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Winter Academic Term 2004 Graduate Course Guide

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Courses in Physiology

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Winter Academic Term 2004 (January 6 - April 30)

PHYSIOL 405. Research Problems in Physiology.


Prerequisites: For advanced undergraduate and graduate students. Permission of instructor. (1-4). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 8 credits.

Credits: (1-4; 1-2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Advanced undergraduate laboratory research. Students engage in an independent research project that is designed with a Physiology Faculty mentor.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 5, Permission of instructor

PHYSIOL 500. Principles of Physiology.

Section 001.


Prerequisites: Permission of instructor required. (4). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Human systems physiology. For medical students only.

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PHYSIOL 502. Human Physiology.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): John S McReynolds

Prerequisites: An introductory course in biology and in biochemistry. (4). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage:

PHYSIOL 502 is a introductory graduate / advanced undergraduate course that covers the basic principles of cell physiology and the functions of the major organ systems.


  • 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.

Topics covered include basic principles of the physiology of individual cells and the various organ systems, including the nervous system, muscle, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, gastrointestinal, endocrine and reproductive systems. Emphasis is on the mechanisms by which cells and organs perform their functions and the interaction of the various organs in maintaining total body function.

  • Homeostatic control systems /chemical messengers /membrane transport
  • Osmosis / transport across epithelia
  • Membrane potential
  • Electrical signals
  • Synaptic transmission and signal integration
  • Molecular basis of muscle contraction
  • Muscle mechanics and metabolism, cardiac and smooth muscle
  • Structure of the nervous system
  • Autonomic nervous system / sensory systems: somatic sensation
  • Sensory systems: vision
  • Motor systems
  • States of consciousness and behavior / neural control of hormone release
  • Overall design of the cardiovascular system
  • Blood and hemostasis
  • Heart anatomy and heartbeat coordination / cardiac cycle / cardiac output
  • Arteries and arterioles, capillaries, veins, lymphatics
  • Integration of cardiovascular function
  • CV system in health and disease
  • Mechanics of breathing / ventilation
  • Exchange of gases in alveoli and tissues
  • Transport of oxygen and carbon dioxide in blood / control of respiration
  • Filtration, secretion and reabsorption / Control of sodium excretion
  • Fluid balance and water handling by the kidney
  • Regulation of potassium and pH / hormonal function of the kidney
  • Pathophysiology of the kidney
  • GI System overview / salivary gland function
  • Stomach action / Intestine and pancreas
  • Digestion and absorption of carbohydrates, proteins and fat
  • Hormonal control of metabolism
  • Regulation of calcium metabolism and bone growth
  • Regulation of energy balance and body temperature
  • Hormonal regulation of male reproductive system
  • Hormonal regulation of female reproductive system
  • Fertilization, implantation, pregnancy, contraception

EXAMINATIONS There will be four in-class examinations (exams 1-4) and a comprehensive final exam. All exams will consist of multiple-choice questions. Students are responsible for all material covered in lecture, as well as any reading specifically assigned by the lecturers. Each exam will count 20% of the final grade.

FORMAT: Three 90 minute lectures per week. Lectures are presented by various members of the Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology.

Open to students of dentistry, pharmacy, the allied health professions, graduate students from various programs, and advanced undergraduates who have the prerequisites.

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PHYSIOL 541 / BIOLOGY 541 / PSYCH 532 / ANAT 541. Mammalian Reproductive Endocrinology.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Theresa M Lee (

Prerequisites: BIOLOGY 310 or 311, or BIOLCHEM 415. (4). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4).

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A study of the cellular and molecular actions of reproductive hormones, which are responsible for the regulation of the female and male reproductive systems. Topics include: the properties and mechanisms of action of pituitary gonadotropic and sex steroid hormones, the anatomy and endocrine regulation of the ovary and testis and of the male and female reproductive tracts, mechanisms of fertilization, implantation and development, the endocrinology of pregnancy, and contraception.

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PHYSIOL 576 / BIOLCHEM 576 / PHRMACOL 576. Signal Transduction.

Section 001 — Meets January 7-February 6. (Drop/Add deadline=January 26).

Instructor(s): Kun-Liang Guan

Prerequisites: Two terms of organic chemistry; BIOLCHEM 415 or CHEM 451/452, and BIOLCHEM 570. Physical Chemistry is strongly recommended. (1). May not be repeated for credit.

Mini/Short course

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See BIOLCHEM 576.001.

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