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Department of Biological Sciences | Faculty of Science Simon Fraser University Calendar | Spring 2021

Biological Sciences Minor

Program 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
Zamir Punja
Peter Hollmann
Agata Becalska
Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
Th 9:30 AM – 11:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D101 Tu 11:30 AM – 1:20 PM
Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D102 Tu 11:30 AM – 1:20 PM
Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D103 Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D104 Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D105 We 11:30 AM – 1:20 PM
Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D106 We 11:30 AM – 1:20 PM
Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D107 We 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
Fr 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D108 We 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
Fr 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D109 Tu 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
Th 11:30 AM – 1:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D110 Tu, Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
Th 11:30 AM – 1:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D111 Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D112 Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
REMOTE LEARNING, 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 Ivona Mladenovic
Erin Barley
Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D101 Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D102 Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D103 Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D104 Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D105 Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D106 Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D107 Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D108 Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D109 Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D110 Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D111 Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D112 Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D113 Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D114 Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D115 Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D116 Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D117 Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D118 Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D119 Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D120 Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D121 Th 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D122 Th 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D123 Th 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D124 Th 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

and at least two of

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
Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D101 Mo 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D102 Mo 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D103 Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D104 Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D105 Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D106 Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D108 Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D109 Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D110 TBD
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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 David Green
Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D101 Th 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D102 Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D103 Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D104 Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
BISC 205 - Principles of Physiology (3)

An integrated exploration of animal and plant physiology, using principles from biology, physics, and chemistry to describe the underlying mechanisms and adaptations that support life. Systems include transport, metabolism, electrical & chemical signalling, sensing and responding. Students will build independent and collaborative skills in data analysis, scientific reasoning, and communication. Prerequisite: BISC 101, BISC 102 and PHYS 102 all with a grade of C- or better. Students who have taken BISC 305 or BISC 366 first may not then take this course for further credit.

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 Michel Leroux
Mo, We, Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D101 Mo 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D102 Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D103 Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D105 We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D109 We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D110 Mo 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, 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 Ingrid Northwood
Mo, We, Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D101 Mo 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D102 Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D103 Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D104 Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D105 Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D107 We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D108 We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

and a minimum of 15 units, consisting of five upper division BISC courses (including MASC courses), as approved by the department

Residency Requirements and Transfer Credits

Students who transfer into the Biological Sciences Program from other institutions may count a maximum of 1 transfer course toward their upper division program requirements. Transfer students are encouraged to meet with the Undergraduate Advisor for further details.