7744 Medical Science II
Not a concentration program
The essential concern of physiology is how living things work and, as
physiology relates to man, it is the study of the normal functioning of
the human body. The methods and tools of physiology are those used in the
experimental sciences, and its range cuts across many different scientific
disciplines. Physiology emphasizes the basic functions of organs, the interactions
and coordination of these diverse functions, and attempts to analyze these
functions in terms of physical and chemical processes. A knowledge and understanding
of the functioning of the body and its component parts is an essential part
of a general education.
Physiology 101 is intended to meet the needs and expectations of many
types of students: those preparing for careers as doctors, nurses, medical
technicians, and biology teachers; those who are interested in a systematic
investigation of the biological sciences; and those who desire a general
knowledge of physiology as part of a liberal arts education.
Physiology 502, like Physiology 101, is a basic survey course covering
all areas of human physiology. It has the same objectives as Physiology
101, and advanced undergraduates who have the stated prerequisites are advised
to elect it rather than 101.
Chemistry Background for Introductory Physiology Courses. Although
college chemistry is not a course prerequisite, approximately 80% of the
students electing Physiology 101 have had some college or high school chemistry.
A background in chemistry is helpful for a basic understanding of physiology
since physiology represents an attempt to explain how the body functions
in terms of physical and chemical processes. Students who have had no chemistry
or whose high school chemistry background is weak should not be discouraged
from electing Physiology 101. However, such students are encouraged to obtain
the textbook prior to the start of the course and study the review chapter
covering basic chemistry. While it is not necessary to master all the material
contained in the review chapter, a general review of basic chemistry prior
to the beginning of the term usually proves helpful.
LS&A Courses in Physiology. All courses in Physiology are listed
in the Time Schedule under the Medical School. The following count as LS&A
courses for LS&A degree credit.
Courses in Physiology (Division 580)
101. Introduction to Human Physiology. No prerequisite, but prior
exposure to introductory chemistry is helpful. No credit granted to those
who have completed or are enrolled in Physiol. 502. (4). (NS). (BS).
306. Problems in Physiology. Physiol. 101 and permission of
instructor. (1-4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be elected for a total of
405. Research Problems in Physiology. For advanced undergraduate
and graduate students. Permission of instructor. (1-4; 1-2 in the half-term).
(Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a total of 8 credits.
502. Human Physiology. Biol. 152-154 , or 195 (or the equivalent),
and a course in biochemistry (Biol. 441 or Biol. Chem. 415), and permission
of instructor. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled
in Physiol. 101. (4). (Excl). (BS).
541/Biol. 541/Anatomy 541. Mammalian Reproductive Endocrinology.
Permission of instructor. (4). (Excl). (BS).