Fall 2021 - BISC 326 D100

Biology of Algae and Fungi (3)

Class Number: 1603

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    SSCC 9002, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 12, 2021
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    AQ 3003, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    BISC 101 and 102 with a grade of C- or better.



A survey of form, function and phenetics.


This course provides students with a broad understanding of the biology of algae and fungi. In the first half, the large and diverse group of organisms known as algae will be explored. The classification, evolution, life history, reproduction, and cellular/developmental biology of the major lineages are covered. Current research on algae is also discussed. In the second half of the course, an overview of fungal organisms, their morphology and methods used for identification will be provided. The variety of roles of fungi in different ecosystems will be discussed. Additional topics to be reviewed include uses of fungi in food production, fungal pathogens of plants and humans, interactions of fungi with other organisms, uses of fungi as biological control agents, cultivation and identification of mushrooms, and fungi in forest ecosystems.


   Algal biology

  Introduction to algae
.  Algal taxonomy and phylogenetic relationships
.  Algal evolution
.  Reproduction and life histories
.  Effects of climate change on selected algal species

   Fungal biology

.  Morphology and methods for identification
.  Role in nature and ecology of fungi
.  Pathogenic/beneficial associations
.  Human uses of fungi
.  Mushroom cultivation


Lecture: synchronous (recorded) 
Laboratory: synchronous 
Midterm(s): synchronous; date: TBA 
Final exam: synchronous; date: TBA


  • Biology of Algae 50%
  • Biology of Fungi 50%


Details of projects, assignments, reports, etc. will be provided when the course begins.


Effective immediately, the Department of Biological Sciences is adopting a mandatory mask policy for all areas under Biology’s control and in spaces elsewhere where Biology faculty teach, applying to everyone regardless of vaccination status.



Pacific Seaweeds, A Guide to Common Seaweeds of the West coast by Louis Druehl and Bridgette Clarkston. Available digitally (ISBN 978-1-55017-738-1) or as a paperback (ISBN 978-1-55017-737-4).


Algae, 3rd edition by Graham, Graham, Wilcox, and Cook. Available as a downloadable PDF (www.ljlmpress.com/algae.html)
ISBN: 978-0-9863935-3

Registrar Notes:


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