of Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • HSCI 324 Human Population Genetics and Evolution
  • HSCI 338 Animal Virology
  • MBB 321 Intermediary Metabolism
  • MBB 322 Molecular Physiology
  • MBB 331 Molecular Biology

Ecology, Evolution and Conservation

  • ARCH 344 Primate Behaviour
  • REM 311 Applied Ecology and Sustainable Environments
  • REM 412 Environmental Modeling
  • REM 471 Forest Ecosystem Management
  • Field Based courses:
    • MASC (Marine Sciences) courses offered at Bamfield Marine Science Centre ( e.g. Marine Behavioural Ecology, Terrestrial & Freshwater Conservation, Coastal Community Ecology, Coastal Biodiversity and Conservation
    • Field courses offered by other institutions, e.g. Hakai Institute ( - Letter of permission approval is required.

Additional prerequisites may be required.  Please check the SFU calendar (