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Health Sciences | Faculty of Health Sciences Simon Fraser University Calendar | Spring 2021

Health Sciences Minor

Admission Requirements

Students can apply for admission into the Health Sciences minor with a minimum CGPA of 2.5 and the following with a minimum grade of C:

  • HSCI 130
  • BISC 101 or HSCI 100
  • one of HSCI 204, HSCI 210, HSCI 211, HSCI 212, HSCI 214, HSCI 216

Minimum Grades

Students enrolling in HSCI courses must have a grade of C- or better in prerequisite courses and in the program's required courses.

Program Requirements

Students complete a minimum total of 31 units, including

HSCI 130 - Foundations of Health Science (4)

How health, illness and disease are defined and measured for individuals and populations. Research strategies used to identify how health, illness and disease are distributed across human populations and how environmental, socio-economic, demographic, biological, behavioural and political factors influence individual and population health. Breadth-Social Sci/Science.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Kate Tairyan
We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D101 Tu 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D102 Tu 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D107 Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D108 Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D109 Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D110 Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D111 Fr 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
P100 Mo 1:30 PM – 3:20 PM
We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

and one 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
HSCI 100 - Human Biology (3)

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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Timothy Beischlag
Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
Th 9:30 AM – 11:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D101 Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D102 Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D103 Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D107 Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

and three of

HSCI 204 - Perspectives on Human Health and the Environment (3)

An overview of environmental hazards and their impacts on human health. Methodological approaches to their detection, assessment, management, and mitigation. Prerequisite: HSCI 100 or BISC 101, HSCI 130. Students with credit for HSCI 304 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Ryan Allen
Th 8:30 AM – 11:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
HSCI 210 - Special Topics in Health Sciences (3)

Selected topics in areas not currently offered within the undergraduate course offerings. Prerequisite: Will vary according to topic.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Kelley Lee
Nicole Berry
Scott Venners
Mo 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
HSCI 211 - Perspectives on Cancer, Cardiovascular, and Metabolic Diseases (3)

An interdisciplinary overview of the major non-communicable diseases - cancers, cardiovascular and metabolic diseases - from a public health perspective. Review of biological mechanisms, risk factors, historical and cultural contexts, and global distribution. Prerequisite: HSCI 100 or BISC 101, HSCI 130.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
E100 Scott Lear
Tu 4:30 PM – 7:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
E101 We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
E102 We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
E103 We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
E104 We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
E105 We 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
E106 We 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
E107 We 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
E108 We 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
E109 We 6:30 PM – 7:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
E110 Mo 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
E111 Mo 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
HSCI 212 - Perspectives on Infectious and Immunological Diseases (3)

An integrated survey of infectious diseases and their social and economic causes and consequences. Infectious agents, including bacteria, protozoa, fungi and viruses -- how they spread, how they work, and how they can be stopped. Surveillance, prevention, and management of infectious diseases and epidemics. Prerequisite: HSCI 100 or BISC 101, HSCI 130.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Nienke Van Houten
Mo 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D101 Tu 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D102 Tu 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D103 Tu 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D105 Th 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D106 Th 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D107 Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D108 Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
HSCI 214 - Perspectives on Mental Health and Illness (3)

An interdisciplinary overview of mental health and mental illness among populations. A review of the distribution and risk factors of mental illnesses as well as the historical and cultural context of their development. Prerequisite: HSCI 100 or BISC 101, HSCI 130.

HSCI 216 - Ecological Determinants of Human Growth, Development and Health (3)

Effects that social and ecological factors have on human growth, development and health. Challenges such as epidemics, natural catastrophes, industrialization, globalization, migration, poverty, war, global warming, etc, leading to evolution and adaptations. Relationships between socio-ecological challenges, their health consequences and related gene-population variations and effects on growth, development, sexual maturation, reproductive investment, and senescence and health. Prerequisite: HSCI 100 or BISC 101.

and at least 15 upper division HSCI units, of which at least seven upper division units used toward the minor must have been completed in Simon Fraser University courses.