These innovative courses were developed by:


Dr. Christine Brooks

Winner of the Smithsonian Award for innovative use of technology for teaching science




Course Objectives: The term physiology is defined as the study of bodily functions and the mechanisms that control them. This course is designed as an introduction to body functions at the cellular, tissue, organ and systems level with emphasis on the mechanisms of operation.
The e-lectures begin with an introduction to basic concepts such as chemical structures, histology, membrane transport, and diffusion principles. The cell is the focus of this section since it is the basic functional unit of the body. The modules then focus on the job of the cells (i.e., the topics of cell respiration, metabolism, and endocrine function). Next, to integrate how the nervous system acts to control function, the physiology of the central (CNS) and peripheral (PNS) nervous systems will be explored. Finally, the focus turns to how the organ systems work and integrate to maintain “normalcy” in the body by exploring the physiology of the muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, and urinary systems. A reading and study guide is attached to each e-Lecture