BIO 4161 and 4162 or equivalent is recommended.
Physiology of the cardiovascular system:
characteristics of blood;
the cardiac cycle and cardiac output;
blood vessels and their functioning:
arteries as passageways
arterioles as resistance vessels
capillaries as sites of exchange
lymphatics and interstitial fluid return
veins and venous return.
resistance to infection;
nonspecific immune responses:
specific immune responses:
physics of gases;
composition of gases;
Digestive system physiology:
structure of the gut tube;
regulation of digestive secretion;
metabolism and energetics.
Urinary system physiology:
formation of urine;
regulation of acid-base balance.
the female hormonal system;
the ovarian cycle;
the uterine cycle;
immunological aspects of pregnancy;
special considerations of the neonate.
To understand the physiology of cardiovascular, immune, respiratory,
digestive, and urinary organ systems and how they function to maintain
To understand the hormonal control of reproduction and the processes
of gamete formation, fertilization, gestation, parturition, and early
To learn how to use the Internet as a tool for gathering information.
Class lectures based upon the distributed outlines. This material may,
from time to time, be augmented by assigned readings, Internet searches,
or video presentations.
Exams will be based on the lecture presentations and any other assigned material.
Two examinations, as specified on the fine print page.