Spring 2019 - BISC 102 D200

General Biology (4)

Class Number: 2341

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We, Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
    SUR 2600, Surrey

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 13, 2019
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    SUR 2600, Surrey

  • 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.



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. Breadth-Science.


Topics to be covered  

  • Life on Earth – Origin and diversity
  • Diversity of life
  • Ecology I – Principles and populations
  • Ecology II – Communities and ecosystems
  • Phylogeny – Tracing the history of life
  • Organismal design – form and function
  • Genetics
  • Natural selection and microevolution
  • Behavior
  • Macroevolution and speciation
  • Development
  • Human evolution


  • Midterm exam 15%
  • Ecology assignment 10%
  • Laboratory exam* 25%
  • Final exam 30%
  • In-class quizzes 10%
  • Lab Assignments* 5%
  • Tutorial Participation 5%


Important Note: To pass this course, you must obtain a passing mark on the laboratory portion (*) of the course.

Note: This course may be applied towards the Certificate of Liberal Arts. This course is supported with Canvas (canvas.sfu.ca).



Freeman, S., et.al (2017) Biological Science 3rd Canadian Edition, Pearson, Canada
ISBN: 9780321782076

Laboratory manual. Simon Fraser University

Registrar Notes:

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