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    Vassar College
  Feb 19, 2018
Catalogue 2017-2018
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BIOL 217 - Human Physiology

Semester Offered: Spring
1 unit(s)
What happens when you go on a ski trip and stay at high altitude? How do diuretics help with the regulation of blood pressure? How do we maintain our body temperature or respond to an infection? This course considers the fundamental principles of physiology using the human body as the model system. We examine genetic, cellular, organismal and evolutionary aspects of how our bodies operate to enable us to eat, sleep, move, breathe and reproduce. We consider how our mammalian bodies tackle the problems of terrestrial life. The laboratory includes independent, experimental investigations with an emphasis on experimental design, data collection and analysis. Kathleen Susman.

Prerequisite(s): BIOL 106  and either BIOL 105 , AP Biology with a 4 or 5 AP score, or IB higher level 5, 6 or 7 test score, unless otherwise noted.

Two 75-minute periods and one 4-hour laboratory

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