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This course introduces fundamental aspects of human physiology with emphasis on organ systems, their components, and their functions.  Students compare states of health and disease across the lifespan spectrum.  Topics include introductions to human physiology, organ systems, cell biology, and genetics.  The molecular bases for physiologic processes are introduced.  The roles of exercise, nutrition, lifestyle, aging, and the environment on states of health are introduced in relation to fundamental physiological principles.  

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following. 

  1. Describe the functions of different organ systems and their constituent components.
  2. Explain what a gene is and how genetic regulation and differences contribute to normal physiology as well as diversity and disease.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of how lifestyle affects physiology and ultimately an individual’s state of health or disease. 

Find out more about how an online master's degree from Saint Mary’s can benefit your career: call 877-308-9954 to speak with an enrollment counselor or request more information.