BIOL 040 - Advanced Biology

Biology is the study of living organisms and life processes. This course focuses on the cell, evolution, the diversity of life, and ecology. Students gain the knowledge and skills to build an appreciation and understanding of the natural world and their role in it. This course is equivalent to Life Sciences 11.


Hours: 120 (Lecture Hours: 90; Laboratory Hours: 30)


i. “C” or higher in SCIE 030 or Science 10 or equivalent
ii. And one of
- “C” or higher in ENGL 030 or higher
- “C” or higher in English 10 or higher or equivalent
- Advanced Level or higher placement on CCP Assessment of English Skills
iii. And one of
- “C” or higher in MATH 030 or higher
- “C” or higher in Math 10 or higher or equivalent
- Advanced Level or higher placement on CCP Assessment of Math Skills


Non-Course Prerequisites:


Co-requisite Statement:


Course Content:
Cell Biology
Diversity of Life


Learning Outcomes:
Core Topics 
A. Cell Biology 
- Identify the levels of biological organization 
- Describe organic macromolecules and their monomers: Proteins, Carbohydrates, Lipids, Nucleic Acids 
- Describe the cell theory 
- Describe and compare major structures and their functions in prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells 
- Outline the processes of photosynthesis and cellular respiration and explain their roles in living systems 
- Explain cell division in terms of sexual and asexual reproduction 
B. Evolution 
- Cite evidence for evolutionary theory 
- Explain the mechanisms of evolution 
- Discuss the origin of life 
C. Diversity of Life 
- Demonstrate an understanding of classification 
- Identify major taxonomic groups 
- Identify structures and distinguishing characteristics and describe life processes for the following groups:  Viruses,  Bacteria, Protists, Fungi, Plants – nonvascular and vascular, Animals – invertebrates and vertebrates 
D. Ecology 
- Describe energy flow and nutrient cycles within ecosystems 
- Characterize ecosystems and the interactions therein 
- Describe ecological changes over time 
- Define biosphere and characterize biomes 
- Explore and analyze ecological issues, such as: Climate change, Habitat destruction and/or restoration, Biodiversity, Species extinctions, Environmental stewardship 
The following topics may be included: 
- Bioethics 
- Ethnobotany 
- Resource management 
- Applied ecology 
- Methods in ecology 
- Behavioural ecology 
- Genetics 
- Parasitology 
- Local topics 
Laboratory Skills 
All biology courses must include a minimum of seven dedicated laboratory and/or fieldwork activities, wherein biology learners will: 
- Conduct lab and field procedures safely and ethically 
- Demonstrate familiarity with common lab and field equipment and its use 
- Demonstrate microscope skills 
- Collect and record data effectively 
- Analyze and interpret data collected 
- Communicate results and conclusions 
For a detailed learning outcomes: (2022-2023)


Grading System: Letters


Passing Grade: D (50%)


Textbooks are subject to change. Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.