Spring 2019 - BISC 333 D100

Developmental Biology (3)

Class Number: 2299

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    WMC 3260, Burnaby

    We, Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    EDB 7618, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 12, 2019
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    SSCB 9201, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    BISC 202, MBB 222, MBB 231 with a grade of C- or better.



Classical and modern experimental approaches will be described for understanding development of embryos of several species having common and distinctive features. These approaches are at the organismal, cellular, molecular and genetic levels.


This is an introductory course in Developmental Biology. It focuses on a number of model organisms (plants, invertebrates and vertebrates) and addresses key questions such as: How do cells adopt characteristics that make them different from one another in developing embryos? How do these cells organize themselves to form an intact animal or plant? The course will cover the sequence of events during embryogenesis (pattern formation, cell fate specification, cell migration and morphogenetic events, cell differentiation, organogenesis) with the goal of illustrating general principles and molecular mechanisms of development. The course is aimed at a general audience of biology students. The course is introductory but requires a basic understanding of genetics and cell and molecular biology.

Course Website:  https://canvas.sfu.ca/


  • Tutorials 10%
  • 3 Exams: 2 Midterms and 1 Final Exam weighted equally 30 each%


This is a tentative outline and is subject to change.  Please contact Dr. Bisgrove for more information.



Principles of Development (5th Edition) Lewis Wolpert; Oxford University Press, 2015

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