Course Number & Name:  BIO 121 Anatomy and Physiology I

Credit Hours:  4.0            Contact Hours:  6.0          Lecture:  3.0       Lab:  3.0                Other:  N/A

Prerequisites:  Grades of “C” or better in MTH 092 or MTH 100 or placement
Concurrent Courses: Grades of “C” or better in ENG 101 or placement
Note: High school biology or BIO 100 is strongly recommended.

Course Description: This course on human anatomy and physiology covers integration and regulation of physiological processes with emphasis on the structural and functional interrelationships.  Lecture topics include:  chemical and physical constituents of living material; cell structure and function; tissues, their arrangements and their contributions to systemic function; development and functions of the skeletal system; muscle anatomy and physiology; and the nervous system.  The laboratory work serves to enhance the lectures through detailed discussions, hands-on examination of specimens, and problem solving.

General Education Goals: BIO 121 is affirmed in the following General Education Foundation Category:  Scientific Knowledge and Reasoning.  The corresponding General Education Goal is as follows:  Students will use the scientific method of inquiry through the acquisition of scientific knowledge.

<!–Course Goals: Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:

  1. explain some of the fundamental concepts and theories that are the basis of the fields of     biochemistry, cell biology and histology;
  2. apply the scientific method using the light microscope in practice and in theory;
  3. explain the concept of complementarity of structure and function.  Use this concept to identify the basic structures and functions of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems; and
  4. explain the concept of homeostasis.  Describe how homeostasis can be used to illustrate wellness and illness in the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems.


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