Physiology is a laboratory-intensive course designed for juniors and seniors, which explores the organization and processes of the various systems of the human body. Throughout the course, students will study the structures and functions of the various organs and tissues of the human body and compare them to those of other animals with similar structure. Students will develop a detailed understanding of the precise terms used to identify body structures and functions and will examine various forms of animal tissue that can be related to those of the human.

The curriculum of this course includes an in-depth exploration of the various systems of the human body, including the nervous, muscular, circulatory, respiratory, and digestive systems. Students will also learn about the endocrine and excretory systems and how they function to maintain homeostasis in the body. The course will also cover the basics of genetics and inheritance, including how genes are expressed and how they can be influenced by environmental factors.

The course will be very hands-on, with students engaging in laboratory experiments to explore physiological concepts in-depth. Through these experiments, students will develop their critical thinking and problem-solving skills, as well as their ability to collect, analyze, and interpret scientific data. In addition to laboratory work, students will engage in discussion and collaborative projects to deepen their understanding of physiological concepts.

Upon completion of this course, students will have gained a detailed understanding of the human body and its various systems, as well as the ability to compare and contrast these systems with those of other animals. They will have developed their scientific inquiry and laboratory skills, as well as their ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with others. The course will provide a strong foundation for further study in the biological and medical sciences and will fulfill the University of California laboratory science requirement.

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