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Course Description

Biology - BIOL 237

Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 (3-2) 4 Cr. Hrs.

Course Description

This is the first course in a two-semester sequence in the comprehensive study of the structure and function of the human body. Emphasis will be placed upon the anatomy and physiology of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous and endocrine systems. Labs reinforce units of study and include the use of prepared histological slides, anatomical models, bones, dissection of preserved specimens and computer simulations. In addition, students will have the opportunity to examine a dissected cadaver to enhance anatomical studies. BIOL 237 and BIOL 238 are designed for the student who plans to pursue a career in the health or biomedical field. Students attend three hours of lecture and two hours of lab each week.


(A requirement that must be completed before taking this course.)

  • None.


  • BIOL 101 is strongly recommended. Institutional research has shown that students who successfully complete BIOL 101 prior to taking BIOL 237 perform significantly better in the course.

Course Competencies

Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Compare the different levels of organization of the human body.
  • Explain control mechanisms for homeostasis.
  • Apply anatomical and directional terminology.
  • Explain the structure and function of the cell and its components.
  • Characterize major tissue types and their functions.
  • Summarize the structure and function of the integumentary system.
  • Outline the organization of bone tissue.
  • Compare the bones and bone markings of the axial and appendicular skeletons.
  • Differentiate among the types of joints and their associated movements.
  • Contrast the organization of the three types of muscle tissue.
  • Explain how muscles produce movement.
  • Identify the origins, insertions and actions of skeletal muscles.
  • Summarize the organization of the nervous system.
  • Outline the process of nerve impulse conduction.
  • Explain the structure and function of the brain and spinal cord.
  • Explain the function of the autonomic nervous system.
  • Evaluate the structure and function of the special senses.
  • Explain the structure and function of the components of the endocrine system.

Course Schedule

 CourseSectionCourse TitleModeCredit HoursInstructorsFeeSeats Available ⁄Capacity ⁄WaitlistStatusDays-Time-Room

Fall; 2018; BIOLOGY; No of Weeks : 12; Begins : 09/18/2018

 237145349Prin Hum Anat Phy 1 4Sampson M$182.000/24/8ClosedM W  04:00 PM-05:48 PM F130
T  04:00 PM-06:24 PM BTC135

Fall; 2018; BIOLOGY; No of Weeks : 15; Begins : 08/27/2018

 237145332Prin Hum Anat Phy 1 4Cook S$182.001/24/0OpenM  08:00 AM-10:54 AM BTC145
W  08:00 AM-09:54 AM BTC135
 237145333Prin Hum Anat Phys 1 4Cavanaugh P$182.003/24/0OpenT  08:00 AM-09:54 AM BTC135
R  08:00 AM-10:54 AM BTC145
 237145334Prin Hum Anat Phys 1 4Gray S$182.000/24/2ClosedM  11:00 AM-01:54 PM BTC145
W  11:00 AM-12:54 PM BTC135
 237145335Prin Hum Anat Phy 1 4Taylor B$182.000/24/0ClosedT  11:00 AM-12:54 PM BTC135
R  11:00 AM-01:54 PM BTC145
 237145336Prin Hum Anat Phy 1 4Wrone T$182.002/24/0OpenF  09:00 AM-10:54 AM BTC135
F  12:00 PM-02:54 PM BTC145
 237145337Prin Hum Anat Phy 1 4Kitakis F$182.001/24/0OpenM  02:00 PM-04:54 PM BTC145
W  02:00 PM-03:54 PM BTC135
 237145394Prin Hum Anat Phy 1 4Kitakis F$182.000/24/10ClosedM  06:00 PM-08:54 PM BTC145
W  06:00 PM-07:54 PM BTC135
 237145396Prin Hum Anat Phy 1 4Taylor B$182.001/24/3OpenT  06:00 PM-08:54 PM BTC145
R  06:30 PM-08:24 PM BTC135
 237145439Prin Hum Anat Phy 1 4Siddiqui A$182.004/24/0OpenM  02:00 PM-03:54 PM BTC135
W  02:00 PM-04:54 PM BTC145
 237145440Prin Hum Anat Phy 1 4Gray S$182.002/24/0OpenM  08:00 AM-09:54 AM BTC135
W  08:00 AM-10:54 AM BTC145
 237147810Prin Hum Anat Phy 1Hybrid4Crowley-Harpenau P$182.002/24/4OpenF  11:00 AM-01:54 PM BTC135
 237147838Prin Hum Anat Phy 1Hybrid4Butkevich N$182.001/24/1OpenT  01:00 PM-03:54 PM BTC135
 237147842Prin Hum Anat Phy 1Hybrid4Butkevich N$182.002/24/0OpenR  01:00 PM-03:54 PM BTC135