Sierra College Department of Biological Sciences

Bio. Sci. 6 - Human Physiology: Course Detail

(5 units / lect. & lab. combined)

Full-Time Faculty Lead: Paul Badaracco

Catalog Description: A study of the function, regulation, and homeostasis of systems in the human body. Recommended for students in nursing, medicine, physical education, physical and occupational therapy, psychology, and life science majors. Experiments on non-living systems, blood and circulation, muscle, nervous system and sense organs, ion balance and fluid environment, endocrines, respiration, and digestion.

(CAN BIOL 12) Prerequisite: Completion of Chemistry 1A or 2A or 3A/3B and Bio.Sci. 5 or 7A/7B or 55

Additional Info: Bio. Sci. 6 Human Physiology is a rigorous course that introduces students to the physiology of the human body. Most of the students taking Human Physiology are allied health field, physical education or biology majors who recognize the competitiveness of their chosen field. They tend to be highly motivated, and work very hard to master the material presented. The laboratory offers students an opportunity to gain "hands on" experience with specific physiological mechanisms. Students learn to work with a variety of equipment (physiographs, transducers, electrodes, computers, balances, pipettes, etc.), to follow laboratory procedures, to analyze data and to draw accurate conclusions about physiological processes.

Typical class outline might include:

Homeostasis, Physiological Rhythms, Cellular Physiology, Genetic Control Mechanisms, Energy & Cellular Metabolism, Cellular Communication, Neurophysiology, The Nervous System: CNS, Sensory Physiology, The Nervous System: ANS, Endocrine Physiology, Muscle Physiology, Cardiovascular Physiology, Blood/Lymph, Defense Systems/Immunity, Respiratory Physiology, Gastrointestinal Physiology, Renal Physiology, Physiology of Reproduction

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