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Course Description

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Biology - BIOL 237

Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology 1

4 Credit Hours
3 Lecture Hours
2 Laboratory Hours

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 TitleLocationCredit HoursInstructorsSeats Available ⁄Capacity ⁄WaitlistStatusFeeDays-Time-Room

Winter; 2021; BIOLOGY; No of Weeks : 12; Begins : 02/02/2021

 237115326Prin Hum Anat Phy 1RMT4Slusher G0/28/2Closed$135.00T R  04:00 PM-05:48 PM WEBWEB
F  03:00 PM-05:24 PM WEBWEB
 237115349Prin Hum Anat Phy 1RMT4Stewart S8/28/0Open$135.00W  02:00 PM-05:38 PM WEBWEB
M  02:00 PM-04:26 PM WEBWEB
 237115366Prin Hum Anat Phy 1RMT4Jubenville-Lutz T0/28/3Closed$135.00T R  06:00 PM-07:48 PM WEBWEB
W  06:00 PM-08:24 PM WEBWEB

Winter; 2021; BIOLOGY; No of Weeks : 15; Begins : 01/11/2021

 237115315Prin Hum Anat Phy 1RMT4Siddiqui A9/28/0Open$135.00M  08:00 AM-10:54 AM WEBWEB
W  08:00 AM-09:54 AM WEBWEB
 237115323Prin Hum Anat Phy 1RMT4Nunez J3/28/0Open$135.00M  12:00 PM-02:54 PM WEBWEB
W  11:00 AM-12:54 PM WEBWEB
 237115339Prin Hum Anat Phy 1RMT4Gray S8/28/0Open$135.00T  08:00 AM-10:54 AM WEBWEB
R  08:00 AM-09:54 AM WEBWEB
 237115340Prin Hum Anat Phy 1RMT4Wrone T9/28/0Open$135.00M  11:00 AM-12:54 PM WEBWEB
W  11:00 AM-01:54 PM WEBWEB
 237115341Prin Hum Anat Phy 1RMT4Gray S9/28/0Open$135.00T  11:00 AM-01:54 PM WEBWEB
R  11:00 AM-12:54 PM WEBWEB
 237115342Prin Hum Anat Phy 1RMT4Kitakis F0/28/4Closed$135.00M  02:00 PM-04:54 PM WEBWEB
W  02:00 PM-03:54 PM WEBWEB
 237115343Prin Hum Anat Phy 1RMT4Stewart S4/28/0Open$135.00F  09:00 AM-11:54 AM WEBWEB
F  01:00 PM-02:54 PM WEBWEB
 237115347Prin Hum Anat Phy 1RMT4Penzien J1/28/0Open$135.00T  12:00 PM-02:54 PM WEBWEB
R  11:00 AM-12:54 PM WEBWEB
 237115348Prin Hum Anat Phy 1RMT4Cook S20/28/0Open$135.00M  08:00 AM-09:54 AM WEBWEB
W  08:00 AM-10:54 AM WEBWEB
 237115446Prin Hum Anat Phy 1RMT4Bieri R0/28/4Closed$135.00R  04:00 PM-06:54 PM WEBWEB
T  04:00 PM-05:54 PM WEBWEB

Key: Day of the Week

  • T = Tuesday
  • R = Thursday
  • S = Saturday
  • X = Sunday