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2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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BIOL 355 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I

The first quarter of a two-quarter study of the structure and function of the human body. Students should not take BIOL 355 unless they intend to take BIOL 356. Three hours lecture and four hours laboratory per week. A student cannot use BIOL 355/356 and BIOL 455 in the major. A student cannot receive credit for both BIOL 355 and BIOL 305.

Prerequisites: BIOL 183.

Credits: (5)

Learner Outcomes, Activities and Assessments

Learner Outcome

Activity (optional)


NOTE: This course is one of a two quarter sequence. Each course covers a different set of human organ systems, with similar learner outcomes.



Identify and analyze detailed anatomical structures associated with the major human organ systems (or a suitable mammalian surrogate such as cats, etc. will be used to dissect /identify these structures.


Laboratory-based practical exams in which labeled structures need to be correctly identified and lecture exams in which questions regarding anatomical relationships between structures must be answered.

Describe the detailed functioning (physiology) of all major organ system of the body.


Written laboratory assignments will ask the students to address questions regarding the hands-on laboratory experiences. Written lecture exams will have the student answer questions, including in essay format, regarding physiological functioning.

Integrate the study of anatomy and physiology to gain a fuller understanding of human form and function.


Students will answer in-depth integrative questions as a part of written conceptual exams.

Demonstrate the dissection and laboratory skills necessary for the examination and study of the major human organ systems.


Student lab reports and dissections will be assessed for completeness and quality of work.

Relate physical structure to biological function across all levels of organization (from cellular to organismal levels).


Students will demonstrate this knowledge through physiology lab reports and written conceptual exams.

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