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Mary Pat Wenderoth
BIOL 350
Seattle Campus

Foundations in Physiology

Physiology core course for biological sciences majors. Analysis of basic principles of animal and plant physiology, with emphasis on cellular processes that mediate organismic processes. Serves as gateway to upper-division courses in physiology. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.0 in either BIOL 220, B BIO 220, or TESC 140; recommended: either PHYS 115 or PHYS 122. Offered: AWSpS.

Class description

We will go into great depth on the GI system. We will use this system to better understand feedback systems, neural control of processes, role of hormones, the concept of mass balance, control systems, homeostasis and flux. We will be reviewing Action Potentials, RMP, EPSP, IPSPs. We will also learn about thermoregulation, glucose and calcium homeostasis, and growth hormone, thyroid hormone and cortisol.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

I will be using the latest evidence-based teaching methods that have their foundation in cognitive science. The class is very interactive and will stretch and grow your cognitive skills.

Recommended preparation

2.0 in Biology 220.

Class assignments and grading

3 exams, 100, 150 and 200 points, All are cumulative. Discussion section work ( 10pts/ week) summary sheets due each Monday and other small assignments


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Mary Pat Wenderoth
Date: 03/11/2014