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Overview

Learning Methods
Instructors incorporate a variety of activities that engage students in the learning experience, including case studies, student-led projects, and hands-on laboratory experiments.

Major Focus
Biology courses focus on understanding and appreciation of life through studying structure, function, growth, origin, evolution, distribution, and sustainability of living organisms.

The AC Difference
With the unique needs of international students in mind, courses are structured to be learner-centered, encourage independent learning, and advance critical thinking skills.

Career Outlook
The Associate of Science degree serves as the foundation to transfer to a degree granting institution, and further pursue a career in environmental science, medicine, or research.


Course Descriptions

Select a course below to see full descriptions. (#) Indicates amount of credits per course.

BIOL 100 Introductory Biology (4)

This survey course is designed for non-science students with an interest in the place of humans in nature. The course deals with evolution, genetics, cellular and molecular perspectives on biology, and examines the place of humans in the biosphere (ecology). The course consists of lectures and integrated laboratory exercises.

Prerequisite(s):
ENGL 099

Transfers to:
BC BIOL 1st (3). Exemption from UBC BIOL 111
SFU BISC 100 (3) - B-Sci.
UVic BIOL 186 (1.5)
UNBC BIOL 1XX (3)
TRU BIOL 1050 (3) - Not for credit in Science

BIOL 101 Introduction to Biology I (4)

This course is designed as one of a pair of introductory courses in biology. It deals with biological structure and function at cellular and organismal levels. The course consists of lectures, tutorials and integrated laboratory exercises.

Prerequisite(s):
Biology 11 or 12 & Chemistry 11 or 12; OR BIOL 100 (B or better) AND ENGL 099 or equivalent.

Transfers to:
UBC BIOL 1ST (4) - ALEX BIOL 101 & ALEX BIOL 102 = UBC BIOL 1st (8) and exempt from UBC BIOL 111, 121, 140
SFU BISC 101 (4) - B-Sci.
UVic BIOL 184 (1.5)
UNBC BIOL 103 (3) and BIOL 123 (1)
TRU BIOL 1XX0 (3) - ALEX BIOL 101 & ALEX BIOL 102 = TRU BIOL 1110 (3) & TRU BIOL 1210 (3)

BIOL 102 Introduction to Biology II (4)

This course is designed as one of a pair of introductory courses in biology. It includes the study of evolution and the diversity of life on the planet, genetics, and a study of the interaction of organisms with one another and their physical environment. The course consists of lectures, tutorials and integrated laboratory exercises.

Prerequisite(s):
Biology 11 or 12 & Chemistry 11 or 12; OR BIOL 100 (B or better) AND ENGL 099 or equivalent.

Transfers to:
UBC BIOL 1ST (4) - ALEX BIOL 101 & ALEX BIOL 102 = UBC BIOL 1st (8) and exempt from UBC BIOL 111, 121, 140
SFU BISC 102 (4) - B-Sci.
UVic BIOL 1908 (1.5)
UNBC BIOL 102 (4)
TRU BIOL 1XX0 (3) - ALEX BIOL 101 & ALEX BIOL 102 = TRU BIOL 1110 (3) & TRU BIOL 1210 (3)

BIOL 105 Biological Concepts in Sustainability (4)

This course uses a biological perspective to analyze environmental problems and uses the framework of sustainability to address possible remedies and solutions for environmental issues.

Students will analyse the dimensions and ramifications of sustainable strategies to overcome current global issues through the study of relevant biological science topics. This course provides students with a foundation for future study by exploring both quantitative and qualitative methods used to investigate biological sustainability as well as theoretical perspectives.

By focusing on current issues and case studies from around the world this course will help prepare global citizens to engage in policy debates on environmental issues.

Prerequisite(s):
ENGL 098

Transfers to:
UBC GEOG 1st (3)
SFU EVSC 100 (3)
UNBC NREM 101 (3)

BIOL 110 Anatomy and Physiology I (4)

Human anatomy is the science of the structure of the human body and its parts; human physiology the science of the functions of the living human body. This course concentrates on the structure and function of the muscular, skeletal, and neural systems of the human body.

Prerequisite(s):
ENGL 098

Transfers to:
UBC ELEV 1st (3), precludes UBC KIN 190 & UBC KIN 191; ALEX BIOL 110 & ALEX BIOL 120 = UBC BIOL 153 (7), or UBC KIN 191 (3) & UBC KIN 191 (3)
SFU BPK 105 (3)
UVIC BIOL 100 (1.5)
NBC ALEX BIOL 110 (4) & ALEX BIOL 120 (4) = UNBC HHSC 111 (4) & HHSC 112 (4) *both courses must be taken to receive credit
TRU BIOL 1590 (3)

BIOL 120 Anatomy and Physiology II (4)

Gross human anatomy is the science of the structure of the human body and its parts that can be observed with the unaided eye. Human physiology is the science of the functions of the living human body. This course, which is the second half of a comprehensive study of human anatomy and physiology, will concentrate on the structure and function of the endocrine, digestive, urinary, integumentary, reproductive, and developmental systems of the body.

Prerequisite(s):
ENGL 098

Transfers to:
UBC ELEV 1st (3), precludes KIN 190, precludes KIN 191; ALEX BIOL 110 & BIOL 120 = UBC KIN 190 (3) & KIN 191 (3)
SFU – ALEX BIOL 110 (4) & ALEX BIOL 120 (4) = SFU BPK 105 (3) & SFU BPK 325 (3)
UVIC EPHE 141 (1.5)
UNBC ALEX BIOL 110 (4) & ALEX BIOL 120 (4) = UNBC HHSC 111 (4) & HSSC 112 (4) *both courses must be taken to receive credit

BIOL 201 Cell Biology (4)

This course investigates the structure and function of plant and animal cells; membrane models, cytoplasmic organelles, biological information from gene to protein, the endomembrane system, secretion, intracellular digestion, endocytosis, transport processes, cytoskeleton and cell motility. Modern techniques used in the analysis of organelle and cell function are integral parts of the course.

Prerequisite(s):
ENGL 099, BIOL 101 & BIOL 102 or BIOL 101 (B or higher), CHEM 102

Transfers to:
UBC BIOL 200 (3)
SFU MBB 201 (3)
UNBC BIOL 2XX (3)
TRU BIOL 2130 (3)

BIOL 203 Genetics (3)

This course is an introduction to genetics as it is practiced in today's research labs. Emphasis will be on how discoveries are made in genetics, generally through the use of mutational analysis to dissect biological functions. Hence there is an emphasis on experimental approaches involving the analysis of crosses, and manipulating DNA, RNA and protein at the single gene and genomic levels. Principles applying to single genes will be extended to multiple gene systems and to populations. Applications of genetics to human society will be an additional focus, as well as the ethical issues arising.

Prerequisite(s):
ENGL 098, BIOL 102

Transfers to:
UBC BIOL 234 (3)
SFU BISC 202 (3)
UVic BIOL 230 (1.5)
UNBC BIOL 210 (3)
TRU BIOL 2XX0 (3) - Exempt for BIOL 2340

BIOL 204 Introductory Ecology (4)

This course introduces the basic principles of ecological theory relating to the structure and function of ecosystems. An overnight field trip is a required component of this course.

Prerequisite(s):
ENGL 099, BIOL 102

Transfers to:
UBC BIOL 203 (3)
SFU BISC 204 (3)
UVic BIOL 215 (1.5)
UNBC NO CREDIT
TRU BIOL 2170 (3)

BIOL 205 Human Physiology (3)

This course provides a foundation for understanding human physiology focusing on the main systems of the body including the nervous, endocrine, respiratory, excretory and digestive systems. Emphasis is placed on the roles of the major cells and tissues in the physiology of each organ system. A key goal of this course is to foster an understanding of the integrative nature of these organ systems. The role of organ systems in normal physiology and in disease will be explored as well as the role of medicine to treat abnormal physiological states.

Prerequisite(s):
ENGL 099, BIOL 101 and BIOL 102

Transfers to:
UBC BIOL 1ST (3)
SFU BPK 205 (3)
UVic BIOL 365 (1.5)
UNBC HHSC 1XX (3)
TRU BIOL 2XX0 (3)

Lindsay Spielman

Instructor

Lindsay Spielman

Instructor

Dr. Spielman obtained a Bachelor of Science with distinction in Biochemistry from Vancouver Island University in 2010, and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Biology from the University of British Columbia in 2017.

Dr. Spielman’s PhD thesis focused on the role of metabolic hormones and physical activity in regulating the functions of the immune cells in the brain, in aims of better understanding the underlying causes of Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Spielman has also conducted research on genomic evolution of plants, and has worked in the field of analytical chemistry for the oil and gas industry in northern British Columbia.

During her PhD, Dr. Spielman also conducted research focused on understanding the development of undergraduate student problem-solving skills, in order to improve teaching practices and to better prepare students for the post-university work force.

Dr. Spielman began instructing lectures and laboratory classes in 2013, and has gained extensive experience teaching various biology courses including Introductory Biology, Biology for Science Majors, Anatomy and Physiology, Cell Physiology, and Pharmacology.

Anna Hippmann

Instructor

Anna Hippmann

Instructor

Dr. Hippmann obtained her PhD degree in Biological Oceanography from the University of British Columbia where she studied the physiological, proteomic, and genomic adaptations of phytoplankton to metal limitation.

Prior to her PhD, she studied at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Germany. Her thesis there involved genomic transformation techniques to overexpress phytoplankton proteins in bacteria.

The group of phytoplankton that she studied are diatoms. She says “Diatoms are such amazing organisms! They are single cells, live in the upper photic zone in the ocean and do photosynthesis (just like plants on land). What not many people know: in every 4th breath that you take, the oxygen has been produced by a diatom! They are incredibly important in regards to global fisheries, global nutrient cycles and even global climate!!!”

Mitra Panahi, Ph.D.

Instructor

Mitra Panahi, Ph.D.

Instructor

Dr. Panahi obtained her Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry from the University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. She was a recipient of Ph.D. award from the Genentech Pharmaceutical Company, California, USA. She was also awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Canadian Blood Services to perform research on blood coagulation proteins at the Centre for Blood Research of the University of British Columbia.

She has worked as a research associate at the University of Ottawa, University of British Columbia and Health Canada. She has many years of teaching experience teaching many biology courses in various colleges and universities in Ottawa and in Vancouver.

Dr. Panahi believes in involving students in “active learning”. That means that students will learn best if they are given the opportunity to express the concepts and ideas through discussion and experimentation.

To accomplish this goal, Dr. Panahi actively engages them in class participation and discussion in order for them to express their ideas to their peers in a professional and respectful way.

General Biology


Biodiversity Species App

Have you ever gone on an exploratory walk around the picturesque Greater Vancouver area, and discovered a distinctive flower or an exquisite insect, and wondered ‘what exactly is this specimen’? Brian Starzomski, of SFU, has created a free Biodiversity Species App and Website that could help you answer such curiosity-driven questions:

www.greatbearrainforest.gov.bc.ca


Khan Academy

A valuabe resource for helping student further their understanding of the principles of general biology:

www.khanacademy.org

iBiology

A fascinating source for biology videos from the world's leading scientists. Talks include a variety of research and educational materials:

www.ibiology.org


OTF Resources

A resource for studying environmental and sustainability sciences:

www.otffeo.on.ca


Human Anatomy and Physiology


Armando Hasudungan

An outstanding resource for studying the fascinating and intricate world of human anatomy and physiology: Armando Hasudungan’s Biology and Medicine YouTube site:

Armando Hasudungan Youtube Channel


10 Terrific Online Resources For Studying Anatomy And Physiology

An excellent source website with several additional anatomy and physiology sites embedded:

www.dummies.com


Genes to Cognition (G2C) Online

This interactive website resource focuses on the functional anatomy and physiology of the human, while highlighting the genetic control of human cognitive function:

www.g2conline.org

Get Body Smart

An exceptional interactive website that showcases the tissue structure and function of the human body:

www.msjensen.cbs.umn.edu


University of Minnesota - Web Anatomy

The University of Minnesota hosts a series of human anatomy and physiology review questions on this site:

www.otffeo.on.ca


SUNY Downstate Medical Center

An outstanding interactive website that features dissections of human tissues and organs:

www.act.downstate.edu


Additional Aspects Of Biology


UBC First Year Biology

A source for gaining exposure to different styles of questions in biology and guide for best practices on how to answer these questions from UBC Biology:

blogs.ubc.ca

Writing and Presentation Tips

Two very helpful resources for improving writing skills and mastering oral presentations

www.ljlseminars.com

Academic Writing “How-to’s”

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