BIOL 1113
Principles of Biology

3.0 Credits


This course is designed for biology or science majors. It is a study of the molecular basis of cellu-lar processes including energy transfer and the storage and use of genetic information.

BIOL 1115, the optional laboratory component of BIOL 1113, is usually offered once per year in the summertime in Kamloops BC.

Delivery Method

Online, self-paced.

Recommended Requisites

Biology 11 or 12 (C+ or better) and Chemistry 11. Students majoring in science or intending to take 2nd year biology courses should take BIOL 1113, its companion course BIOL 1213 and the two laboratory courses BIOL 1115 and BIOL 1215.


After successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Discuss the properties that define life
  • Trace the history of biological study
  • Describe the relationship between the structure and function of macromolecules
  • Discuss the major features of cell structure and function
  • Explain processes that keep cells alive and discuss the cell cycle
  • Discuss how cells make and use energy and the methods by which cellular activities are coordinated
  • Describe basic structure of genes and proteins
  • Explain how genetic material is transmitted in living organisms from one generation to the next.
  • Describe how DNA replicates and repairs itself, encodes for proteins, and contributes to the organization and control of eukaryotic genomes
  • Describe how basic genetic and cellular mechanisms control the development of multicellular organs from single cells
  • Articulate the principles and processes of scientific inquiry
  • Think critically about the principles of biology studied and communicate your thinking clearly and concisely in writing
  • Appreciate the contributions of Canadian research to international scientific advancement

Course Outline

  • Module 1: Introduction
  • Module 2: The Macromolecules of Life
  • Module 3: In and Around Cells
  • Module 4: The Life of Cells
  • Module 5: From Genes to Proteins
  • Module 6: From Genes to Whole Organisms

Maximum Completion

30 weeks.

Required Text and Materials

  1. Freeman, Harrington & Sharp. Biological Science with Mastering Biology Access Code. 2nd Edition. Pearson Canada, (2014).
    Type: Textbook, ISBN: 9780321834843
  1. Pechenik, J A. A Short Guide to Writing about Biology. 9th Edition. Pearson Canada , (2016).
    Type: Textbook, ISBN: 9780321984258

Additional Requirements

Students require a computer with Internet access and headphones or computer speakers

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is through the Learning Environment's "Mail" tool or by phone. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.


To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on the overall course and 50% or higher on the mandatory final exam.

Assignment 1 12.5%
Assignment 2 12.5%
Assignment 3 12.5%
Assignment 4 12.5%
Final Examination * 50%
Total 100%

* Mandatory