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Biology Courses

BIOL 2256

Advanced Physiology

Credits: 2

Description: Meets MnTC goal area(s):3 Prerequisite:BIOL2254 or Anatomy & Physiology II This course is designed to increase the learners understanding of the mechanisms involved in the normal functioning of the human body, with lesser emphasis regarding the effects of disease on that functioning. Focus is on the body defenses and interaction and integration of body processes. Upon completion of this course, learners should have an enhanced knowledge and appreciation to the complexities of the human body by learning both the human anatomy of physiology for multiple organ systems and an understanding of cellular and molecular mechanisms that underlie human physiology. This is a general education course for all learners interested in better understanding of human physiology. This course includes lab-like activities and exercises.

Credit Breakdown: 2/0/0 (Lecture/Lab/On the job training)


This course should help you gain the following abilities and competencies.


Core Abilities

  1. Demonstrate effective communication/interaction skills.
  2. Demonstrate thinking/active learning skills.


  1. Identify the processes of cellular metabolism
  2. Correlate normal body function to neuromuscular physiology
  3. Correlate the functions and the components of the immune system
  4. Analyze the phyiology of the urinary system
  5. Analyze the mechanisms of tissue profusion and oxygenation
  6. Correlate fluid, electrolyte, and acid-base balance to the homeostatic mechanisms responsible for their control
  7. Correlate cardiovascular physiology to healthy human life

Guidelines for Success


In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, learners are encouraged to register with the Learning Services Director in the Learning Enrichment Center for assistance with accommodations. It is the learner's responsibility to voluntarily and confidentially disclose information regarding the nature and extent of a disability. The college cannot assume responsibility for providing accommodations or services to learners who have not identified themselves as having a qualifying disability.

Last Updated: 2011-05-23
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