BIOL 1213
Principles of Biology II

3.0 Credits


This course is designed for biology or science majors. It is a survey course of the kingdoms of life emphasizing their ecology and evolutionary relationships.

BIOL 1215, the laboratory component of BIOL 1213, 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.


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

  • Discuss the properties that define life.
  • Discuss the mechanisms of evolution by natural selection.
  • Explain our changing view of the evolutionary history of biological diversity.
  • Discuss important processes and interactions leading to the structure of natural communities, especially natural selection, population growth, competition, nutrient cycling, and behavioural ecology.
  • Be familiar with the major ecosystems on land and in water.
  • Critically discuss the role of humans as a force of change in the biosphere.
  • Classify living organisms.
  • Understand and articulate the principles and processes of scientific inquiry.
  • Think critically about the principles of biology studied and communicate your thinking clearly and concisely in speaking and in writing.

Course Outline

  • Module 1: Evolution
  • Module 2: Systematics and the Diversity of Life
  • Module 3: Early Life and First Transitions to Land
  • Module 4: Diversification of Life on Land and Sea
  • Module 5: Ecology
  • Module 6: Global Diversity and Climate

Maximum Completion

30 weeks.

Required Text and Materials

This is a companion course to BIOL 1113, therefore, the textbooks listed below would have been provided to students in BIOL1113.

  1. Freeman, Harrington & Sharp. Biological Science with MasteringBiology 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

If students have not already purchased these textbooks for BIOL 1113, students will need to buy these textbooks or contact Enrolment Services at or 1.800.663.9711 (toll-free in Canada), 250.852.7000 (Kamloops, BC), and 1.250.852.7000 (International).

Additional Requirements

Students require a computer with Internet access.

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 examination.

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

* Mandatory