Fall 2023 - BISC 171 D100
STT - Biological Sciences Undergraduate Seminar (1)
Class Number: 7477
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Sep 6 – Dec 5, 2023: Fri, 1:30–2:20 p.m.
1 778 782-4982
Corequisites:BISC 101 or 102; and completion of less than 60 units.
Students are introduced to current topics, research, and undergraduate opportunities in the Department of Biological Sciences. Pass/Fail.
So, you want to be a biologist? Biology is an exciting field with a wide range of research and work opportunities. This course is designed for new Biology majors to introduce you to Biological Sciences. There will be an introductory and capstone “fun questions” in Biology exercise, presentations by different faculty – exploring the range of research in Biology – and an introduction to the many research/experiential opportunities for Biology students, e.g., Directed Research courses, the Co-op program, Bamfield Marine Science Center, and the Registered Professional Biologists program (RPBio, College of Applied Biology).
Week 1 - Gentle introduction: Why be a biologist?
Week 2-3 – Big questions in Biology: “Why sex”?
Weeks 4-9 - Presentations by Biology research faculty: what do we do in Biology?
Week 10 – Biology’s Co-op program
Week 11 – Other research/experiential opportunities for Biology students
Week 12-13 – Big questions in Biology” “Early development, silver spoons, and health”
- • Assignment 1 (1-page summary of ONE research lecture) 50%
- • Class participation 50%
Grade will be Pass/Fail
No Textbook is required for this course
REQUIRED READING NOTES:
Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at: shop.sfu.ca/course-materials/my-personalized-course-materials.
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: YOUR WORK, YOUR SUCCESS
SFU’s Academic Integrity website http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating. Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.
Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the university community. Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the university. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the university. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html
Students with a faith background who may need accommodations during the semester are encouraged to assess their needs as soon as possible and review the Multifaith religious accommodations website. The page outlines ways they begin working toward an accommodation and ensure solutions can be reached in a timely fashion.