1 Introduction to Human Physiology (4 Units)
This course presents the biochemical and biophysical principles underlying the physiological processes of the human being. Lecture topics include the neural and hormonal regulation of bodily processes, and the integration of the organ systems to maintain a constant fluid environment within the body. Special emphasis will be placed on the evaluation of body temperature, blood pressure, breathing, and urine output, as well as the interpretation of clinical laboratory tests. Laboratory exercises will introduce the student to the spectrophotometer, EKG machine, blood pressure cuff, and urinalysis tests.
This course is intended to meet the requirements of students majoring in Nursing, Dental Hygiene, Occupational Therapy, Psychology, Physical Education, and Life Sciences, or for those who wish to extend their knowledge of the human body beyond the scope of introductory biology.
Textbook: contact your professor for more information about textbooks
Some previously recommended textbooks are:
- Human Physiology, 1st edition. Bryan H. Derrickson. Wiley Publishing. 2016
- Principles of Anatomy and Physiology, 15th edition, Gerard J. Tortora and Bryan H. Derrickson. Wiley Publishing, 2016
- Human Physiology, 14th Edition. Stuart Fox. McGraw-Hill Higher Education, 2015.
Prerequisite: Anatomy 1 and Biology 3A/3B (or Biology 6) or college-level biology; Chemistry 60 (or Chem 101); Math 125
Student Learning Outcomes:
At the end of the semester, the student will be able to:
- Accurately measure heart rate, blood pressure and record and evaluate an electrocardiogram.
- Explain how the digestive system, respiratory system and urinary system act to provide the body with necessary compounds and work to remove waste products.