2021-2022 Pierce College Catalog 
    Jan 25, 2022  
2021-2022 Pierce College Catalog
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BIOL& 170 Human Biology: Anatomy & Physiology (5 credits)

Distribution Area Fulfilled Natural Sciences; General Transfer Elective
Formerly BIOL 118

Course Description
A comprehensive study of the human body, its structure, and its function. A non-lab course appropriate for non-science majors or for students beginning study in life sciences.

Student Outcomes
1. Apply correct anatomical terms to body regions and directional reference
2. Describe, recognize, label or diagram the arrangement of the atom with its subatomic particles
3. Explain the connection of chemical properties resulting from bonding to behavior of molecules in cellular systems in terms of ions, polarity and solubility
4. Describe the significance of pH to enzymes and other proteins
5. Recognize and describe general characteristics of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and describe food sources of these macromolecules
6. Recognize and describe nucleic acids and ATP
7. List, describe, diagram and/or locate organelles and other cytoplasmic inclusions of importance to human cells, and their function.
8. Describe cellular transport mechanisms
9. List, describe, and recognize the major function of and criteria for the classification of the four basic tissue types: epithelial, connective, muscle, and nervous
10. Label, list, describe or recognize the various layers of the skin and discuss their homeostatic interaction with each other and other body systems
11. Identify the major components of the skeletal system and describe the interaction of these components with other body systems
12. Label, list or identify the major bones of the skeleton
13. Explain joint function and basic joint movements
14. Compare the types of muscle tissue by gross and microscopic structure, location, and function
15. Describe the physiology of contraction of skeletal muscle briefly and how it integrates with other body systems
16. Label, list or identify the major muscles of the human musculature system
17. Identify, describe and summarize the major components of the nervous system and describe the interaction of these components with other body systems
18. Diagram and describe the process of neural transmission
19. Describe the physiology and related anatomy of the senses of taste, smell, balance, vision, and hearing
20. Label the endocrine organs; describe the principal mechanisms the endocrine system uses to maintain homeostasis with regard to growth, reproduction and metabolism, blood mineral and glucose levels, and water levels
21. Name, summarize, describe the function and differentiate the cellular and non-cellular components of blood
22. Describe heart structure and function including pumping mechanism and blood pathway
23. Compare and contrast artery, vein and capillary anatomy and physiology with reference to function, pulse, cardiovascular disease and major organ supply and drainage
24. Summarize components and function of the lymphatic system, emphasizing its relationship to immunity, and circulatory function
25. Label, describe, and contrast the various organs of the respiratory, digestive, reproductive and urinary systems with regard to function, structure and effect on other systems
26. Explain the importance of fluid, electrolytes, and pH balance to maintaining homeostasis with the systems and the body as a whole

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