Spring 2023 - BISC 306 D100

Invertebrate Biology (4)

Class Number: 1714

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
    AQ 3003, Burnaby

    Th 9:30 AM – 11:20 AM
    AQ 3149, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    BISC 101, 102 and 204 with a grade of C- or better.



An introduction to selected invertebrate phyla with an emphasis on functional morphology, diversity and ecology.


Animals are extraordinarily diverse in their form and function. Most of them are not vertebrates (like humans), and most of the interesting variety is not found among insects. This is a course about everything else: the evolution of animal diversity from sponges to sea squirts, corals to clams, and a lot of worms.

Lectures emphasize anatomy, functional morphology, and natural history of free-living marine phyla and classes. Labs emphasize overall form and function of living animals from major taxonomic groups: observations of behaviour and other features, some dissection, and some functional (not artistic) drawing of animals and parts.

Canvas will be used for this class: https://canvas.sfu.ca


  • • In-class Quizzes 50%
  • • Field Trip Participation 5%
  • • Laboratory Notebook 20%
  • • Laboratory Practical Exam 15%
  • • Final Exam 10% 10%


Grading scheme is provisional and may change before start of classes.




The course grade and the lab fees include a fabulous Friday–Sunday field trip to the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre on Vancouver Island.

Field trip is provisionally planned for early March but depends on pandemic conditions.

Field trip scheduling information will be distributed as early as possible, no later than in lab sections during the week of Jan. 10th. This will include information on pandemic considerations, including any possible requirements for masking or proof of vaccination against SARS-CoV-2.

The field trip is conditional of BMSC's capacity to host weekend field trips this spring. In the event that our weekend field trip is not possible, the field trip fee will be refunded and the grading scheme and schedule will be revised.



Pechenik, Biology of the Invertebrates, 7th edition, 2015. The 6th edition is ok also. International editions (soft cover) are less expensive. Either hard copy  or e-book can be purchased (a link to the e-book is available at the SFU Bookstore web site).


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.

Registrar Notes:


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