Course Descriptions

This course is intended for Life Science majors or those with a strong background in the Biological Sciences.

This course may be used to fulfill the elective and laboratory requirements of the Biological Sciences major.


Fall, Spring




Prerequisite: 119:117 or 119:102. Pre- or Corequisite: Systems Physiology 146:356.

At the end of the registration period, the 146:357 roster will be checked to make sure that all students meet the pre/corequisite of 146:356. Any student not meeting this requirement will be immediately dropped from the roster.

Course Description

Systems Physiology Lab is designed to teach students the basics of how organ systems function. The labs are coordinated, when possible, with lecture material presented in Systems Physiology 146:356. Labs meet once a week.

Among others the learning goals of this course include:

* Educating students in the basics of research in organ systems physiology
* Increasing the student's basic laboratory skills
* Exposing students to the use of "state-of-the-art" data acquisition equipment
* Conducting experiments that demonstrate fundamental physiological principles
* Teaching students the proper techniques of scientific writing/reporting

Topics include:

* Introductory Lab Experimental Design
* Animal striated muscle function
* Animal peripheral nerve function
* Human striated muscle function
* Blood pressure in humans
* Heart function in animals
* Heart function in humans
* Blood glucose in humans
* Respiration and spirometry in humans
* Kidneys and water balance in humans

Course URL (see Sakai 01:146:357:01)


Course Satisfies Learning Goals

See 'Among others the learning goals'...under Course Description above. These and related learning goals are consistent with those set by the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, as well as the Division of Life Sciences at Rutgers University.

Exams, Assignments, and Grading Policy

Grades for this one credit laboratory course are determined by written partial and complete laboratory reports, in-class quizzes and TA evaluations.

Course Materials

To be supplied in lab (you need to bring only a lab notebook each week) 

Course Closed?

If this course is closed , please use the following link to add your name to the appropriate wait list: Wait List Sign Up for Fall 2017 Courses. If you have any questions, please contact the Division of Life Science - Office of Undergraduate Instruction at 848-445-2075 or visit our office at Nelson Labs B112, Busch Campus.


Course Director: 

Dr. Gary F. Merrill

Nelson Biological Labs B-222

phone: 848-445-2320

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** All information is subject to change at the discretion of the course coordinator.