Welcome to SBI 3CI


  • This course focuses on the processes that occur in biological systems. Students will learn concepts and theories as they conduct investigations in the areas of cellular biology, microbiology, genetics, the anatomy of mammals, and the structure of plants and their role in the natural environment.
  • Emphasis will be placed on the practical application of concepts, and on the skills needed for further study in various branches of the life sciences and related fields.
  • Prerequisite: Science, Grade 10, Academic or Applied.
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Course Outline

Test Review Sheets

Biology Notes Online

A valuable resource

One more good resource

Textbook Relevent Links

Electronic Textbook from Wikibooks

Biology Online: Ultimate reference for biology

Online biology book


  Units and Major Topics Links

    Cellular Biology [Unit outline]

  • Life processes are determined by the structures and functions of biochemical compounds, cell organelles, and body systems.
  • Technological devices that support cellular functions and processes can be used to improve human health.
  • Substances that are present in our everyday lives can affect cellular functions and processes in positive and negative ways.
  • POWERPOINT Presentations

Unit Review Activity

Cell structure and motion

Onion Skin Specimens


    Microbiology [Unit outline]

  • Groups of microorganisms have common characteristics, and these characteristics enable them to interact with other organisms in the environment
  • Microorganisms can have both positive and negative effects on the environment.
  • The technological use of microorganisms raises many ethical issues.

The Tree of Life (Taxonomy)



Immune System

Protists and protists


    Anatomy of Mammals [Unit outline]

  • Groups of organs with specific structures and functions work together as systems, which interact with other systems in the body.
  • Technologies that are used to maintain human health have social and economic benefits and costs.
  • Environmental factors, including natural factors and those resulting from human activity, can have a wide range of effects on human health.

Get Body Smart - Anatomy

Introduction to human anatomy

Merck Medical Manual Online

    Plants In the Natural Environment [Unit outline]

  • Plants have specialized structures with distinct functions that enable them to respond and adapt to their environment.
  • Plants are critical to the survival of ecosystems.
  • Humans affect the sustainability of ecosystems when they alter the balance of plants within those ecosystems.

Review of basic structure and function

Flashcards covering plant biology

Plant Biology for Kids

Starting point for lots of plant topics

    Genetics [Unit outline]

  • Genetic research and biotechnology have social, environmental, and ethical implications.
  • Variability and diversity of living organisms result from the distribution of genetic materials during the process of meiosis.

DNA from the beginning a website that is very interactive and discusses original experiments and how ethics are playing a major role in the development of genetic engineering.  Go to section 7 and 8 to explore Mitosis and Meiosis.

The Biology Project provides animation, notes and a quiz to check if you can understand Mitosis and Meiosis.  This is a higher level website that covers additional information.

Mitosis versus Meiosis a slide show about the different phases of mitosis and meiosis
Genetic Science Learning Center Helping people understand how genetics affects their lives and society
Dr Chromo's school: DNA structure a higher level of information dealing with topic ranging from cell components, mitosis and meiosis, DNA and RNA roles in the cell
The Structure of the DNA Molecule and a summary of the classic research that lead to the discovery of the DNA molecule.