BIOL2125 Anatomy and Physiology I

This course is the first semester of a lecture and laboratory sequence in human anatomy and physiology. Human anatomy and physiology are studied using a body systems approach, with emphasis on the interrelationships between form and function at the gross and microscopic levels of organization. Homeostasis is an integrating theme throughout this course. Topics include anatomic and directional terminology, cellular processes, tissue classification, and the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems. Clinical applications of anatomy and physiology are also introduced. The laboratory component of the course parallels and reinforces lecture concepts through the use of models, histological slides, dissection of animal specimens and exercises in physiology. This course is intended for anyone interested in gaining a better understanding of the structure and functioning of the human body.




BIOL2005 with a grade equivalent of "C" or better OR BIOL2045 with a grade equivalent of "C" or better

Course Requirements and Evaluation

Refer to Course Syllabus for detailed information regarding the requirements and evaluation standards for this course. The Course Syllabus will be distributed the first week of the course.

Learning Outcomes

The following outcomes will be addressed in the course:
Apply descriptive anatomic and directional terminology
Describe the levels of biologic organization
Describe cellular organization, structure and function
Explain the dynamics of the structure and function of the cell membrane
Relate chemical activities of cells to the metabolic activities of the body
Identify microscopic and gross anatomy of selected tissues and organ systems
Describe the major gross and microscopic anatomic components of selected organ systems of the human body
Explain basic physiologic mechanisms of the body
Integrate the relationships between structure and function
Explain the basic concept of homeostasis and how homeostatic mechanisms apply to body systems
Describe the dynamics of the skeletal system
Explain the mechanisms of muscle contraction
Describe the functional relationships that exist among the components of the nervous system and select body systems
Apply concepts of human anatomy and physiology to human health and disease
Analyze experimental results
Demonstrate proper scientific methods, evaluative techniques and safety procedures in a laboratory setting

Text and References

A list of textbooks required for this course is available at the bookstore.

Course Scheduling

The scheduled hours of instruction include sixteen hours for each lecture credit, thirty two hours for each lab credit and forty hours for each credit of supervised occupational experience (SOE). Lecture credit may include formal or impromptu lectures, demonstrations or discussions with the entire class or with small groups or individuals. Refer to the Credit Details section of this course outline for the credit breakdown.

Accommodations Statement

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Credit Details





MnTC Goal Areas:

2 & 3