BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

FNSC-106 - Exploring the Natural Sciences - 3.00 Credits

FNSC-106 - Exploring the Natural Sciences - 3.00 Credits

Course Details
This course reviews concepts used in the study of the natural sciences with an emphasis on biology. Students will explore astronomy, cell biology, genetics, evolution, biological diversity, geology and ecology. Indigenous and contemporary scientific ways of knowing about the natural world will be compared and contrasted. Students will be given an opportunity to explore a specific example of traditional indigenous knowledge about nature through a final project. The course includes a laboratory component that provides theoretical knowledge and practical experiences in gathering, organizing and analyzing different aspects of natural science.
Part of the:
  • Course offered:
  • Spring 2021 (January - April)
  • Fall 2021 (September - December)
  • Spring 2022 (January - April)
  • Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Relevant Master's Degree.
    Office Hours: 1.5 per week
    Contact Hours: 45
    Student Evaluation
    Assignments 50 - 70%, Final 30 - 50%, Total 100 %. Grading procedures follow NVIT policy.
    Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  • Have an understanding of Indigenous views regarding the natural world;

  • Have an understanding of the basic structure of matter, life forms, and the human body;

  • Have an understanding of the role played by genetics in the physiology of animals and other living species, especially in relation to hereditary and evolution;

  • Be knowledgeable about the ecology and natural history of the Lower Fraser Valley and adjacent areas.
  • Text and Materials:
  • Textbook: Campbell, Reece and Simon. 2004. Essential Biology with Physiology. Pearson ed.

  • Additional Readings: Individual readings will be handed out as the course progresses.
  • Other Resources:
    Transfer Credits: For more information visit: www.bctransferguide.ca
    Other Information:
    Current Course Offerings:
    DaysTimeStart DateEnd Date
    T5:30PM - 8:30PM04 Jan 202123 Apr 2021
    DaysTimeStart DateEnd Date
    TH1:30PM - 4:30PM08 Sep 202121 Dec 2021
    DaysTimeStart DateEnd Date
    T5:30PM - 8:30PM10 Jan 202229 Apr 2022