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BIO-060 Concepts in Biology I (Inhabiting the Human Body)

3 hours lecture and 3 hours lab, online, or distance (D) with attendance at a Campus Lab is required.


An introduction to biological science containing similar material to that of BC Biology 12. This course covers scientific methods and principles, cell biology, genetics, and human anatomy and physiology.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C+ in English 11, ENG 052. English 12 is highly recommended. It is also recommended students have CHE 051 or Chemistry 11, although this is not required.
  • Take BIO-060L

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BIO-102 Principles of Modern Biology II

3 hours lecture and 3 hours lab, 3 credits


This is one of a pair of biology courses for science majors that introduce students to the biological concepts necessary to continue into second-year biology. This course is designed to provide students with a general survey of major areas of biology. Topics include ecology, evolution, cell division, genetics, DNA and genes, classification and diversity. The course includes extensive laboratory components.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C in one of Biology 11, Biology 12, BIO 051, BIO 060 or BIO 110.
  • C in one of Chemistry 11 or CHE 051
  • Take BIO 102L

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BIO-103 Principles of Modern Biology 1

3 hours lecture + 3 hour lab, 3 credits


This is one of a pair of biology course for science majors that introduce students to the biological concepts necessary to continue into secondy-year biology. This is designed to provide students with a general survey of major areas of biology. Topics include biological chemistry, cellular organization and respiration, photosynthesis, and plant and animal structure and function. The course includes an extensive laboratory component.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C in one of Biology 11, Biology 12, BIO 060 or BIO 110.
  • C in one of Chemistry 11 or CHE 051.
  • Take BIO 103L

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BIO-110 Concepts of Biology I (Inhabiting the Human Body)

3 hours lecture + 3 hours lab, 3 credits


This course, containing similar material to that of BC Biology 12 and meeting the same requirements of BIO 060, is designed for non-science majors who require a science elective, or science students without the necessary prerequisites for BIO 102/BIO 103 and/ or BIO 160/161. Topics include an introduction to concepts in cell biology beginning with basic concepts in chemistry, cell structure, cell energetics, cell division and genetics. The last part of the course will focus on human anatomy and physiology. Throughout the course the connection between topics covered and human health will be emphasized.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C+ in English 11, ENG 052 or placement testing. English 12 highly recommended. It is also recommended students have CHE 051 or Chemistrty 11, although this is not required.
  • Take BIO 110L

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BIO-111 Concepts in Biology II (Inhabiting the Earth)

3 hours lecture + 3 hours lab, 3 credits


This course is designed for non-science students who require a science elective, or science students without the necessary prerequisites for Biology 102 and 103. Topics include a brief review of cell division and genetics to provide a grounding for the discussion of evolution. The course will also provide an introduction to the diversity of life with investigations into the evolution of plant and animal structure and function. Finally, basic concepts in ecology will be introduced to provide a grounding for the discussion of current environmental issues.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C in one of Provincial English 12, English First Peoples 12, ENG 060, ENG 096, ENG 098, or ESL 090; or placement testing.
  • Take BIO-111L

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BIO-159 Human Anatomy & Physiology fr Prac Nurs

lecture, 5 credits


This course gives an overview of the structure and function of 10 body systems. It also discusses various health promotion strategies that work toward optimal function of these systems.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C in Biology 12 or BIO 060 or equivalent completed within 10 years.

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BIO-160 Human Anatomy & Physiology I

3 hours lecture + 3 hours lab, 3 credits


This course is the first half of a comprehensive survey of human structure and functions. Topics include: biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, and the anatomy and physiology of the integumentary musculoskeletal, nervous and endocrine systems. An extensive laboratory component is included.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C+ in Biology 12, BIO 060 or BIO-110.
  • C+ in Chemistry 11 or CHE 051. Biology and Chemistry prerequisites must have been completed within the last 10 years.
  • Take BIO-160L

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BIO-161 Human Anatomy & Physiology II

3 hours lecture + 3 hours lab, 3 credits


This course is the continuation and completion of the comprehensive survey of human structures and functions started in Human Anatomy and Physiology I. It includes an extensive laboratory component.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C in BIO 160
  • Take BIO-161L

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BIO-170 Foundations of Ethnobotany

3 hours lecture + 3 hours lab, 3 credits


Foundations of Ethnobotany provides students with a broad survey of the major areas of study within the discipline of ethnobotany. Topics include: folk taxonomy, plant identification and ecology, origins of agriculture, traditional foodways, phytomedicinals, fibre technologies, and plants and community. Global indigenous experiences will be used to illustrate course material and when possible, examples from Pacific Northwest cultures will be included. The laboratory component of this course illustrates and further explores lecture topics.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C in one of Provincial English 12, NIC ENG 060, ENG 096, ENG 098, ESL-090, or placement testing.
  • Take BIO-170L

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BIO-200 Cell Biology

3 hours lecture + 3 hours lab, 3 credits


A study of the ultrastructure and function of cell organelles and membranes, DNA and chromosomes, cellular movements and cellular reproduction.


Prerequisite(s):

  • BIO 102, BIO 103, CHE 110 and CHE 111 Minimum Grade C
  • Take BIO-200L

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BIO-201 Introduction to Biochemistry

3 hours lecture + 1.5 hours tutorial, 3 credits (may be offered in alternate years)


This course provides an introduction to structural and functional aspects of cell chemistry. Topics include biological molecules and their relationships, protein structure, enzyme action, energy transfer, metabolic processes and control mechanisms.


Prerequisite(s):

  • BIO 102/BIO 103 and CHE 200/201 (which may be taken concurrently) Minimum Grade C
  • Take CHE-201

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BIO-202 Principles of Genetics

3 hours lecture + 1.5 hours tutorial, 3 credits(may be offered in alternate years)


A study of the principles and mechanisms of inheritance, including an analysis of transmission genetics, the nature and function of the genetic material, molecular genetics and population genetics.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C in BIO 102 and BIO 103.
  • C in CHE 110 and CHE 111.

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BIO-211 Invertebrate Biology

Scheduled lecture and Lab (3 hours/week) or distance (1.5 hours tutorial via MITV) with lab sessions arranged with instructor, 3 credits(may be offered in alternate years)


An introduction to the major invertebrate taxa from sponges to chordates with emphasis on functional anatomy, life-cycles, evolution, diversity and ecology. A compulsory 3-day field trip to the West Coast of Vancouver Island is an integral part of this course. Lab work involves first hand and microscopic observations of living animals with some dissections. Field work involves observations of intertidal and subtidal invertebrate individuals and their community ecology.


Prerequisite(s):

  • BIO 102 and 103 or BIO 110 and 111 Minimum Grade C
  • Take BIO-211L

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BIO-215 Introductory Microbiology

3 hours lecture,3 hours lab, 3 credits


This is an introduction to the field of microbiology. Topics covered include: prokaryotic cell structure and function; microbial growth, factors affecting growth, and control of growth; microbial metabolism; prokaryotic genetics and gene regulation; microbial classification and diversity; and, viruses. Specific skills learned in the laboratory include: sterile technique, bacterial culture, microscopy and staining, serial dilution, bacterial metabolism, fecal coliform testing, and antimicrobial agents in the control of microbial growth.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Bio 102/103 or Bio 160/161 or Bio 110/111 Minimum Grade C
  • Take BIO-215L

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BIO-230 Principles of Ecology

3 hours lecture , 3 hours lab, 3 credits


An introduction to the basic principles of ecology. BIO 230 explores the physical components of the environment, adaptations of organisms to the physical environment and how elements of the environment influence the distribution and abundance of organisms. Community structure and dynamics, ecosystem energetics, nutrient cycles, and biological interactions at the population, community, and ecosystem levels are examines. The lab series offers students hands-on opportunities to study natural systems and practice several sampling techniques. The majority of the labs take place in an outdoor setting and may include a 2-day field trip during a weekend.


Prerequisite(s):

  • BIO 102 & BIO 103 or BIO 110 & BIO 111. Minimum Grade C STA 115 or MAT 115 is strongly recommended
  • Take BIO-230L

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BIO-241 Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK)

3 hours lecture, 3 credits


This course will explore Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) as it relates to contemporary health and environmental issues with particular emphasis on topics relevant to First Nations people of Vancouver Island and the adjacent mainland. Students who do not meet course prerequisites but have life or work experience that would qualify them to enrol in this course are encouraged to contact the instructor.


Prerequisite(s):

  • BIO 102 and BIO 103 or BIO 110 and BIO 111 or BIO 170 and BIO 171 Minimum Grade C

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BIO-250 Directed Independent Studies in BiologyPLA

3 credits


This course provides the student with an opportunity to carry out independent research under supervision of a Departmental faculty member. The course is designed for students who have completed 1st year Biology. The main content of the study will be the practical aspects of carrying our independent research and may include three or more of the following activities, mutually agreed upon by both student and faculty supervisor: formulate a research question; collect relevant background literature; write a literature review; prepare a grant question; carry out research independently; collate and interpret results; formulate logical and reasonable conclusions regarding the experiment. The student may choose to work on a project or research topic that relates to research currently ongoing at the College.


Prerequisite(s):

  • BIO 102 and BIO 103 or BIO 110 and 111; CHE 110 and 111; STA 115 or MAT 115 Minimum Grade C

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BIO-260 Pathobiology I

3 hours lecture, 3 credits


This course is the first half of an overview of basic health science. It provides an introduction to the principles of pathophysiology, microbiology, immunology, pharmacology, and nutrition relevant to nursing. The focus is on concepts and mechanisms, with prototype diseases and prototype drugs given as examples. A series of assignments provides opportunities to investigate other diseases that may be encountered in the clinical area.


Prerequisite(s):

  • BIO 161 and enrolment in the 2nd year Nursing Program Minimum Grade C

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BIO-261 Pathobiology II

3 hours lecture, 3 credits


This course is the continuation and completion of the introduction to the principles of pathophysiology, microbiology, immunology, pharmacology, and nutrition started in Pathobiology I. Again, the focus is on concepts and mechanisms, with prototype diseases and prototype drugs given as examples.


Prerequisite(s):

  • BIO 260 and enrolment in the 2nd year Nursing Program Minimum Grade C

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