Biology: SBI3C (Grade 11, College Preparation)

Semester 2
Science, Grade 10, Academic or Applied
Credit Value

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 applications of concepts, and on the skills needed for further study in various branches of the life sciences and related fields.

Connection to our Catholic Faith

This course will help students address the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectation that they become reflective and creative thinkers who examine, evaluate and apply knowledge of interdependent systems for the development of a just and compassionate society.

Strands and Overall Expectations

Scientific Investigation Skills and Career Exploration

  • Demonstrate scientific investigation skills (related to both inquiry and research) in the four areas of skills (initiating and planning, performing and recording, analyzing and interpreting, and communicating);
  • Identify and describe careers relating to the fields of science under study, and describe the contributions of scientists, including Canadians, to those fields.

Cellular Biology

  • Evaluate the impact of environmental factors and medical technologies on certain cellular processes that occur in the human body;
  • Investigate the structures and functions of cells, and the factors that influence cellular activity, using appropriate laboratory equipment and techniques;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic processes of cellular biology.


  • Assess the effects of microorganisms in the environment, and analyse ethical issues related to their use in biotechnology;
  • Investigate the development and physical characteristics of microorganisms, using appropriate laboratory equipment and techniques;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the diversity of microorganisms and the relationships that exist between them.


  • Evaluate some social, ethical, and environmental implications of genetic research and related technologies;
  • Investigate the process of meiosis, and analyse data related to the laws of heredity;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the process of meiosis, and explain the role of genes in the transmission of hereditary characteristics.

Anatomy of Mammals

  • Analyse the social or economic impact of a technology used to treat systems in the human body, and the impact of lifestyle choices on human health;
  • Investigate, through laboratory inquiry or computer simulation, the anatomy, physiology, and response mechanisms of mammals;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the structure, function, and interactions of the circulatory, digestive, and respiratory systems of mammals.

Plants in the Natural Environment

  • Analyse the roles of plants in ecosystems, and assess the impact of human activities on the balance of plants within those ecosystems;
  • Investigate some of the factors that affect plant growth;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the structure and physiology of plants and their role in the natural environment.