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Department of Biological Sciences | Faculty of Science Simon Fraser University Calendar | Spring 2020

Biological Sciences Honours

Bachelor of Science

The Honours program is intended for academically strong students who wish to combine in-depth study and research-based courses in Biological Sciences. Like the Majors program, the Honours program combines a broad foundation in the lower division with specialization in upper division in one of 3 concentrations: Cells, Molecules, Physiology (CMP); Ecology, Evolution, Conservation (EEC); or Open concentration. 

In addition to the Major Program Requirements, Honours students complete an Independent Study Semester (ISS) under the supervision of a faculty member, maintain a GPA of 3.0, complete 60 upper division units in BISC (or a related discipline), and graduate with a minimum of 124 units.

Admission Requirements

Students may apply once they have completed all Lower Division Requirements and at least 15 upper division units in Biological Sciences. Entry requires a CGPA of 3.0 or higher. Interested students who meet the criteria should meet with the Undergraduate Program Advisor to apply.

Grade Requirements

Prerequisites. Students are normally required to obtain at least a C- on all course prerequisites, but in some cases the minimum grade requirement may be higher. Students are encouraged to plan ahead and consult the course calendar. In some cases, prerequisites may be waived for BISC courses with the approval of the Department.

Continuation. To remain in the program, students must be in good academic standing, must maintain a CGPA of 3.0 in the Honours Program Requirements (i.e, excluding electives), and must not exceed SFU’s limits on course repeats.

Program Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 124 units, including 60 at the upper division level.

Lower Division Requirements

Students complete all of

BISC 101 - General Biology (4)

An introduction to the biochemical and physiological mechanisms of living organisms. Topics covered include cell structure and function, DNA replication and the flow of genetic information, enzyme function, metabolism and physiology of microorganisms, plants, and animals. Prerequisite: 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; and High school Chemistry 12 (or equivalent) with a C grade or better, or CHEM 111 with a C- or better. Breadth-Science.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Kevin Lam
Norbert Haunerland
Edward Pokrishevsky
Megan Barker
Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
Th 9:30 AM – 11:20 AM
RCB IMAGTH, Burnaby
RCB IMAGTH, Burnaby
D101 Tu 11:30 AM – 1:20 PM
Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
SSB 8169, Burnaby
AQ 5016, Burnaby
D102 Tu 1:30 PM – 3:20 PM
Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SSB 8169, Burnaby
AQ 5016, Burnaby
D103 Tu 3:30 PM – 5:20 PM
Th 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSB 8169, Burnaby
AQ 5005, Burnaby
D105 We 11:30 AM – 1:20 PM
Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
SSB 8169, Burnaby
AQ 5006, Burnaby
D106 We 1:30 PM – 3:20 PM
Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SSB 8169, Burnaby
AQ 5005, Burnaby
D107 We 3:30 PM – 5:20 PM
Fr 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSB 8169, Burnaby
AQ 5005, Burnaby
D109 Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
Th 11:30 AM – 1:20 PM
WMC 2533, Burnaby
SSB 8169, Burnaby
D110 Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
Th 1:30 PM – 3:20 PM
WMC 3515, Burnaby
SSB 8169, Burnaby
D112 We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
Fr 11:30 AM – 1:20 PM
WMC 3250, Burnaby
SSB 8169, Burnaby
D113 We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
Fr 1:30 PM – 3:20 PM
WMC 3513, Burnaby
SSB 8169, Burnaby
D114 We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
Fr 3:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 4120, Burnaby
SSB 8169, Burnaby
BISC 102 - General Biology (4)

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. Prerequisite: 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. Breadth-Science.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Joan Sharp
Tammy Mcmullan
Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
SSCB 9201, Burnaby
SSCB 9200, Burnaby
D101 Tu 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
Th 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
SSCB 8212, Burnaby
AQ 5048, Burnaby
D102 Tu 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
SSCB 8212, Burnaby
AQ 5027, Burnaby
D103 Tu 1:30 PM – 4:20 PM
Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
SSCB 8212, Burnaby
AQ 5007, Burnaby
D104 Tu 1:30 PM – 4:20 PM
Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SSCB 8212, Burnaby
AQ 5049, Burnaby
D105 We 11:30 AM – 2:20 PM
Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
SSCB 8212, Burnaby
AQ 5051, Burnaby
D106 We 11:30 AM – 2:20 PM
Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SSCB 8212, Burnaby
AQ 5027, Burnaby
D109 Tu 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
Th 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5050, Burnaby
SSCB 8212, Burnaby
D110 Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
Th 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5050, Burnaby
SSCB 8212, Burnaby
D111 Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
Th 1:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5049, Burnaby
SSCB 8212, Burnaby
D112 Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
Th 1:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5048, Burnaby
SSCB 8212, Burnaby
D113 We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
Fr 11:30 AM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5050, Burnaby
SSCB 8212, Burnaby
D114 We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
Fr 11:30 AM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5051, Burnaby
SSCB 8212, Burnaby
D200 Ivona Mladenovic
We, Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
SRYC 2600, Surrey
D201 Mo 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
SRYC 2995, Surrey
D202 Mo 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
SRYC 2995, Surrey
D203 Mo 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SRYC 2995, Surrey
D204 Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
SRYC 2995, Surrey
D205 Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
SRYC 2995, Surrey
LAS1 Tu 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SRYC 2960, Surrey
LAS2 Tu 12:30 PM – 3:20 PM
SRYC 2960, Surrey
LAS3 Tu 3:30 PM – 6:20 PM
SRYC 2960, Surrey
BISC 202 - Genetics (3)

Principles and concepts of the transmission of genetic information treated comparatively in man, animal, plant and microbe. Prerequisite: BISC 101 and 102 with a grade of C- or better.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Kevin Lam
Tu 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
Th 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
WMC 3520, Burnaby
WMC 3520, Burnaby
D101 Mo 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
RCB 7102, Burnaby
D102 Mo 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 7102, Burnaby
D103 Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
RCB 6101, Burnaby
D105 Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
WMC 2531, Burnaby
D106 Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 2532, Burnaby
D108 Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
RCB 5125, Burnaby
D109 Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 7102, Burnaby
D110 Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
RCB 7102, Burnaby
BISC 204 - Introduction to Ecology (3)

An introduction to biotic-environmental relationships and dynamics; ecological concepts; population dynamics, variation, adaptation and evolution. Prerequisite: BISC 101 and 102 with a grade of C- or better. Students with credit for GEOG 215 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Mikael Mokkonen
Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
Th 9:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 3153, Burnaby
AQ 3153, Burnaby
D101 Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 2503, Burnaby
D102 Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
WMC 2532, Burnaby
D104 Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5006, Burnaby
CHEM 121 - General Chemistry and Laboratory I (4)

Atomic and molecular structure; chemical bonding; thermochemistry; elements; periodic table; gases liquids, solids, and solutions. This course includes a laboratory component. Prerequisite: Chemistry 12 with a minimum grade of C, or CHEM 109 or 111 with a minimum grade of C-. Students with credit for CHEM 120 or 123 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative/Breadth-Science.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 John Canal
Mo, We, Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
SSCC 9001, Burnaby
D101 We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
BLU 9655, Burnaby
D102 We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
BLU 9655, Burnaby
D103 We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
BLU 9655, Burnaby
D104 We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
BLU 9655, Burnaby
D105 We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
BLU 9655, Burnaby
D107 Th 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5039, Burnaby
D108 Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
BLU 10655, Burnaby
D109 Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
BLU 10655, Burnaby
D110 Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
BLU 9655, Burnaby
D111 Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
BLU 10655, Burnaby
D112 Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
RCB 5118, Burnaby
D113 Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 5118, Burnaby
D200 Mo, We, Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
SRYE 3016, Surrey
D201 Th 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
SRYC 2980, Surrey
D202 Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
SRYC 2980, Surrey
LA04 We 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSCC 7079, Burnaby
LA06 Th 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSCC 7079, Burnaby
LB04 We 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSCC 7079, Burnaby
LB06 Th 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSCC 7079, Burnaby
LC01 Th 3:30 PM – 7:20 PM
SRYC 2780, Surrey
LC02 Th 3:30 PM – 7:20 PM
SRYC 2780, Surrey
LE01 TBD
LE02 TBD
CHEM 122 - General Chemistry II (2)

Chemical equilibria; electrochemistry; chemical thermodynamics; kinetics. Students who intend to take further laboratory courses in chemistry should take CHEM 122 concurrently with CHEM 126. Prerequisite: CHEM 120 or 121 with a minimum grade of C-. Students with credit for CHEM 124 or CHEM 180 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Charles Walsby
Mo, We, Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
SSCC 9001, Burnaby
D101 We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5006, Burnaby
D102 We 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 5006, Burnaby
D103 We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
RCB 5118, Burnaby
D104 We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 5118, Burnaby
D105 We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5016, Burnaby
D106 Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 5039, Burnaby
D107 Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5039, Burnaby
D108 Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5039, Burnaby
D109 Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
RCB 5118, Burnaby
D110 Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
RCB 5120, Burnaby
D111 Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5039, Burnaby
D112 Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
BLU 10655, Burnaby
D113 Fr 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
BLU 10655, Burnaby
D200 Garry Mund
We, Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SRYC 2600, Surrey
D201 Mo 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
SRYC 2980, Surrey
D202 Mo 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
SRYC 2980, Surrey
D203 Mo 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SRYC 2980, Surrey
D204 Mo 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SRYC 2750, Surrey
D205 Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
SRYC 2750, Surrey
D206 Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SRYC 2750, Surrey
D300 Garry Mund
We, Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SRYC 2600, Surrey
D301 Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
SRYC 2980, Surrey
CHEM 281 - Organic Chemistry I (4)

Structure, bonding, physical and chemical properties of simple organic compounds. Introduction to spectroscopy. Kinetics and mechanisms of organic reactions. This course includes a laboratory component. Prerequisite: CHEM 121 with a minimum grade of C-. Corequisite: CHEM 122. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 M Khaled Arafeh
Uwe Kreis
Mo, We, Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 3182, Burnaby
D101 Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5039, Burnaby
D102 We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5008, Burnaby
D103 We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
BLU 10655, Burnaby
D104 We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
RCB 5118, Burnaby
D105 We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
BLU 10655, Burnaby
D106 We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
BLU 10655, Burnaby
D107 Fr 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
BLU 10655, Burnaby
D108 Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5039, Burnaby
LA03 Tu 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSB 8120, Burnaby
LA04 We 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSB 8120, Burnaby
LA06 Th 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSB 8120, Burnaby
LA07 Fr 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSB 8120, Burnaby
LB04 We 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSB 8120, Burnaby
LB06 Th 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSB 8120, Burnaby
LB07 Fr 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSB 8120, Burnaby
LE01 TBD
MBB 222 - Molecular Biology and Biochemistry (3)

The structure, function and synthesis of proteins, RNA and DNA and their interrelated biological functions within the cell. An introduction to molecular biology techniques and methods of protein purification and analysis. Prerequisite: or Corequisite CHEM 281.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Irina Kovalyova
Mo, We, Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SSCB 9201, Burnaby
D101 Mo 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
RCB 6101, Burnaby
D102 Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
RCB 7101, Burnaby
D103 Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
RCB 7101, Burnaby
D104 Tu 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
RCB 7101, Burnaby
D105 We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 5125, Burnaby
D106 Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
RCB 5125, Burnaby
D107 We 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
SWH 10075, Burnaby
D108 Mo 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
SWH 10075, Burnaby
D109 We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SWH 10075, Burnaby
D110 Mo 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 2122, Burnaby
MBB 231 - Cellular Biology and Biochemistry (3)

A study of the molecular processes which underlie cell structure and function, integrating ultrastructural, physiological and biochemical approaches. Modern techniques used in the analysis of organelle and cell function are integral parts of the course. Prerequisite: MBB 222, BISC 101, CHEM 281 with grades of C- or better. Corequisite or Prerequisite: CHEM 282 or CHEM 283.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Jonathan Choy
Mo, We, Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SSCC 9002, Burnaby
D101 Mo 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
RCB 7101, Burnaby
D102 Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
RCB 5125, Burnaby
D103 Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
RCB 7102, Burnaby
D104 Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5007, Burnaby
D105 Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5037, Burnaby
D106 Tu 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
RCB 7102, Burnaby
D107 We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
RCB 7101, Burnaby
D108 We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 5120, Burnaby
STAT 201 - Statistics for the Life Sciences (3)

Research methodology and associated statistical analysis techniques for students with training in the life sciences. Intended to be particularly accessible to students who are not specializing in Statistics. Prerequisite: Recommended: 30 units. Students cannot obtain credit for STAT 201 if they already have credit for - or are taking concurrently - STAT 101, 203, 205, 285, or any upper division STAT course. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
C900 Tim Swartz
Distance Education
D900 Gaitri Yapa
Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SRYE 1002, Surrey
SRYE 1002, Surrey
OP09 TBD

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CHEM 282 - Organic Chemistry II (2)

Polyfunctional organic compounds and complex organic reactions. Introduction to natural products. Prerequisite: CHEM 281 with a minimum grade of C-. Students with credit for CHEM 283 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Nabyl Merbouh
Mo, We, Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
SSCB 9201, Burnaby
D101 We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
BLU 10655, Burnaby
D102 We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5007, Burnaby
D103 We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5037, Burnaby
D104 Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
RCB 5120, Burnaby
D105 Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
RCB 5120, Burnaby
D106 Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
RCB 5120, Burnaby
D107 Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
RCB 5120, Burnaby
D108 Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
RCB 5120, Burnaby
D109 Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
RCB 5120, Burnaby
D110 Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 5120, Burnaby
CHEM 283 - Organic Chemistry IIb (3)

An advanced treatment of Organic Chemistry II. Topics include dienes and their reactivity, conjugation and aromaticity, aromatic substitution reactions, carboxylic acids and their derivatives, ketones and aldehydes, biological molecules, radical reactions, organometallic reagents, pericyclic reactions and planning multi-step synthesis. Prerequisite: CHEM 281 with a minimum grade of C-. Students with credit for CHEM 282 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Nabyl Merbouh
Mo, We, Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
SSCB 9201, Burnaby
D101 Mo 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 2104, Burnaby
D102 Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5037, Burnaby
D103 Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 5120, Burnaby

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MATH 150 - Calculus I with Review (4)

Designed for students specializing in mathematics, physics, chemistry, computing science and engineering. Topics as for Math 151 with a more extensive review of functions, their properties and their graphs. Recommended for students with no previous knowledge of Calculus. In addition to regularly scheduled lectures, students enrolled in this course are encouraged to come for assistance to the Calculus Workshop (Burnaby), or Math Open Lab (Surrey). Prerequisite: Pre-Calculus 12 (or equivalent) with a grade of at least B+, or MATH 100 with a grade of at least B-, or achieving a satisfactory grade on the Simon Fraser University Calculus Readiness Test. Students with credit for either MATH 151, 154 or 157 may not take MATH 150 for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Veselin Jungic
Mo, We, Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
AQ 3182, Burnaby
D101 Tu 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
WMC 3535, Burnaby
D102 Tu 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
WMC 3535, Burnaby
D103 We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
WMC 3535, Burnaby
D104 We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 3535, Burnaby
D200 Natalia Kouzniak
Mo, We, Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SRYC 3170, Surrey
D201 We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SRYC 3240, Surrey
D202 We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
SRYC 3240, Surrey
OP01 TBD
OP02 TBD
MATH 151 - Calculus I (3)

Designed for students specializing in mathematics, physics, chemistry, computing science and engineering. Logarithmic and exponential functions, trigonometric functions, inverse functions. Limits, continuity, and derivatives. Techniques of differentiation, including logarithmic and implicit differentiation. The Mean Value Theorem. Applications of differentiation including extrema, curve sketching, Newton's method. Introduction to modeling with differential equations. Polar coordinates, parametric curves. Prerequisite: Pre-Calculus 12 (or equivalent) with a grade of at least A, or MATH 100 with a grade of at least B, or achieving a satisfactory grade on the Simon Fraser University Calculus Readiness Test. Students with credit for either MATH 150, 154 or 157 may not take MATH 151 for further credit. Quantitative.

MATH 154 - Calculus I for the Biological Sciences (3)

Designed for students specializing in the biological and medical sciences. Topics include: limits, growth rate and the derivative; elementary functions, optimization and approximation methods, and their applications; mathematical models of biological processes. Prerequisite: Pre-Calculus 12 (or equivalent) with a grade of at least B, or MATH 100 with a grade of at least C, or achieving a satisfactory grade on the Simon Fraser University Calculus Readiness Test. Students with credit for either MATH 150, 151 or 157 may not take MATH 154 for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Matthew DeVos
Mo, We, Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
SSCB 9200, Burnaby
OP01 TBD

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MATH 152 - Calculus II (3)

Riemann sum, Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, definite, indefinite and improper integrals, approximate integration, integration techniques, applications of integration. First-order separable differential equations and growth models. Sequences and series, series tests, power series, convergence and applications of power series. Prerequisite: MATH 150 or 151; or MATH 154 or 157 with a grade of at least B. Students with credit for MATH 155 or 158 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Jessica Stockdale
Mo, We, Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
SSCC 9001, Burnaby
D200 Mo, We, Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SRYE 1002, Surrey
D300 Brenda Davison
Mo, We, Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
WMC 3253, Burnaby
OP01 TBD
OP02 TBD
MATH 155 - Calculus II for the Biological Sciences (3)

Designed for students specializing in the biological and medical sciences. Topics include: the integral, partial derivatives, differential equations, linear systems, and their applications; mathematical models of biological processes. Prerequisite: MATH 150, 151 or 154; or MATH 157 with a grade of at least B. Students with credit for MATH 152 or 158 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Luis Goddyn
Mo, We, Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
RCB IMAGTH, Burnaby
D200 Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
SRYC 2600, Surrey
OP01 TBD
OP02 TBD

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PHYS 101 - Physics for the Life Sciences I (3)

Force and motion, conservation of energy and momentum, fluids, properties of soft matter and thermal physics with applications taken from the life sciences. Prerequisite: BC Principles of Physics 12 or PHYS 100 or equivalent, with a minimum grade of C-. This prerequisite may be waived, at the discretion of the department, as determined by the student's performance on a regularly scheduled PHYS 100 final exam. Please consult the physics advisor for further details. Corequisite: MATH 150 or 151 or 154 or 157; BISC 100 or 101 or 102. Recommended Corequisite: PHYS 132. Students with credit for PHYS 120, 125 or 140 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative/Breadth-Science.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Joanna Woo
Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
SSCB 9200, Burnaby
D102 Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
EDB 9651, Burnaby
D103 Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 2507, Burnaby
D104 Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 6122, Burnaby
D106 We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
RCB 5125, Burnaby
D107 We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 6122, Burnaby
D108 We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 2120, Burnaby
D109 We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 8104, Burnaby
D111 Th 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
RCB 5100, Burnaby
D112 Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
RCB 6100, Burnaby
D113 Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
RCB 6100, Burnaby
D114 Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
RCB 6122, Burnaby
D115 Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 6122, Burnaby
D116 Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
RCB 6122, Burnaby
D117 Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
TASC2 7201, Burnaby
D200 Rasoul Narimani
Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
SRYC 2975, Surrey
SRYC 2975, Surrey
D201 Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SRYC 2975, Surrey
OP01 Th 3:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SECB 1012, Burnaby
PHYS 120 - Mechanics and Modern Physics (3)

A general calculus-based introduction to mechanics. Topics include translational and rotational motion, momentum, energy, gravitation, and selected topics in modern physics. Prerequisite: BC Principles of Physics 12 or PHYS 100 or equivalent, with a minimum grade of C-. This prerequisite may be waived, at the discretion of the department, as determined by the student's performance on a regularly scheduled PHYS 100 final exam. Please consult the physics advisor for further details. Corequisite: MATH 150 or 151 or 154 must precede or be taken concurrently. Students with credit for PHYS 101, 125 or 140 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative/Breadth-Science.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Stephanie Simmons
Jeff Sonier
Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
SSCB 9201, Burnaby
D101 Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
BLU 10901, Burnaby
D102 Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5051, Burnaby
D104 Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
RCB 5100, Burnaby
D105 We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5036, Burnaby
D108 We 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
RCB 5118, Burnaby
D109 Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 7100, Burnaby
D110 Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
RCB 5100, Burnaby
PHYS 125 - Mechanics and Special Relativity (3)

An enriched course in mechanics for students with good preparation in physics and mathematics. Special relativity and classical topics such as translational and rotational dynamics and conservation laws will be given a much more sophisticated treatment than in our other first-year courses. Prerequisite: Permission of the department. Corequisite: MATH 125 or MATH 151. Students with credit for PHYS 101, 120 or PHYS 140 may not take PHYS 125 for further credit. Quantitative.

PHYS 140 - Studio Physics - Mechanics and Modern Physics (4)

A general calculus-based introduction to mechanics taught in an integrated lecture-laboratory environment. Topics include translational and rotational motion, momentum, energy, gravitation, and selected topics in modern physics. Prerequisite: BC Principles of Physics 12, or PHYS 100 or equivalent, with a minimum grade of C-. Corequisite: MATH 150 or 151 or 154. Students with credit for PHYS 125 or 120 or 101 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative/Breadth-Science.

and one of

PHYS 102 - Physics for the Life Sciences II (3)

Waves and optics; electricity and magnetism; modern physics emphasizing radioactivity, with applications taken from the life sciences. Prerequisite: PHYS 101 or 120 or 125 or 140; MATH 150 or 151 or 154 or 157; both with a minimum grade of C-. Corequisite: BISC 100 or 101 or 102. Recommended Corequisites: MATH 152, 155 or 158; PHYS 133. Students with credit for PHYS 121, 126, or 141 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative/Breadth-Science.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Sarah Johnson
Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
SSCC 9001, Burnaby
D101 Tu 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5036, Burnaby
D102 Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
WMC 3513, Burnaby
D103 Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5048, Burnaby
D104 Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5006, Burnaby
D106 Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5006, Burnaby
D107 We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 5100, Burnaby
D108 We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
RCB 5100, Burnaby
D109 We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 5100, Burnaby
D111 Th 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
RCB 6100, Burnaby
D112 Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
RCB 6100, Burnaby
OP01 Th 3:30 PM – 5:20 PM
WMC 2200, Burnaby
PHYS 121 - Optics, Electricity and Magnetism (3)

A general calculus-based introduction to electricity, magnetism and optics. Topics include electricity, magnetism, simple circuits, optics and topics from applied physics. Prerequisite: PHYS 120 or 125 or 140 (or PHYS 101 with a grade of A or B). Corequisite: MATH 152 or 155 must precede or be taken concurrently. Students with credit for PHYS 102, 126 or 141 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative/Breadth-Science.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Paul Haljan
Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 3182, Burnaby
D101 Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5048, Burnaby
D102 Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5036, Burnaby
D103 Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5004, Burnaby
D105 Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
RCB 6100, Burnaby
D106 We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 6100, Burnaby
D107 We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
RCB 6100, Burnaby
D110 Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 6100, Burnaby
D111 Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
EDB 9651, Burnaby
PHYS 126 - Electricity, Magnetism and Light (3)

An enriched course in electromagnetism for students with good preparation in physics and mathematics. Classical topics such as waves, electricity and magnetism, as well as wave particle duality and the birth of Quantum Mechanics, will be given a much more sophisticated treatment than in our other first year courses. Prerequisite: PHYS 125 or permission of the department. Corequisite: MATH 126 or MATH 152. Students with credit in PHYS 102, 121 or 141 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Mike Hayden
Mo, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
WMC 3255, Burnaby
WMC 3255, Burnaby
D101 Tu 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5008, Burnaby
PHYS 141 - Studio Physics - Optics, Electricity and Magnetism (4)

A general calculus-based introduction to electricity, magnetism and optics taught in an integrated lecture-laboratory environment. Topics include electricity, magnetism, simple circuits, optics and topics from applied physics. Prerequisite: PHYS 120 or PHYS 125 or PHYS 140, with a minimum grade of C-, or PHYS 101 with a minimum grade of B. Corequisite: MATH 152 or MATH 155. Students with credit for PHYS 126 or 121 or 102 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative/Breadth-Science.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Neil Alberding
Mo, We, Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
SRYC 2975, Surrey
D101 Mo 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SRYC 2975, Surrey
D200 Neil Alberding
Mo, We, Fr 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SRYC 2975, Surrey
D201 Mo 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SRYC 2975, Surrey
LA01 We, Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SRYC 2975, Surrey
LA02 We, Fr 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SRYC 2975, Surrey

Students are encouraged to complete all lower division requirements before registering for upper division courses. Students who intend to apply for medical, dental, veterinary, or other professional program may need additional courses and are encouraged to consult with the Biological Sciences Undergraduate Advisor.

Upper Division Requirements

Students complete a minimum 60 upper division units in BISC, consisting of 4 core courses, concentration specific courses, and a 3 course Independent Study Semester (ISS), as outline below. Students may need to take additional course(s) to satisfy the 60 units requirement. Students must obtain a C- or better on all Upper Division Requirements.

All students complete 4 core courses, as follows.

BISC 300 - Evolution (3)

The phenomenon of organic evolution, and the major forces leading to changes in allele frequencies over time, i.e. natural selection and genetic drift. Topics include adaptation, speciation, the origin of life, and the major evolutionary trends over geological time. Prerequisite: BISC 202 with a grade of C- or better. Recommended: BISC 204. Students with credit for BISC 400 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Rolf Mathewes
Mo, We, Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 3005, Burnaby
D101 Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5038, Burnaby
D102 Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5050, Burnaby
D104 Fr 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5027, Burnaby
D105 Fr 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5038, Burnaby
BISC 333 - Developmental Biology (3)

Classical and modern experimental approaches will be described for understanding development of embryos of several species having common and distinctive features. These approaches are at the organismal, cellular, molecular and genetic levels. Prerequisite: BISC 202, MBB 222, MBB 231 with a grade of C- or better.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Onkar Bains
Mo, We, Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 3150, Burnaby
D101 Mo 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
WMC 2531, Burnaby
D102 Mo 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 5125, Burnaby
D103 We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
RCB 6101, Burnaby
D105 Fr 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
RCB 7101, Burnaby

and one of

BISC 305 - Animal Physiology (3)

A comparative study of basic physiological mechanisms in invertebrates and vertebrates. Prerequisite: MBB 221 or 231 and PHYS 102 (or PHYS 121 or 126 or 141) with a grade of C- or better.

BISC 366 - Plant Physiology (3)

The plant's physical environment and the physiological basis (mechanisms and principles) of the interaction between plants and their environment in relation to their survival and ecological distribution. Prerequisite: MBB 231 with a grade of C- or better.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Jim Mattsson
Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
SECB 1010, Burnaby
D101 Mo 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5050, Burnaby
D103 We 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
AQ 5050, Burnaby

and at least one of

BISC 303 - Microbiology (4)

The biology of micro-organisms and their significance in the understanding of cellular processes. Students are required to come into the lab on average of two hours per week in addition to the four hour scheduled lab each week for project work. Prerequisite: BISC 102 and MBB 231 with a grade of C- or better.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Peter Hollmann
Tu 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
Th 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 3149, Burnaby
SSCK 9500, Burnaby
LAB1 Tu, Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SSB 8133, Burnaby
LAB2 Tu, Th 1:30 PM – 3:20 PM
SSB 8133, Burnaby
LAB3 Tu, Th 3:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSB 8133, Burnaby
BISC 306 - Invertebrate Biology (4)

An introduction to selected invertebrate phyla with an emphasis on functional morphology, diversity and ecology. Prerequisite: BISC 101, 102 and 204 with a grade of C- or better.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Mike Hart
Erin Barley
Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
Th 9:30 AM – 11:20 AM
WMC 3210, Burnaby
WMC 3250, Burnaby
LAB1 Tu 1:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SSCB 8225, Burnaby
LAB2 We 1:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SSCB 8225, Burnaby
BISC 316 - Vertebrate Biology (4)

A review of the evolution and the taxonomy of the vertebrate classes. A comparative study of their organ systems and functions with particular reference to reproduction. A comparison of the functional morphology of some species by laboratory dissections. Prerequisite: BISC 101 and 102 with a grade of C- or better.

BISC 317 - Insect Biology (3)

Life histories, bionomics, comparative morphology, and classification of insects and related organisms. A collection may be required, depending on instructor. Prerequisite: BISC 101 and 102 with a grade of C- or better.

BISC 318 - Parasitology (3)

Ecology and phylogeny of animal parasites (from protozoa to helminthes), including those of humans, domestic animals and wildlife. Parasite success, host-parasite interactions, general epidemiological principles of parasitic infections, and reproductive strategies used by parasites to increase the likelihood of transmission as well as host responses and medical options for past and current parasite problems. Prerequisite: BISC 101 and 102, and 204 or HSCI 212 with a grade of C- or better and completion of 60 units. Recommended: BISC 300 and 306. Students who have taken BISC 418 Parasitology may not take this course for further credit.

BISC 326 - Biology of Algae and Fungi (3)

A survey of form, function and phenetics. Prerequisite: BISC 101 and 102 with a grade of C- or better.

BISC 337 - Plant Biology (4)

An introductory course covering many aspects of plant biology including the origin and evolution of plants, basic anatomy, plant growth and development and the utilization and impact of plants in human society. Prerequisite: BISC 101 and 102 with a grade of C- or better.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Audrey Pearson
Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
WMC 2220, Burnaby
LAB1 Tu 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSB 8173, Burnaby
LAB2 We 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSB 8173, Burnaby
LAB3 Th 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSB 8173, Burnaby

Cells, Molecules, and Physiology (CMP) Concentration

This concentration is for students who wish to specialize in Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, and Physiology. The program provides flexibility for students to pursue their interests across these disciplines.

Students who choose this concentration will complete two of the following techniques courses

BISC 302W - Genetic Analysis (3)

Discussion and manipulations of some of the organisms and techniques applicable to genetic analysis. Students are required to come into the lab on average of two hours per week in addition to the four hour scheduled lab each week for project work. Prerequisite: BISC 202 with a grade of C- or better. Students with credit for BISC 302 may not take this course for further credit. Writing.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Kathleen Fitzpatrick
Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
BLU 10011, Burnaby
AQ 3003, Burnaby
LAB1 Tu 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSB 8121, Burnaby
LAB2 We 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSB 8121, Burnaby
LAB3 Th 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSB 8121, Burnaby
BISC 303 - Microbiology (4)

The biology of micro-organisms and their significance in the understanding of cellular processes. Students are required to come into the lab on average of two hours per week in addition to the four hour scheduled lab each week for project work. Prerequisite: BISC 102 and MBB 231 with a grade of C- or better.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Peter Hollmann
Tu 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
Th 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 3149, Burnaby
SSCK 9500, Burnaby
LAB1 Tu, Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SSB 8133, Burnaby
LAB2 Tu, Th 1:30 PM – 3:20 PM
SSB 8133, Burnaby
LAB3 Tu, Th 3:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSB 8133, Burnaby
BISC 357 - Genetic Engineering (4)

Techniques in gene cloning and the evaluation of gene function are introduced in lectures and practiced in labs. Lab exercises include genomic DNA, RNA, and plasmid purification; PCR; various cloning techniques; and construction of novel genes. Students are introduced to additional techniques in lectures including gene editing, and genome sequencing. Prerequisite: BISC 202, MBB 222, and MBB 231, all with a grade of C- or better. Recommended: MBB 331. Students with credit for MBB 308 may not take this course for further credit.

BPK 408W - Cellular Physiology Laboratory (3)

An advanced laboratory course in cellular physiological techniques providing students with theoretical and practical training in cellular physiology laboratory techniques such as DNA and RNA manipulation and quantification, immunofluorescence imaging of protein expression, tissue contraction studies and recording of nerve action potentials and modulation. Prerequisite: STAT 201 and BPK 305 for BPK Majors or BISC 305 for BISC Majors. Enrollment of non-BPK and non-BISC majors require permission of the instructor. Writing.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Nadine Wicks
Mo 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
AQ 3005, Burnaby
D101 Tu 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSB 8169, Burnaby
D102 We 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSB 8169, Burnaby
D103 Tu 8:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SSB 8169, Burnaby

and at least four additional stream electives from

BISC 302W - Genetic Analysis (3)

Discussion and manipulations of some of the organisms and techniques applicable to genetic analysis. Students are required to come into the lab on average of two hours per week in addition to the four hour scheduled lab each week for project work. Prerequisite: BISC 202 with a grade of C- or better. Students with credit for BISC 302 may not take this course for further credit. Writing.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Kathleen Fitzpatrick
Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
BLU 10011, Burnaby
AQ 3003, Burnaby
LAB1 Tu 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSB 8121, Burnaby
LAB2 We 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSB 8121, Burnaby
LAB3 Th 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSB 8121, Burnaby
BISC 303 - Microbiology (4)

The biology of micro-organisms and their significance in the understanding of cellular processes. Students are required to come into the lab on average of two hours per week in addition to the four hour scheduled lab each week for project work. Prerequisite: BISC 102 and MBB 231 with a grade of C- or better.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Peter Hollmann
Tu 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
Th 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 3149, Burnaby
SSCK 9500, Burnaby
LAB1 Tu, Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SSB 8133, Burnaby
LAB2 Tu, Th 1:30 PM – 3:20 PM
SSB 8133, Burnaby
LAB3 Tu, Th 3:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSB 8133, Burnaby
BISC 313 - Environmental Toxicology: A Mechanistic Perspective (3)

Students are introduced to general principles of toxicological action, testing, evaluation and assessment. The environmental fate and toxic mechanisms of action of several important classes of environmental pollutants in several organisms (including humans) will be examined at different levels of organization, from the molecular and biochemical to the function of organ systems and behavior. Prerequisite: BISC 101 and one of BISC 204, GEOG 215, or MBB 231; all with a grade of C- or better.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Chris Kennedy
Mo, We, Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 3159, Burnaby
D101 Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5005, Burnaby
D102 Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5006, Burnaby
D103 Fr 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5006, Burnaby
D104 Fr 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5006, Burnaby
BISC 357 - Genetic Engineering (4)

Techniques in gene cloning and the evaluation of gene function are introduced in lectures and practiced in labs. Lab exercises include genomic DNA, RNA, and plasmid purification; PCR; various cloning techniques; and construction of novel genes. Students are introduced to additional techniques in lectures including gene editing, and genome sequencing. Prerequisite: BISC 202, MBB 222, and MBB 231, all with a grade of C- or better. Recommended: MBB 331. Students with credit for MBB 308 may not take this course for further credit.

BISC 403 - Current Topics in Cell Biology (3)

The lectures will explore two or three major themes in current cell biology, such as cell motility, the cell cycle, and cellular signalling. A critical component of the course is to develop an understanding of the experimental basis of our knowledge about cells. Prerequisite: MBB 222, 231 with C- or better, and completion of 75 units, or completion of BISC 305 or 366 with a C- or better. Students with credit for BISC 372 under this topic may not take this course for further credit.

BISC 405 - Neurobiology (3)

Physiology of neuroscience, focusing on cellular and molecular mechanisms. Topics include: cellular and subcellular organization of the nervous system, electrical properties of neurons, ion channels, synaptic transmission, sensory systems, learning and memory, neurodegenerative diseases. Prerequisite: BISC 305 or BPK 305 or BPK 306 with a grade of C- or better. Students who have completed BISC 472 under the title 'Neurobiology' may not complete BISC 405 for further credit.

BISC 421 - Models in Biology: From Molecules to Migration (3)

Students are introduced to models and simulations for biological systems at the ecosystem, organismal, cellular, and molecular levels. They will discover how to design and use models, and will then apply these skills to build their own model using basic mathematical tools, Excel, and Matlab. Prerequisite: MATH 150 or 151, and 152 both with a grade of C+ or better, or MATH 154 and 155 both with a grade of B or better; and at least 60 units; or permission of the instructor. Recommended: A 100 level Biology course. Students who have taken Special Topics course BISC 475 "Movement, Molecules, and Models" may not take BISC 421 for further credit. Quantitative.

BISC 423 - Developmental Neurobiology (3)

All aspects of neuronal development from the specification of neurons in the early embryo to the formation and maturation of neuronal circuits. Both invertebrate and vertebrate model organisms will be studied with emphasis on the molecular basis of nervous system development. Prerequisite: BISC 101, BISC 102, BISC 202, MBB 222, MBB 231; all with a grade of C- or better. Recommended: BISC 333 or MBB 331. Students with credit for MBB 444 may not take this course for further credit. Students who have taken Special Topics BISC 472 or BISC 474 Nervous System Development may not take this course for further credit.

BISC 424 - Applied Genomics (3)

The course provides an overview of "omics" methods in large-scale identification of gene functions in various organisms, and demonstrates how this knowledge can be applied in genomics fields, including plant and animal breeding. Prerequisite: BISC 101, BISC 102, BISC 202, MBB 222, MBB 231, and either BISC 357 or MBB 331; all with a grade of C- or better. Students who have taken Special Topics BISC 471 Applied Genomics may not take this course for further credit.

BISC 425 - Sensory Biology (3)

This course will examine the basic physiological mechanisms underlying various senses including vision, audition, olfaction, gustation, and touch. Non-mamalian senses like polarization sensitivity and mechanoreception will also be explored. Lectures will combine concepts from physics, systems neuroscience, cell and molecular biology, and behaviour. The aim is to present an overview of the major sensory mechanisms underlying animal behaviour. Prerequisite: BISC 305, or BPK 305, or BPK 306 with a grade of C- or better. Students who have taken special topics courses BISC 471 or 473 with the title "Sensory Biology" may not take this course for further credit.

BISC 439 - Industrial Microbiology (4)

This course introduces students to the use of microorganisms in biotechnology, e.g. in the environmental, pharmaceutical and chemical industries. The lectures will cover the unique physiology/biochemistry of industrial microorganisms and their use in processes such as fermentation, bioremediation, chemical synthesis and protein production. The laboratory component is designed as a series of exercises that form a complete research project. Prerequisite: BISC 303 with a grade of C- or better, or equivalent.

BISC 445 - Environmental Physiology of Animals (3)

A discussion of the physiological mechanisms and adaptations which permit animals to live in diverse environments. The course will adopt a comparative approach to physiology. Prerequisite: BISC 305 with a grade of C- or better.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Julian Christians
Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
WMC 2202, Burnaby
D101 Fr 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5047, Burnaby
D102 Fr 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5047, Burnaby
D103 Fr 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5047, Burnaby
BISC 455 - Endocrinology (3)

A study of endocrine organs and their role in integrating physiological functions in animals. Prerequisite: BISC 305 and one of BISC 306 or 316 with a grade of C- or better.

BISC 457 - Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (3)

An introduction to plant molecular biology and the techniques, applications and issues of plant genetic engineering. Prerequisite: MBB 222, MBB 231 with a grade of C- or better.

BISC 471 - Special Topics in Cells, Molecules and Physiology (3)

Special Topics in Cells, Molecules and Physiology not currently offered in the Department of Biological Science. Prerequisite: To be announced.

BISC 472 - Special Topics in Cells, Molecules and Physiology (3)

Selected topics in areas not currently offered within the undergraduate course offerings in the Department of Biological Sciences. Prerequisite: To be announced.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Julian Guttman
Mo, We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 3149, Burnaby
SSCB 9200, Burnaby
BISC 475 - Special Topics in Biology (3)

Selected topics not currently offered in the Department of Biological Sciences. Prerequisite: To be announced.

BISC 497W - Undergraduate Research: Writing Intensive (3)

Directed study, and research or scientific communication, in an area of biology or biological pedagogy. A student may enroll in this course only with prior written agreement of a faculty member to act as a research supervisor, who will also provide instruction and feedback on the writing and presentation of results from the research. Prerequisite: Completion of lower division course requirements. Writing.

BISC 498 - Undergraduate Research I (3)

Directed study, and research or scientific communication, in an area of biology or biological pedagogy. A student may enroll in this course only with prior written agreement of a faculty member to act as a research supervisor. Prerequisite: Completion of lower division course requirements.

BISC 499 - Undergraduate Research II (3)

Directed study, and research or scientific communication, in an area of biology or biological pedagogy. A student may enroll in this course only with prior written agreement of a faculty member to act as a research supervisor. Prerequisite: Completion of lower division course requirements.

BPK 408W - Cellular Physiology Laboratory (3)

An advanced laboratory course in cellular physiological techniques providing students with theoretical and practical training in cellular physiology laboratory techniques such as DNA and RNA manipulation and quantification, immunofluorescence imaging of protein expression, tissue contraction studies and recording of nerve action potentials and modulation. Prerequisite: STAT 201 and BPK 305 for BPK Majors or BISC 305 for BISC Majors. Enrollment of non-BPK and non-BISC majors require permission of the instructor. Writing.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Nadine Wicks
Mo 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
AQ 3005, Burnaby
D101 Tu 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSB 8169, Burnaby
D102 We 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSB 8169, Burnaby
D103 Tu 8:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SSB 8169, Burnaby

and two upper division elective courses (minimum of six units) from BISC, BPK, HSCI, MBB, PHYS, or STAT, subject to approval by the department. Normally no more than two research intensive courses (such as BISC 497W, 498, or 499) may be used to satisfy stream requirements. Students complete a total of five lab courses (which may include one of BISC 497W, 498, 499) among their upper division courses. A minimum of 3 CMP stream courses must be at the 400 level.

Ecology, Evolution and Conservation (EEC) Concentration

This concentration integrates theoretical and applied approaches to Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation. Students interested in obtaining additional field biology experience may also take courses at Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre, listed under Marine Sciences (MASC) in the course calendar. The EEC concentration is accredited by the College of Applied Biology (see the Biological Sciences website for details).

Students who choose this concentration will complete both

STAT 302 - Analysis of Experimental and Observational Data (3)

The standard techniques of multiple regression analysis, analysis of variance, and analysis of covariance, and their role in observational and experimental studies. This course may not be used to satisfy the upper division requirements of the Statistics major or honours program. Prerequisite: One of STAT 201, STAT 203, STAT 205, STAT 270, or BUEC 232. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
C900 Tim Swartz
Distance Education
D100 Marie Loughin
Tu 11:30 AM – 1:20 PM
Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SSCB 9200, Burnaby
SSCB 9200, Burnaby
OP01 TBD
BISC 360W - Techniques in Ecology and Evolution (3)

A practical lab- and field-based introduction to techniques in ecology and evolution. Students will collect, analyze, and interpret data, using appropriate experimental design and statistical methods. Specific topics include: sampling and describing communities, evaluating spatial patterns, investigating animal behaviour, population estimation, estimating competition, and phylogenetic inference. Prerequisite: BISC 202, BISC 204 (or GEOG 215), and STAT 201, all with C- or better. Students who have taken BISC 404 Plant Ecology may not take BISC 360 for further credit. Writing.

and at least one additional organismal course from:

BISC 306 - Invertebrate Biology (4)

An introduction to selected invertebrate phyla with an emphasis on functional morphology, diversity and ecology. Prerequisite: BISC 101, 102 and 204 with a grade of C- or better.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Mike Hart
Erin Barley
Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
Th 9:30 AM – 11:20 AM
WMC 3210, Burnaby
WMC 3250, Burnaby
LAB1 Tu 1:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SSCB 8225, Burnaby
LAB2 We 1:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SSCB 8225, Burnaby
BISC 316 - Vertebrate Biology (4)

A review of the evolution and the taxonomy of the vertebrate classes. A comparative study of their organ systems and functions with particular reference to reproduction. A comparison of the functional morphology of some species by laboratory dissections. Prerequisite: BISC 101 and 102 with a grade of C- or better.

BISC 317 - Insect Biology (3)

Life histories, bionomics, comparative morphology, and classification of insects and related organisms. A collection may be required, depending on instructor. Prerequisite: BISC 101 and 102 with a grade of C- or better.

BISC 326 - Biology of Algae and Fungi (3)

A survey of form, function and phenetics. Prerequisite: BISC 101 and 102 with a grade of C- or better.

BISC 337 - Plant Biology (4)

An introductory course covering many aspects of plant biology including the origin and evolution of plants, basic anatomy, plant growth and development and the utilization and impact of plants in human society. Prerequisite: BISC 101 and 102 with a grade of C- or better.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Audrey Pearson
Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
WMC 2220, Burnaby
LAB1 Tu 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSB 8173, Burnaby
LAB2 We 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSB 8173, Burnaby
LAB3 Th 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSB 8173, Burnaby

and at least one applied course from

BISC 308 - Environmental Toxicology: An Ecological Perspective (3)

Students are introduced to the major environmental toxicants, their sources, and interactions with terrestrial and aquatic environments. Through historical and current case studies of environmental toxicants, this course will provide an understanding of the basic principles of environmental toxicology particularly as they apply to populations, communities and ecosystems. Prerequisite: BISC 101, BISC 102, and either BISC 204 or GEOG 215, all with C- or better. Students who have taken BISC 312, or special topics course BISC 473 with the title "Introduction to Environmental Toxicology", may not take this course for further credit.

BISC 309 - Conservation Biology (3)

An examination of the primary threats to biodiversity, how biological processes contribute to the persistence of populations and structure of communities, and species and landscape approaches to conservation in the real world. Prerequisite: BISC 204 with a grade of C- or better. Students who have taken BISC 474 in Spring 2006 or BISC 475 in Spring 2008 as special topics courses titled 'Conservation Ecology' cannot take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Audrey Pearson
Mo 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5037, Burnaby
AQ 5037, Burnaby
D101 Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5050, Burnaby
D102 Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5051, Burnaby
D103 Fr 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5051, Burnaby
BISC 413 - Fisheries Ecology (3)

Fisheries from an ecological point of view, whereby the principles of population dynamics, behaviour, competition and predator-prey relationships are applied to conservation and management of the world's fisheries. Prerequisite: BISC 204 with a grade of C- or better. Students who have taken BISC 472 with the title "Fisheries Ecology" may not take this course for further credit.

BISC 435 - Introduction to Pest Management (3)

Survey of the natures, causes and consequences of pest problems and of the natural and applied factors and processes that determine their occurrence and intensity. Prerequisite: BISC 317 with a grade of C- or better, or 75 units.

and at least two conceptual courses from

BISC 407 - Population Dynamics (3)

An evaluation of factors influencing the natural fluctuation and regulation of plant and animal population numbers. Prerequisite: BISC 102 and either BISC 204 or GEOG 215, all with a grade of C- or better.

BISC 410 - Behavioral Ecology (3)

An introduction to the evolution of behavior and its adaptiveness in a natural context. Prerequisite: BISC 102 and either BISC 204 or GEOG 215, all with a grade of C- or better.

BISC 420 - Community Ecology (3)

This course will examine the importance of species interactions that occur in ecological communities and the role of biotic and abiotic, natural and anthropogenic processes that underpin large-scale patterns of biodiversity. The course will provide a strong conceptual framework in community ecology with a focus on hypothesis development, alternative methodological approaches, the interpretation of data, and the synthesis of information across studies. Prerequisite: BISC 204 or GEOG 215; with a grade of C- or better. Students who have completed BISC 304 or BISC 404 may not take BISC 420 for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 David Green
Mo, We, Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
AQ 3149, Burnaby
D101 Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5048, Burnaby
D102 Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5050, Burnaby
D103 Fr 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5050, Burnaby
BISC 422 - Population Genetics (3)

Theoretical and experimental aspects of inheritance at the population level. Topics include Hardy-Weinberg, one- and two-locus selection theory, introduction to quantitative genetics, and Fisher's fundamental theorem of natural selection. Prerequisite: BISC 202 with a grade of C- or better and STAT 201.

BISC 440W - Biodiversity (3)

The production and organization of biodiversity (investigations of species, and an in-depth look at taxonomy, systematics and phylogenetics). Evolutionary and ecological theories behind the patterns of biodiversity (the current and future geographic distribution of species, and how biodiversity is related to ecosystem function). The values society gives biodiversity (how our values are reflected in law and regulation). Prerequisite: BISC 300, STAT 201 or equivalent, both with C or better, plus 75 units. Students with credit for BISC 440 may not repeat this course for further credit. Writing.

and at least two additional stream electives from

BISC 308 - Environmental Toxicology: An Ecological Perspective (3)

Students are introduced to the major environmental toxicants, their sources, and interactions with terrestrial and aquatic environments. Through historical and current case studies of environmental toxicants, this course will provide an understanding of the basic principles of environmental toxicology particularly as they apply to populations, communities and ecosystems. Prerequisite: BISC 101, BISC 102, and either BISC 204 or GEOG 215, all with C- or better. Students who have taken BISC 312, or special topics course BISC 473 with the title "Introduction to Environmental Toxicology", may not take this course for further credit.

BISC 309 - Conservation Biology (3)

An examination of the primary threats to biodiversity, how biological processes contribute to the persistence of populations and structure of communities, and species and landscape approaches to conservation in the real world. Prerequisite: BISC 204 with a grade of C- or better. Students who have taken BISC 474 in Spring 2006 or BISC 475 in Spring 2008 as special topics courses titled 'Conservation Ecology' cannot take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Audrey Pearson
Mo 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5037, Burnaby
AQ 5037, Burnaby
D101 Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5050, Burnaby
D102 Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5051, Burnaby
D103 Fr 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5051, Burnaby
BISC 407 - Population Dynamics (3)

An evaluation of factors influencing the natural fluctuation and regulation of plant and animal population numbers. Prerequisite: BISC 102 and either BISC 204 or GEOG 215, all with a grade of C- or better.

BISC 410 - Behavioral Ecology (3)

An introduction to the evolution of behavior and its adaptiveness in a natural context. Prerequisite: BISC 102 and either BISC 204 or GEOG 215, all with a grade of C- or better.

BISC 412 - Aquatic Ecology (3)

The scientific study of marine and freshwater ecosystems. Through a combination of lecture and field/lab components, the course will examine a combination of fundamental concepts of aquatic ecology as well as challenges posed to these ecosystems by environmental change. Students will gain hands-on experience with data collection, analysis, and communication. Prerequisite: BISC 101, BISC 102, and either BISC 204 or GEOG 215; all with a grade of C- or better. Students who have completed Special Topics BISC 473 Aquatic Ecology may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Jonathan Moore
Tu 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5037, Burnaby
LAB1 Tu 12:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SSCB 8214, Burnaby
LAB2 We 12:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SSCB 8214, Burnaby
BISC 413 - Fisheries Ecology (3)

Fisheries from an ecological point of view, whereby the principles of population dynamics, behaviour, competition and predator-prey relationships are applied to conservation and management of the world's fisheries. Prerequisite: BISC 204 with a grade of C- or better. Students who have taken BISC 472 with the title "Fisheries Ecology" may not take this course for further credit.

BISC 414 - Limnology (3)

An integrated examination of biological, chemical and physical processes in lakes and running water ecosystems. Interactions among biological, chemical and physical controls on the structure, function and dynamics of aquatic ecosystems are emphasized. Environmental problems resulting from human disturbances to aquatic ecosystems are examined. Prerequisite: 75 units of credit in a science program, including BISC 204 with a grade of C- or better or GEOG 215, or permission of the instructor.

BISC 420 - Community Ecology (3)

This course will examine the importance of species interactions that occur in ecological communities and the role of biotic and abiotic, natural and anthropogenic processes that underpin large-scale patterns of biodiversity. The course will provide a strong conceptual framework in community ecology with a focus on hypothesis development, alternative methodological approaches, the interpretation of data, and the synthesis of information across studies. Prerequisite: BISC 204 or GEOG 215; with a grade of C- or better. Students who have completed BISC 304 or BISC 404 may not take BISC 420 for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 David Green
Mo, We, Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
AQ 3149, Burnaby
D101 Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5048, Burnaby
D102 Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5050, Burnaby
D103 Fr 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5050, Burnaby
BISC 421 - Models in Biology: From Molecules to Migration (3)

Students are introduced to models and simulations for biological systems at the ecosystem, organismal, cellular, and molecular levels. They will discover how to design and use models, and will then apply these skills to build their own model using basic mathematical tools, Excel, and Matlab. Prerequisite: MATH 150 or 151, and 152 both with a grade of C+ or better, or MATH 154 and 155 both with a grade of B or better; and at least 60 units; or permission of the instructor. Recommended: A 100 level Biology course. Students who have taken Special Topics course BISC 475 "Movement, Molecules, and Models" may not take BISC 421 for further credit. Quantitative.

BISC 422 - Population Genetics (3)

Theoretical and experimental aspects of inheritance at the population level. Topics include Hardy-Weinberg, one- and two-locus selection theory, introduction to quantitative genetics, and Fisher's fundamental theorem of natural selection. Prerequisite: BISC 202 with a grade of C- or better and STAT 201.

BISC 434 - Paleoecology and Palynology (3)

The principles of paleoenvironmental reconstruction, emphasizing the study of pollen grains, spores, and other microfossils in solving problems of paleobiology and earth history. Prerequisite: Minimum 60 units including BISC 204 with a grade of C- or better or GEOG 215. Some background in Botany, Biogeography or Earth Sciences is desirable.

BISC 435 - Introduction to Pest Management (3)

Survey of the natures, causes and consequences of pest problems and of the natural and applied factors and processes that determine their occurrence and intensity. Prerequisite: BISC 317 with a grade of C- or better, or 75 units.

BISC 440W - Biodiversity (3)

The production and organization of biodiversity (investigations of species, and an in-depth look at taxonomy, systematics and phylogenetics). Evolutionary and ecological theories behind the patterns of biodiversity (the current and future geographic distribution of species, and how biodiversity is related to ecosystem function). The values society gives biodiversity (how our values are reflected in law and regulation). Prerequisite: BISC 300, STAT 201 or equivalent, both with C or better, plus 75 units. Students with credit for BISC 440 may not repeat this course for further credit. Writing.

BISC 441 - Evolution of Health and Disease (3)

Application of the principles and theories of evolution and ecology to the study of health and disease, with a particular but not exclusive emphasis on humans. Topics to be covered include the evolutionary ecology of infectious disease, the immune system, cancer, senescence, fetal programming, and the genetic/environmental bases of disease. The course will involve a combination of lectures by the primary faculty member teaching the course, discussions, student research projects (papers, written and revised, and presentations to the class), and specialist guest lectures. Prerequisite: BISC 202 or 204 with a grade of C- or better. Recommended: BISC 300.

BISC 445 - Environmental Physiology of Animals (3)

A discussion of the physiological mechanisms and adaptations which permit animals to live in diverse environments. The course will adopt a comparative approach to physiology. Prerequisite: BISC 305 with a grade of C- or better.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Julian Christians
Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
WMC 2202, Burnaby
D101 Fr 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5047, Burnaby
D102 Fr 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5047, Burnaby
D103 Fr 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5047, Burnaby
BISC 473 - Special Topics in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation (3)

Selected topics in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation not currently offered in the Department of Biological Science. Prerequisite: To be announced.

BISC 474 - Special Topics in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation (3)

Selected topics in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation not currently offered in the Department of Biological Science. Prerequisite: To be announced.

BISC 497W - Undergraduate Research: Writing Intensive (3)

Directed study, and research or scientific communication, in an area of biology or biological pedagogy. A student may enroll in this course only with prior written agreement of a faculty member to act as a research supervisor, who will also provide instruction and feedback on the writing and presentation of results from the research. Prerequisite: Completion of lower division course requirements. Writing.

BISC 498 - Undergraduate Research I (3)

Directed study, and research or scientific communication, in an area of biology or biological pedagogy. A student may enroll in this course only with prior written agreement of a faculty member to act as a research supervisor. Prerequisite: Completion of lower division course requirements.

BISC 499 - Undergraduate Research II (3)

Directed study, and research or scientific communication, in an area of biology or biological pedagogy. A student may enroll in this course only with prior written agreement of a faculty member to act as a research supervisor. Prerequisite: Completion of lower division course requirements.

Courses from other units such as the Faculty of Environment and MASC courses may count as options toward these stream electives, subject to approval by the department. Students complete a total of five lab courses (which may include BISC 491 and one of BISC 497W, 498, 499) among their upper division courses.

Open Concentration

This concentration allows students to build their own program and combine interests spanning the full diversity of courses offered in the Department.

Students who choose this concentration will complete one of the following techniques courses

BISC 302W - Genetic Analysis (3)

Discussion and manipulations of some of the organisms and techniques applicable to genetic analysis. Students are required to come into the lab on average of two hours per week in addition to the four hour scheduled lab each week for project work. Prerequisite: BISC 202 with a grade of C- or better. Students with credit for BISC 302 may not take this course for further credit. Writing.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Kathleen Fitzpatrick
Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
BLU 10011, Burnaby
AQ 3003, Burnaby
LAB1 Tu 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSB 8121, Burnaby
LAB2 We 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSB 8121, Burnaby
LAB3 Th 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSB 8121, Burnaby
BISC 303 - Microbiology (4)

The biology of micro-organisms and their significance in the understanding of cellular processes. Students are required to come into the lab on average of two hours per week in addition to the four hour scheduled lab each week for project work. Prerequisite: BISC 102 and MBB 231 with a grade of C- or better.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Peter Hollmann
Tu 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
Th 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 3149, Burnaby
SSCK 9500, Burnaby
LAB1 Tu, Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SSB 8133, Burnaby
LAB2 Tu, Th 1:30 PM – 3:20 PM
SSB 8133, Burnaby
LAB3 Tu, Th 3:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSB 8133, Burnaby
BISC 357 - Genetic Engineering (4)

Techniques in gene cloning and the evaluation of gene function are introduced in lectures and practiced in labs. Lab exercises include genomic DNA, RNA, and plasmid purification; PCR; various cloning techniques; and construction of novel genes. Students are introduced to additional techniques in lectures including gene editing, and genome sequencing. Prerequisite: BISC 202, MBB 222, and MBB 231, all with a grade of C- or better. Recommended: MBB 331. Students with credit for MBB 308 may not take this course for further credit.

BISC 360W - Techniques in Ecology and Evolution (3)

A practical lab- and field-based introduction to techniques in ecology and evolution. Students will collect, analyze, and interpret data, using appropriate experimental design and statistical methods. Specific topics include: sampling and describing communities, evaluating spatial patterns, investigating animal behaviour, population estimation, estimating competition, and phylogenetic inference. Prerequisite: BISC 202, BISC 204 (or GEOG 215), and STAT 201, all with C- or better. Students who have taken BISC 404 Plant Ecology may not take BISC 360 for further credit. Writing.

BPK 408W - Cellular Physiology Laboratory (3)

An advanced laboratory course in cellular physiological techniques providing students with theoretical and practical training in cellular physiology laboratory techniques such as DNA and RNA manipulation and quantification, immunofluorescence imaging of protein expression, tissue contraction studies and recording of nerve action potentials and modulation. Prerequisite: STAT 201 and BPK 305 for BPK Majors or BISC 305 for BISC Majors. Enrollment of non-BPK and non-BISC majors require permission of the instructor. Writing.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Nadine Wicks
Mo 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
AQ 3005, Burnaby
D101 Tu 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSB 8169, Burnaby
D102 We 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSB 8169, Burnaby
D103 Tu 8:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SSB 8169, Burnaby

and an additional 7 upper division BISC courses (totaling a minimum of 21 units). Students may substitute up to 2 upper division courses from other units (e.g., BPK, FENV, HSCI, MASC, MBB, PHYS, or STAT), subject to approval by the department. Normally no more than two research intensive courses (such as BISC 497W, 498, or 499) may be used to satisfy stream requirements. Students complete a total of five lab courses (which may include one of BISC 497W, 498, 499) among their upper division courses. A minimum of 3 BISC courses must be at the 400 level.

Independent Study Semester (ISS)

The ISS is a research-based thesis, completed under the supervision of a faculty member in Biological Sciences. It consists of 3 integrated courses, as follows

BISC 490 - Research Design (5)

Student will design an individual research project under the supervision and guidance of a faculty member. The project must relate to biological research or pedagogical research in biology. At the time of application, students will normally have a CGPA of 3.00 (B standing). BISC 490 may be taken in the term prior to BISC 491/492 by students intending to complete the three course ISS. Prerequisite: Completion of all lower division biological sciences courses, plus upper division BISC courses appropriate to the subject of the intended research as determined by the departmental undergraduate curriculum committee; completion of all physics, chemistry and mathematics requirements for the major or honours program.

BISC 491 - Research Technique (5)

Student will carry out an individual research project under the supervision and guidance of a faculty member. The project must relate to biological or pedagogical research in biology. Prerequisite: Completion of all lower division biological sciences courses, plus upper division BISC courses appropriate to the subject of the intended research as determined by the departmental undergraduate curriculum committee; completion of all physics, chemistry and mathematics requirements for the major or honours program; at the time of application, students will normally have a CGPA of 3.00 (B standing). Corequisite: BISC 490 and 492.

BISC 492W - Research Reporting (5)

Student will report on an individual research project under the supervision and guidance of a faculty member. The project must relate to biological or pedagogical research in biology. Prerequisite: Completion of all lower division biological sciences courses, plus upper division BISC courses appropriate to the subject of the intended research as determined by the departmental undergraduate curriculum committee; completion of all physics, chemistry and mathematics requirements for the major or honours program; at the time of application, students will normally have a CGPA of 3.00 (B standing). Corequisite: BISC 490 and BISC 491. Writing.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Mo, Tu, We 6:30 PM – 8:20 PM
SSCB 8218, Burnaby

University Honours Degree Requirements

Students must also satisfy University degree requirements for degree completion.

Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements

Students admitted to Simon Fraser University beginning in the fall 2006 term must meet writing, quantitative and breadth requirements as part of any degree program they may undertake. See Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements for university-wide information.

WQB Graduation Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required to earn W, Q or B credit

Requirement

Units

Notes
W - Writing

6

Must include at least one upper division course, taken at Simon Fraser University within the student’s major subject
Q - Quantitative

6

Q courses may be lower or upper division
B - Breadth

18

Designated Breadth Must be outside the student’s major subject, and may be lower or upper division
6 units Social Sciences: B-Soc
6 units Humanities: B-Hum
6 units Sciences: B-Sci

6

Additional Breadth 6 units outside the student’s major subject (may or may not be B-designated courses, and will likely help fulfil individual degree program requirements)

Students choosing to complete a joint major, joint honours, double major, two extended minors, an extended minor and a minor, or two minors may satisfy the breadth requirements (designated or not designated) with courses completed in either one or both program areas.

 

Residency Requirements and Transfer Credit

  • At least half of the program's total units must be earned through Simon Fraser University study.
  • At least two thirds of the program's total upper division units must be earned through Simon Fraser University study.

Students who transfer into the Biological Sciences Major from other institutions may count a maximum of 2 transfer courses toward their upper division program requirements. Transfer students are encouraged to meet with the Undergraduate Advisor for further details.