SBI4U: Biology - Grade 12

Credit Value:


Course Description: 

This course introduces students to an overview of biology covering various topics such as biochemistry, metabolic process, molecular genetics, homeostasis, and population dynamics. It provides students with scientific literacy skills necessary for success in a technologically driven society. Students will develop an understanding of biology, research, society, and technology. Throughout the course, there is an emphasis on scientific literacy, effective electronic research and communication skills, and current issues related to the impact of biology and technology and the interaction between the two.


Biology, Grade 11, University Preparation.

Ministry Policy Documents:

The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 11 and 12: Science, 2008 (revised)

Text Resources:

All resources provided and referenced within the modules are available online.

Required Software/Equipment:

Because students are completing media works that must be submitted in electronic form, they are expected to have at least minimal access to appropriate software and hardware. Because the media work assignments contain some choice of format to be submitted, a student who does not, for example, have access to a digital video camera, will still be able to use other forms of media to complete the work. If, however, they have no software or equipment, completing the assignments will become problematic.
At a minimum, students should have access to:

  • Computer
  • Internet connection (high speed is preferable since some demonstrations and activities may take a long time to download on a dial-up connection)
  • media player (to view streaming video) generally a free download, if not already included with Internet Explorer
  • word processing software
  • graphics software, where the product can be saved in a standard format like .jpg or .gif

other media hardware like a scanner, camera / digital camera, microphone, video / digital video camera (not necessary to have all, but should have some)