Fall 2022 - BISC 102 D100

General Biology (4)

Class Number: 1568

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu, Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
    SSCB 9200, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 16, 2022
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    SSCB 9200, Burnaby

    Dec 16, 2022
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    SSCB 9201, 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.



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.


The central theme of this course is the diversity of life and its evolutionary history on Earth. 

Outline of General Topics

  1. Diversity of Life  
  2. Natural Selection  
  3. History of Life  
  4. Phylogeny  
  5. Genetics  
  6. Animal Behaviour  
  7. Microevolution
  8. Macroevolutionary
  9. Species & Speciation  
  10. Human Evolution  
  11. Population Ecology  
  12. Community Ecology  
  13. Ecosystems


  • Forest Walk Assignment 10%
  • Tutorial Participation 5%
  • Inquiry Figure Assignment 15%
  • Midterm Exams 20%
  • Final Exam 20%
  • Lab Exam 25%
  • Lab Assignments 5%


Important note: To pass this course you must obtain a passing grade on the laboratory portion of the course (the lab exam and the lab assignments)



  • Freeman et al. (2019) Biological Science, 3rd Canadian edition. Pearson. (E-text or Hard copy). Note: Purchasing Mastering Biology is optional
  • BISC 102 Laboratory Manual. Simon Fraser University, Burnaby Campus edition


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Registrar Notes:


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