An introduction to human physiology emphasizing biomedical engineering approaches to the understanding of basic organ function, disease states, and medical intervention.
Prerequisite: CHEM 1315 (or CHEM 2311) or Junior Standing
Credit Hours: 3
Average GPA: 3.23
This course focuses on how the body maintains homeostasis by going through the major body systems (nervous, cardiac-respiratory, renal) and their physiology (how they function). You will spend a few weeks on each system, and every 5 weeks or so you’ll be tested on these systems. This course follows a more traditional lecture-based format, but depending on the professor, you may do group projects or create concept maps. Both will help you understand the concepts learned in a more holistic sense.
THE Tip: Understand how your professor will test. This may mean you need to really focus on the book and not class notes or the opposite. This class will become immensely easier as you begin to understand how and what to study. Don’t be afraid to ask if the professor expects you to memorize something or not – they will be honest.
Recall: Biology from high school and organic chemistry.
Spend your time… By being a self-learner and going the extra mile to learn the material. Don’t memorize facts; understand the reasons behind any action. Visiting office hours never hurts and often allows the professor to go more in depth. Print out PowerPoints before class and pay attention to the class lectures. Spend your lecture time writing something the professor mentioned in class that is not mentioned on the slides. Also take the time to understand homework assignments because similar questions will show up on exams.
Take Home: An understanding of human physiology and how complex systems work together. This is very helpful for MCAT studying for premedical students. Basic concepts in this class will be referred to in other courses (BMED 3110, BMED 3610, etc.)