Spring 2024 - HSCI 100 D100

Human Biology (3)

Class Number: 4288

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 8 – Apr 12, 2024: Wed, 9:30–10:20 a.m.

    Jan 8 – Apr 12, 2024: Fri, 8:30–10:20 a.m.

  • Instructor:

    Timothy Beischlag
    1 778 782-3071



An examination of the biological processes that underlie human health and well-being, with emphasis on the evolutionary and ecological influences affecting human populations. Students with credit for BISC 101 may not take HSCI 100 for further credit. Breadth-Science.


This course focuses on the evolutionary principles relevant to understanding human health and disease. It provides an introduction to human anatomy, physiology, and genetics within the context of human life history (i.e. human growth, development, reproduction, and senescence).

Topics will include:

  • Knowledge production and dissemination through Indigenous and Western science. Organization and regulation of biological systems
  • Human cardiovascular system, digestive system, respiratory system, urinary system, nervous system, endocrine system, immunity, and reproduction
  • Origin of life, genetic inheritance, phenotypic plasticity Evolution and ecological relationships
  • Environmental and social contexts or challenges and their impact on human life and health.


OVERALL GOAL: Upon completion of the course, students should be able to: 

  1. Explain the basic biological principles that underlie human health and well-being. 
  2. Describe broadly the organization and regulation of the major biological systems in humans. 
  3. Describe the biological basis of several common human diseases. 
  4. Discuss basic interactions between the human genotype, its environment and the resulting phenotype. 
  5. Evaluate current science news and health claims for pseudoscience, misconceptions and misreporting 
  6. Explain and apply the scientific method.


  • Midterm 1 28%
  • Midterm 2 28%
  • Final exam 28%
  • Assignment 10%
  • Tutorial Attendance & Participation 6%


The professor may make changes to the syllabus if necessary, within Faculty / University regulations. **Students with credit for BISC 101 may not take HSCI 100 for further credit.**

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).





Required readings will be made available in the course Canvas page.




Goodenough and McGuire. Biology of Humans: concepts, applications and issues. with Mastering Biology. Benjamin Cummings. Toronto. 6th Ed.



The 5th Edition of this textbook is also suitable for use in the course. The textbook is recommended for students who have not taken high school biology, not taken related courses recently or those who simply want additional study and preparation resources. ISBN: 978-0134045443


An electronic or 'ebook' or 'eText' version of this textbook is also available. It offers easy offline reading via the Pearson eText app (free from the App Store or Google Play). Students can highlight and take notes that then sync between their devices when they're back online. Note that this version does not come with "Mastering Biology" tools or resources.

ISBN: 978-0134874104


Goodenough and McGuire. 2012. Biology of Humans: concepts, applications and issues. 4th ed. Benjamin Cummings. Toronto. ISBN: 978-0-321-70702 (Mastering Biology is strongly recommended)

ISBN: 978-0-321-70702


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:


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