Simon Fraser University offers a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree with a Major in Biological Sciences.

  • Students can also complete an Honors or a Minor in Biological Sciences.
  • Students meeting the admission requirements to the Faculty of Science may receive direct entry to the BISC Major upon acceptance to SFU as a transfer student.
  • Students must have a GPA of 2.0 or higher on the Lower Division Requirements to be accepted into the program. Students are normally required to obtain at least a C- on all course prerequisites, but in some cases the minimum grade requirements may be higher.
  • There are currently three streams in Biological Sciences which allow specialization at the upper division: Cells, Molecules, Physiology (CMP); Ecology, Evolution, Conservation (EEC); or Open concentration.
  • All students complete the same courses (listed below) for the lower division requirements. Stream requirements begin in third year once at SFU.
  • Biological Science Majors should contact an SFU advisor prior to transferring to SFU. Students who intend to apply for medical, dental, veterinary, or other professional program may need additional courses and are encouraged to consult with the Biological Sciences Undergraduate Advisor.

Useful links when using this course planning worksheet:
SFU Calendar
SFU Department Website
BC Transfer Guide
Langara Diagnostic Tests

Lower division requirements:

SFU Courses

Credits

Langara Equivalents

Credits

All of:

BISC 101 & 1021

BISC 202

BISC 204

BISC 205

CHEM 121

CHEM 1222

CHEM 281

MBB 222

MBB 231

STAT 201

 

6

3

3

3

4

2

4

3

3

3

All of:

BIOL 1115 & 12151

BIOL 2330

BIOL 2380

Unavailable

CHEM 1120 or 1121

CHEM 1220 or 11542

CHEM 2216 or 2316

BIOL 2315

BIOL 2415

STAT 1123 or 1181

 

8

3

3

0

4

4

4

3

3

3

One of:

CHEM 282

CHEM 2833

 

2

3

One of:

Unavailable

CHEM 24163

 

0

4

One of:

MATH 150

MATH 151

MATH 154

 

3

3

3

One of:

Unavailable

MATH 1171 or 1173 or 1253

MATH 1175

 

0

3

3

One of:

MATH 152

MATH 155

 

3

3

One of:

MATH 1271 or 1273

MATH 1275

 

3

3

One of:

PHYS 1014

PHYS 1205

PHYS 125

PHYS 140

 

3

3

3

4

One of:

PHYS 11014

PHYS 11255

Unavailable

PHYS 1125

 

4

4

0

4

One of:

PHYS 102

PHYS 1216

PHYS 126

PHYS 141

 

3

3

3

4

One of:

Unavailable

PHYS 12256

Unavailable

PHYS 1225

 

0

4

0

0

FOOTNOTES:

1LANG BIOL 1115 (4) & 1215 (4) = SFU BISC 101 (4) & 102 (4)

2LANG CHEM 1220 (4) or 1154 (4) = SFU CHEM 122 (2) & CHEM 126 (2)

3LANG CHEM 2416 (4) = SFU CHEM 283 (3) & SFU CHEM 286 (1)

4LANG PHYS 1101 (4) = SFU PHYS 101 (3) & 132 (1)

5LANG PHYS 1125 (4) = SFU PHYS 120 (3) & 132 (1)

6LANG PHYS 1225 (4) = SFU PHYS 121 (3) & 133 (1)

This course planning outline is created by the Langara College Counselling Department and is intended for use only as a guide. It is the students' responsibility to consult original sources to ensure accuracy.

Updated July 2021