BIOL 251: Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology

Self-paced Online

This course covers the various ways by which different body structures maintain normal, healthy functioning. Students explore questions such as: How do muscles make the bones of the skeleton move? What happens to injured bones, and how are they repaired? How does the body respond to injury? How does the body defend itself against bacteria and viruses? Why do hormones act only on certain tissues and not throughout the body?

Required Texts/Materials

  • Russo, VanPutte, and Regan, Seeley’s Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology, 8th edition (2013), ISBN 9780073378268

Optional Texts/Materials

  • Anatomy & Physiology Revealed, an online interactive cadaver dissection “experience.” Students can purchase access online at www.aprevealed.comNot available from UNC Student Stores.

  • Stavraky, MediaPhys: An Introduction to Human Physiology 3.0 Version CD-ROM, 3rd edition (2006), ISBN 978-0072945829. Available from UNC Student Stores.

You can find information on how to purchase textbooks and required materials on the Textbooks page of the Friday Center website.

Course Details

  • Instructor: Donald Misch, PhD
  • Credit-granting Institution: UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Credit Hours: 3, does not include lab; the lab cannot be taken as an individual course on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus.
  • Number of Assignments: 20
  • View a sample course syllabus for the online course.
  • UNC-Chapel Hill perspectives/requirements fulfilled: The Office of Undergraduate Curricula has links to information about which perspectives this course fulfills under the “Pre-2006 Curriculum” and which requirements it fulfills under the new curriculum (see “2006 Curriculum”). This course does not fulfill the nursing prerequisite, BIOL 252.

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