BIOL 251: Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology

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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?

This course does not include a lab component.

Prerequisites: BIOL 101 and BIOL 101L (lab).

Required Text:

  • Russo, VanPutte, and Regan, Seeley’s Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology, 8th edition (2013), ISBN 978-0073378268

Optional Materials:

  • Anatomy & Physiology Revealed, an online interactive cadaver dissection “experience.” Students can purchase access online at
  • Stavraky, MediaPhys: An Introduction to Human Physiology 3.0 Version CD-ROM, 3rd edition (2006), ISBN 978-0072945829.

View a sample course syllabus for the correspondence course.

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