• This introductory survey course will cover the basic concepts of human health and medicine from a biological perspective.
  • Semester Offered: Spring
  • Credits: 3
  • Course URL: Canvas
  • Core Curriculum: NS, CCO



Course Description

This introductory survey course will cover the basic concepts of human health and medicine from a biological perspective.

Topics may include:

  • Emerging Infectious Diseases and other Human Diseases
  • Human Physiology
  • Human Genetics, Genetic Testing and Gene Therapy
  • Genetically Modified Organisms
  • Stem Cells and Cloning
  • Reproductive Biology
  • Humans and the Environment

Course Syllabi

Spring 2023 Syllabus 

Course URL


Course Satisfies SAS Core Curriculum Learning Goals

1. Contemporary Challenges: Analyze the relationship that science and technology have to a contemporary social issue.

2. Natural Sciences: Understand and apply basic principles and concepts in the physical or biological sciences.

Course Satisfies Departmental Learning Goals

1.To acquire the appropriate factual and conceptual knowledge that provides students with a foundation to further their education and career in the areas of life science or health science. Students will be able to demonstrate basic knowledge (ex. identify, define, explain…) of the concepts, practices and principles that comprise the biological sciences.

2.To develop critical thinking and problems solving skills appropriate to prepare students to evaluate, synthesize and generate knowledge that provides them with a competitive advantage to adapt to an evolving, global, and knowledge based society. Students will be able to demonstrate application of higher order thinking (ex. classify, diagnosis, evaluate, synthesize, hypothesize…). Students will develop an understanding of not only the connections within biology but also the connections between biology and other scientific disciplines. 

Exams, Assignments, and Grading Policy

The final grade is determined by class participation, assignments, and exams.

Cloncept Checks                   15%

Group Discussions                10%

Reading Quizzes                     5%

Hourly Exams (2)                    25%

Final  Exam                                15%

Final Paper                                 15%

Course Materials

Required Text:

Title: Human Biology (open source)


Course Closed?
If this course is closed,  please use the following link to add your name to the course wait list: Wait List Sign Up . If you have any questions, please contact the Division of Life Sciences-Office of Undergraduate Instruction  at 848-445-2075 or visit our office at Nelson Labs B112, Busch Campus.

Dr. Martha Haviland
Nelson Biological Laboratories A108
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** All information is subject to change at the discretion of the course coordinator.