Course Description

This course is designed to give a foundation to students interested in a career in the health sciences. The major tissues, organs, and organ systems of the human body are described, as well as their contribution to the health of the individual. The risks and benefits of various behaviors are also evaluated in the light of their contribution or detraction from body functions. The study of the human body involves more than just its anatomy, but also an understanding of the roles each part plays and how each contributes to system and holistic wellness. The basic plan of the course is to examine each of the organ systems, including the skeletal, muscular, integumentary (skin), circulatory, respiratory, immune, digestive, excretory, nervous, sensory, endocrine, and reproductive systems. Each system is presented at the molecular, cellular, organ and system levels. The regulation and coordination of these systems constitutes physiology, which is the major part of the laboratory investigations associated with the course. The systems in the body are regulated by an elaborate series of feedback loops. After completing the course, students will have a foundation for more specialized studies in the health sciences.

Major Concepts


Grade Level


1 Semester

Biology or Honors Biology

Technology Skills