• Program: Biology
  • Course: Human Physiology
  • Course #: BIOL2215
  • Total Credits: 4

Course Description

This course is the second semester of a lecture and laboratory sequence in human anatomy and physiology. The course provides an in-depth study of the functioning of body systems, including the muscular, nervous, cardiovascular, immune, respiratory, digestive, urinary, endocrine, and reproductive systems. Emphasis is placed on systemic human physiology, which is augmented by discussions of cellular and molecular mechanisms. Applicable principles of chemistry and physics are reviewed in order to enhance understanding of physiological processes. The laboratory component of the course is designed to reinforce the topics discussed in lecture, as well as to introduce students to some of the laboratory techniques and equipment used in the acquisition of physiological data. This course will cover the characteristics of hazardous wastes and its safe handling, storage, and disposal.

Course 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.

Disability Services

Hennepin Technical College offers reasonable accommodations to qualified students with disabilities. If you have a documented disability that may require accommodations, contact the college’s Disability Services Director: Sara Laviolette at Brooklyn Park (763-488-2477) or Jean Kreutter at Eden Prairie (952-995-1544).

Course Goals

The following goals will be addressed in the course:
Integrate the functional relationships among different organ systems to maintain homeostasis in the human body
Explain the coordination of physiological processes underlying homeostasis at the system and molecular level
Apply the principles of chemistry and physics influencing physiological mechanisms
Explain cell membrane dynamics, including transport, communication, and membrane potential
Describe molecular control of protein synthesis; cell metabolism and respiration; communication; and reproduction
Explain nervous system functions and regulation, including sensory, motor, and integrative neurophysiology
Classify hormones and their mechanisms of action in regulating cellular functions
Describe the dynamics of the skeletal system in maintaining homeostasis
Explain the mechanisms of muscle contraction at the different structural levels
Explain the mechanisms of the various components of the cardiovascular system
Differentiate innate immunity from adaptive immunity
Evaluate the processes of pulmonary ventilation
Distinguish between the respiratory and metabolic components of acid-base balance
Analyze the processes of urine formation, water, and electrolyte balance
Describe digestive system processes, phases, and control
Contrast male and female reproductive physiology and development
Solve medical case studies related to physiological concepts
Critique scientific journal articles
Measure physiological processes in a laboratory environment using various methods, instruments, and software
Apply the principles of instrumentation and calibration to obtain accurate measurements
Interpret instrument data and experiment results
Develop physiological research experiments based on scientific method
Synthesize scientific reports

Credit Details
  • Lecture: 3
  • Lab: 1
  • MnTC Goal: 3
Course Details
  • Prerequisites:  BIOL2115 with a grade of C or better and qualifying score on math assessment test OR MATH1700
  • Campus: Brooklyn Park/Eden Prairie

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