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Delaware County Community College, Serving Delaware and Chester Counties

BIO 150 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I

The first course in a two-semester sequence that covers the basic structure and function of the human body using a systems approach. Major topics covered include biological chemistry, cell biology, histology, integumentary system, skeletal system,muscular system, and nervous system. Laboratory work includes dissection, microscopy, models,and experimental demonstration of concepts covered in class. Dissection of preserved animal specimens is required. This course is designed primarily for students majoring in nursing or allied health fields. BIO 110 (Introductory Biology I) is suggested, but not required, before enrolling in Human Anatomy & Physiology I (4 credits). Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to: Demonstrate the correct usage of basic anatomical terminology. Describe how the body uses feedback systems to maintain homeostasis. Apply basic chemical concepts to the study of human physiology. Compare the major organic molecules found in the human body and describe their functions. Relate cell ultrastructure to the various functions performed by the cell. Compare the major tissues found in the human body and relate their structure and location to specific functions. Describe how the structure of the skin contributes to its function. Describe the organization and function of the skeletal system. Categorize joints according to their structure and function. Analyze the ultrastructure of skeletal muscle and explain the mechanism of muscle contraction. Demonstrate an understanding of the physiology of nerve impulse generation and propagation. Analyze the structure and function of the spinal cord and spinal nerves. Analyze the structure and function of the brain and cranial nerves. Demonstrate an understanding of how the autonomic nervous system functions to maintain homeostasis. Relate the structure and location of the various sensory receptors to the perception of specific sensations. Demonstrate an ability to perform modern laboratory skills, including dissection and microscopy. Collect and analyze experimental data, formulate appropriate conclusions, and compile lab reports. Apply concepts learned in this course to one’s personal health. College Academic Learning Goal Designation: Scientific Inquiry (SI)
Credit Hours: 4
Lecture Hours: 3
Lab Hours: 2

Course Prerequisites: MAT 050 or MAT 060 or placement test score: Co-req: ENG 100