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Biological Science (BI SC)

BI SC 004 (GN) Human Body: Form and Function (3) A general survey of structure and function--from conception, through growth and reproduction, to death. Students who have passed BIOL 129 and 141 may not schedule this course.

BI SC 004 Human Body: Form and Function (3)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

This course introduces students to biological principles fundamental to understanding human life. Cell structure, biochemistry and metabolism, the structure and function of major organ systems, and human genetics are explored in the course. Special emphasis on the relationship of the functioning of the human body to human disease is also stressed.

Students will be able to describe the basic biochemical, structural and functional characteristics of cells. They will learn the roles of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and nucleic acids in cells and in the body as a whole. They will understand how these molecules are used in building cell and body structures, in energy-releasing metabolism and in the copying and use of genetic information.

Students will also be able to explain how different organ systems enable the body to meet the need for support structures, oxygen, nutrients, waste elimination, internal communication, defense against infectious disease and cancer, coordination of internal activity, and reproduction. This will be accomplished through the study of the skeletal and muscular systems, the circulatory, respiratory, digestive and nervous systems as well as the endocrine and reproductive systems.

The course provides support for majors such as Nursing, Psychology, Nutrition and others that touch on various aspects of human biology. However, students from any major will benefit from this course for the obvious reason that everyone should understand how their lives depend on a properly developed and functioning body.

General Education: GN
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: Natural Sciences
Effective: Spring 2002

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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