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BIO 103 - Introduction to Human Biology

Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

This course familiarizes students with the structure and function of the human body. It deals with the chemical, cellular and physiological principles on which human life is based. The normal organization and function of the body’s organ systems are covered along with selected disorders. This course does not satisfy a biology requirement for the biology major.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Recognize the application of the scientific method to the study of the human body.
  2. Identify the chemical principles that form the basis of human life.
  3. Characterize the major chemical components of the human body.
  4. Describe the organization of the cell and its parts.
  5. Explain the principles of cell membrane function.
  6. Delineate the cell’s need for and its means of acquiring energy.
  7. Distinguish among the major tissue types.
  8. Define homeostasis.
  9. Describe the structure and function of the organ systems of the human body
  10. Relate abnormalities and disorders to the normal structure and function of the body’s organ systems.
Listed Topics
  1. The scientific method and the process of science in the study of human biology
  2. Atoms, molecules, chemical bonds and reactions
  3. Chemical composition of the human body
  4. Cell structure
  5. Cell membrane physiology
  6. Cellular metabolism
  7. The four primary tissues
  8. Homeostasis as the basis of human physiology
  9. The organ systems of the human body (including selected abnormalities and disorders):
  •  Cardiovascular system: heart, blood vessels, lymphatic circulation, blood
  •  Digestive system: digestive processes and nutrition
  •  Respiratory system: gas exchange
  •  Urinary system: excretion
  •  Skeletal system and articulations: support and movement
  •  Muscular system: locomotion
  •  Nervous system: integration and coordination
  •  Sensory reception: the world outside and in
  •  Endocrine system: integration and coordination II

 Reference Materials
Textbook and contemporary learning materials.

Approved By: Murphy, Michael Date Approved: 10/18/2007

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