Course Info: NS-0121

CourseNS-0121 Human Biology
Long TitleHuman Biology
Note(s) Satisfies Distribution
Textbook information
Meeting InfoCole Science Center 333 on M,W from 1:00-2:20
FacultyChristopher Jarvis
Distribution(s) Physical and Biological Sciences
Cumulative Skill(s)Independent Work
Quantitative Skills
Additional InfoIn this course students are generally expected to spend at least 6 to 8 hours a week of preparation and work outside of class time.

Students in this course learned about the biological function of selected human organs and systems through the study of actual medical cases. Not all human systems were covered, but students had the opportunity to gain a good understanding of how diseases affect the body and how they are diagnosed. Working in small teams, students developed diagnoses for medical cases through reviewing descriptions of patient histories, physical exams, and laboratory findings. A human biology text, medical texts in the classroom, and internet resources helped students track down the information needed to solve these medical mysteries. Students also learned to find and read scientific research articles on topics of their choosing and learned to write analytical reviews of these articles. These reviews formed the basis of final papers for which students chose particular diseases or treatments to investigate in detail and presented their findings to the class.