Spring 2019 - BISC 101 D100

General Biology (4)

Class Number: 2379

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
    SSCB 9200, Burnaby

    Th 9:30 AM – 11:20 AM
    SSCB 9200, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 12, 2019
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    GYM CENTRAL, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    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.



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. Breadth-Science.


Outline of Topics:

Unit 1: Cell biology 
Cell structure and function, cell cycle, cell replication 
Genomes & cellular information flow: DNA replication; DNA technology; Gene to protein; enzymes.
Metabolism: cellular respiration and photosynthesis

Unit 2: Animal physiology
Structure and function of animal tissues

Systems: Digestion and excretion; circulatory and respiratory; nervous, muscle, and sensory.


Unit 3: Plant physiology
Structure and function of plant cells
Plant growth, development, and reproduction 
Nutrition and transport processes; Plant hormones and interactions with environment   


  • Lecture Midterm 1 10%
  • Lecture Midterm 2 15%
  • Lecture Final Exam 25%
  • Quizzes and Learning Activities 10%
  • Lab and Tutorial Preparation/Quizzes 15%
  • Lab Final Exam 25%


To pass the course, each student must do both of:
1) obtain a passing grade on the lab component of the course (at least 20.0/40), and
2) obtain a passing grade on the total lecture tests score (at least 25.0/50).  Quizzes & learning activities marks will only be included in your course grade when these two criteria have already been met.



An i>clicker remote (new or used) is required for this course.


Biological Science” by Scott Freeman, Mike Harrington and Joan Sharp. Third Canadian Edition. 2018. Pearson Canada. Either hardcover or loose-leaf versions are available.   (Second edition, from 2014, is also acceptable)

Registrar Notes:

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