PHYSIOL 502 - Human Physiology
Section: 001
Term: WN 2009
Subject: Physiology (PHYSIOL)
Department: MED Molecular and Integrative Physiology
Requirements & Distribution:
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Introduction to biology and biochemistry.
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

PHYSIOL 502 is an introductory graduate / advanced undergraduate course that covers the basic principles of cell physiology and the functions of the major organ systems. The course, which is 4 credit hours, is given in the winter term every year.

FORMAT: Three 90 minute lectures per week (MWF 12:30-2:00 pm), presented by various members of the Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology. There will be 4 midterm exams and a comprehensive final exam.


  • To describe physiological functions in terms of physical and chemical laws.
  • To understand the functions of individual cells as the basis for understanding the functions of organs.
  • To demonstrate the coordination of physiological processes that underlies the maintenance of a stable internal environment (homeostasis).
  • To explain how different organ systems contribute to homeostasis.

TEXBOOK: "VANDER'S HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY", 10th Edition. by E.P. Widmaier, H. Raff and K.T. Strang. McGraw-Hill, 2006. Each lecturer will assign reading in the text for his/her section. Some reading assignments may be required in advance of the lecture.

EXAMINATIONS: There will be four midterm exams and a comprehensive final exam. All exams will consist of multiple-choice questions. Students are responsible for all material covered in lecture, web notes and any reading specifically assigned by the lecturers. Exam scores will be posted on the course web site by student ID number as soon as possible after each exam.

GRADES: Each exam will count 20% of the course grade.

PHYSIOL 502 - Human Physiology
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
2PHR Prof
MWF 12:30PM - 2:00PM
Note: For non-Pharmacy students, prerequisites: one college-level course in Biology with Biochemistry. Advanced undergraduates (Juniors and Seniors) or graduate students.
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ISBN: 0077216091
Vander's human physiology : the mechanisms of body function, Author: Eric P. Widmaier, Hershel Raff, Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education 11th ed. 2008
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