A course for non-science majors that surveys the functional systems of the body, the organs that compose them, and the interactions among them. Special attention is given to disease processes.
This course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of how the human body works. All major body systems are covered, including the circulatory, digestive, immune, nervous and reproductive systems. Have you ever wondered: Why do I need oxygen? What exactly is blood pressure and why is it so important? How does my body work to fight infections? This course is geared toward students with a limited scientific background that want to know more about how their bodies work.
Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States. Currently, it is estimated that about one out of three Americans will develop this disease during their life. This dreaded illness, which is caused by a breakdown in the regulation of cellular physiology, has a large impact on many dimensions of our society. Students study the nature and causes of cancer, discuss methods of treatment and prevention, and investigate the progress being made in the “war on cancer.”
The course presents the basic principles of normal nutrition, emphasizing the role of nutrients in the body’s functioning, food as a source of the nutrients, and the body’s utilization of nutrients. The processing, selection and preparation of food to meet physiological, cultural and psycho social needs throughout our life cycle are discussed. Common nutrition-related health problems in the United States are examined. Principles of diet therapy are introduced.
This course presents an introduction to the principles of human genetics. Major topics include patterns of inheritance in human families, sex determination and sex-linked traits, how DNA works, genes in human populations, and interactions of genes and the environment. An historical approach is used and most genetic principles are introduced by examples from human medical genetics. Familiar human conditions such as albinism, hemophilia, sickle-cell anemia, dwarfism, Down’s Syndrome, and color-blindness are discussed.