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Winter Academic Term 2002 Course Guide

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Courses in Physiology

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Winter Academic Term, 2002 (January 7 - April 26)

Open courses in Physiology
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Wolverine Access Subject listing for PHYSIOL

Winter Academic Term '02 Time Schedule for Physiology.

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 201 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. Students must have at least sophomore standing or permission of instructor.

Physiology 502, like Physiology 201, is a basic survey course covering all areas of human physiology. It has the same objectives as Physiology 201, and advanced undergraduates who have the stated prerequisites are advised to elect it rather than 201.

Courses in the Department of Physiology are listed in the Time Schedule as part of the Medical School's offerings in the subsection Physiology.

The following courses count as LS&A courses for LS&A degree credit.

PHYSIOL 306. Problems in Physiology.


Prerequisites & Distribution: Physiol. 201 and permission of instructor. (1-4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be elected for a total of eight credits.

Credits: (1-4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Directed readings or investigations in a major area of physiology. Arrangements are to be made between the student and faculty member.

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PHYSIOL 405. Research Problems in Physiology.


Prerequisites & Distribution: For advanced undergraduate and graduate students. Permission of instructor. (1-4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a total of eight credits.

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

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Directed research in Physiology.

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PHYSIOL 502. Human Physiology.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): McReynolds

Prerequisites & Distribution: An introductory course in biology and in biochemistry. (4). (Excl). (BS).

Credits: (4).

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  • 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.

    TEXTBOOK: Vander, Sherman & Luciano: "Human Physiology", 8th edition. McGraw-Hill, 2000. The text is not required, but is strongly recommended. Most students find it an extremely useful resource that covers most of the material in this course at the appropriate level. In addition, chapters 2-5 (not taught in lecture) cover the basic biochemistry and cell biology required for this course.


  • Homeostatic control systems
  • Movement of molecules across cell membranes
  • Osmosis / transport across epithelia / chemical messengers
  • Membrane potential
  • Generation and spread of electrical signals
  • Generation and spread of electrical signals
  • Synaptic transmission
  • Signal integration


  • Structure of the nervous system
  • Autonomic nervous system
  • Sensory systems: somatic sensation
  • Sensory systems: vision
  • Neural control of hormone release
  • Motor systems
  • Consciousness and behavior


  • Molecular basis of muscle contraction
  • Nerve-muscle interaction / muscle mechanics
  • Muscle metabolism / cardiac and smooth muscle


  • Overall design of the cardiovascular system
  • Blood and hemostasis
  • Heart I: Anatomy and heartbeat coordination
  • Heart II: Mechanical events of the cardiac cycle
  • Heart III: Cardiac output
  • Vascular I: Arteries and arterioles
  • Vascular II: Capillaries, veins, lymphatics
  • Integration of cardiovascular function: Reflexes
  • Cardiovascular 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 and proteins
  • Digestion and absorption of fat


  • Hormonal control of metabolism
  • Hormonal control of metabolism
  • Regulation of calcium metabolism and bone growth
  • Regulation of energy balance
  • Regulation of body temperature


  • Neural and hormonal control of the pituitary gland
  • Regulation of male reproductive system
  • Regulation of female reproductive system
  • Regulation of female reproductive system
  • Fertilization, implantation, pregnancy, contraception

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

    Section 001.

    Instructor(s): Theresa Lee (

    Prerequisites & Distribution: Biol. 310 or 311, or Biol. Chem 415. (4). (Excl). (BS).

    Credits: (4).

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    The course provides an overview of the hormonal regulation of mammalian reproduction at the behavioral, physiological, cellular, and molecular levels. Topics include basic and clinically-orientated material related to properties and mechanisms of action of the pituitary gonadotrophic hormones and gonadal sex steroids, the neural control of reproduction, reproductive behavior, anatomy and endocrine regulation of the testis and ovary and of the male and female reproductive tracts, endocrine control of menstrual and estrous cycles, mechanisms of fertilization and implantation, and the endocrine basis of pregnancy and fertility regulation.

    Primarily for upper-level undergraduates or graduate students with a strong background in biology. Prior exposure to Biochemistry is recommended. Evaluation is by written examinations and presentation of a poster. The course is team-taught by several members of the multi-departmental Reproductive Sciences Program.

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

    Section 001 Meets 1/5/2001 - 2/5/2001. (Drop/Add deadline=January 27).

    Instructor(s): Guan

    Prerequisites & Distribution: Two terms of organic chemistry; Biol. Chem. 415 or Chem. 451/452, and Biol. Chem. 570. Physical Chemistry is strongly recommended. (1). (Excl). (BS).

    Mini/Short course

    Credits: (1).

    Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

    Receptors; effector systems; oncogenes as signal transducers; interactions of signal transduction pathways.

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