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PHSL 3051 - Human Physiology

PHSL 3051 - Human Physiology

Fall and Spring Semester

Meeting Days: M – W – F
Prereq: BIOL 1009 or equiv, CHEM 1061 or 1 yr college level chemistry
Info: 4 cr; A-F only
Instructor(s): Course Director, Lisa Anderson, Susan Keirstead, Vincent Barnett

Human Physiology is a 4 credit class designed for science majors and pre-allied health sciences majors. This course covers basic science principles of cell transport, cell signaling and major organ systems (nerve, muscle, circulation, respiration, endocrine, renal, gastrointestinal, energy metabolism). Preparation in basic chemistry (two semesters) and biology (one semester) is strongly recommended. Three lecture sessions and one two-hour lab per week. 

NOTE: Students who need physiology but do not require a lab may be interested in PHSL 3050 Physiology Cells to Systems. This course has a majority of the same learning outcomes but has no lab component. Phsl 3050 is offered summer semester.

Important: For registration information, contact IBP Department Office at 612-301-1543.

PHSL 3061 / 5061 - Principles of Physiology

PHSL 3061 / 5061 - Principles of Physiology

Fall Semester

Meeting times: M – W - Th – F, 10:10am - 11:00am
Prereq: 1 yr college chem and physics and math through integral calculus
Info: 4 cr; A-F only
Instructor(s): Emilyn Alejandro, Lisa Anderson, Vincent Barnett, Stephen Katz, Tim O'Connell, Dalay Olson, Hai-Bin Ruan, DeWayne Townsend, Steven Wu (Course Director), Kathy Zahs

Human physiology with emphasis on quantitative aspects. Organ systems (circulation, respiration, gastrointestinal, renal, endocrine, muscle, peripheral and central nervous systems), cellular transport processes, and scaling in biology.

Sample Syllabus

Enrolled students: Log into the class Canvas site.

PHSL 3062W - Research Paper for Physiology Majors

PHSL 3062W - Research Paper for Physiology Majors

Fall Semester

Meeting times: Tu, 10:10am - 11:00am
Prereq: Concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in Phsl 3061- instr consent, 1 yr college chem, physics, math through integral calculus
Info: 1 cr; A-F only
Instructor: Course Director, Vincent Barnett

Students will: 1) select a topic in physiological research, 2) read and analyze recent research papers in their topic area a) examine the hypotheses, methods results and discussion sections of the research papers 3) Organize the information and prepare a term paper on their topic using information extracted from the research works. All students work with a faculty reader who provides advice and analysis as the term paper is constructed. The class meets for the first 5-6 of the semester before switching to an independent study format.

PHSL 3701 - Physiology Lab

PHSL 3701 - Physiology Lab

Fall Semester

Meeting times: M – Tu – F(optional), 1:25pm - 4:25pm
Prereq: Phsl 3061
Info: 2 cr; equivalent to PHSL 3051; A-F only
Instructor(s): Course Director, Paul Iaizzo

Experiments in physiology. Emphasizes quantitative aspects, including analysis of organ systems. 

PHSL 3095 - Problems in Physiology

PHSL 3095 - Problems in Physiology

Fall and Spring Semester

Prereq: Physiology, instr consent
Info: 1-5 cr
Instructor(s): Course Director, Vincent Barnett

Directed Study - Individualized study in physiology. Students address a selected problem in physiology through library or lab research, supervised by physiology faculty. The instructor listed is the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Physiology (DUS). The DUS can help you set up your research experience, but your research mentor can be drawn from the breadth of U of M faculty doing physiology based research.

PHSL 4021 - Advanced Physiology and Bioengineering: Bionic Human

PHSL 4021 - Advanced Physiology and Bioengineering: Bionic Human

Spring Semester

Meeting times: Tu, Th 1:25pm - 2:15pm
Prereq: PHSL 3061 or 5061 or PHSL 3051
Info: 3 cr; A-F only
Instructor: Susan Keirstead, Ph.D.

Is "Iron Man" technology just around the corner? This course will examine how, and if, biomedical devices can address the needs of humans suffering from various pathologies and/or disabilities, or enhance human performance. Advanced discussion of the physiology of organs/organ systems and relevant devices past, present, and future. Emphasis will be on an in-depth understanding of normal physiology including cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, liver, motor, sensory, and pancreatic physiology. Classes will involve review of the physiology of organ systems, design considerations for medical devices, and discussions of published papers about basic science and clinical trials. Classes will be a combination of content presentation and discussion.

PHSL 4031 - Physiological Discussions: Contemporary Topic

PHSL 4031 - Physiological Discussions: Contemporary Topic

Spring Semester

Meeting times: Th
Prereq: PHSL 3061/5061 or instr consent
Info: 2 cr; A-F 
Instructor(s): Course Director, Vincent Barnett

PHSL 4095H - Honors Problems in Physiology

PHSL 4095H - Honors Problems in Physiology

Fall, Spring, Summer Semesters

Meeting times:
Location:
Prereq: Physiology honors candidate, PHSL 3061 or approval of UGS director
Info: 3 cr; A-F or audit
Instructor(s): Vincent Barnett, Ph.D.

PHSL 4095 can be either a library project course, or a laboratory project course. The laboratory course option is offered when appropriate laboratory experiences are available. The course offers the student an opportunity to choose, with the help of the Physiology advisor, a topic of interest and an appropriate faculty mentor for the course. For summa cum laude honors in particular the same faculty mentor should serve for both semesters, and the second semester project should be an extension of work done in the first semester. Students interested in taking PHSL 4095 should discuss their intentions with a Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology faculty member and/or a Physiology advisor.

The student will present for a course grade, at the end of each semester, a paper describing the project. Specifics of the course paper will be arranged with the faculty mentor for the course, but the paper must be written in sound scientific style and demonstrate acquired knowledge and insight into the research. The guidelines for the PHSL 3062W paper are a good starting point.

PHSL 4700 / 5700 - Cell Physiology

PHSL 4700 / 5700 - Cell Physiology

Fall Semester

Meeting times: M - W - F, 10:40am - 11:30am
Location: St. Paul Campus
Prereq: PHSL 3051 or 3061 or BIOL 3211, CHEM 1022 or equiv, MATH 1272 or equiv
Info: 3 cr; A-F
Instructor(s): Course Director, Scott O'Grady, Ph.D.

Critical cell functions. Regulation of pH, volume, intracellular electrolyte composition, calcium signaling, membrane potential dynamics, motility, aspects of intercellular communication.

PHSL 4900 - Advanced Physiology Teaching Laboratory

PHSL 4900 - Advanced Physiology Teaching Laboratory

Fall and Spring Semesters

Prereq: PHSL 3051 or 3061 or 3071, instr consent
Info: 1-6 cr; A-F 
Instructor(s): Course Director, Lisa Anderson, Ph.D.

Teaching in undergrad physiology labs. Instructional sessions, hands-on teaching experiences.

PHSL 5094 - Research in Physiology

PHSL 5094 - Research in Physiology

Fall, Spring, Summer Semesters

Prereq: Physiology Graduate student, instr consent
Info: 1-5 cr; A-F 
Instructor(s): Stephen Katz, Ph.D.

This class is primarily for Integrative Biology and Physiology graduate students. The class can be used for independent lab research projects in physiology which are supervised by individual physiology faculty. PhD candidates can use this class for their lab rotations.

PHSL 5096 - Integrative Biology and Physiology Research Advances

PHSL 5096 - Integrative Biology and Physiology Research Advances

Fall, Spring Semesters

Meeting times:
Location:
Prereq: Physiology graduate student, instr consent
Info: 1 cr; A-F
Instructor(s): Alessandro Bartolomucci, Ph.D.

This class is primarily for Integrative Biology and Physiology graduate students. The class can be used for independent study that is supervised by a faculty member. PhD candidates can use this class as part of their individualized study in physiology or for attending and participating in a weekly departmental seminar series. Students can also address selected problems through library or other research avenues under the supervision of a faculty member.

PHSL 5101 (InMd 6814) - Human Physiology

PHSL 5101 (InMd 6814) - Human Physiology

Spring Semester

Prereq: graduate student
Info: 5 cr; A-F 
Instructor(s): Course Director, Stephen Katz

This 15-week course for medical (6101), physical therapy and graduate students (5101) presents concepts in cardiovascular, respiratory, muscle, gastrointestinal and renal physiology. Our goal is to help students learn fundamental concepts related to those organ systems and prepare them for more advanced courses they will take in future years.

See sample schedule

PHSL 5115 - Clinical Physiology I

PHSL 5115 - Clinical Physiology I

Fall Semester

Meeting times: Fridays, 12:30pm - 3:30pm
Prereq: PHSL 3051 or 3061 or instr consent
Info: 3 cr; A-F or audit
Instructor(s): Course Director, Lisa Anderson Ph.D.

Cellular mechanisms, disease states and clinical applications of excitable tissues: cellular transport, neurophysiology, skeletal muscle physiology, cardiovascular physiology.

This course was originally designed for advanced practice nursing students in anesthesia (SNRA). This course has now been opened up to academically strong undergraduate students, particularly those majoring in physiology and interested in allied health careers. The SRNAs will have lots of clinical experience whereas the undergraduate physiology majors may have more basic science and research experience. It is my hope that these two student groups will learn from each other and that the learning of the entire class will be enriched.

PHSL 5116 - Clinical Physiology II

PHSL 5116 - Clinical Physiology II

Spring Semester

Meeting times: Fridays, 9:05am - 12:05pm
Prereq: PHSL 5115 or instr consent
Info: 3 cr; A-F or audit
Instructor(s): Course Director, Lisa Anderson, Ph.D.

Cellular mechanisms, disease states and clinical applications of metabolic systems: respiratory physiology, renal physiology, acid base physiology, metabolism, gastrointestinal physiology, endocrine physiology, physiology of pregnancy and labor.

This course was originally designed for advanced practice nursing students in anesthesia (SNRA). This course has now been opened up to academically strong undergraduate students, particularly those majoring in physiology and interested in allied health careers. The SRNAs will have lots of clinical experience whereas the undergraduate physiology majors may have more basic science and research experience. It is my hope that these two student groups will learn from each other and that the learning of the entire class will be enriched.

PHSL 5197 - Stress Physiology

PHSL 5197 - Stress Physiology

Spring Semester

Meeting Days: Th
Prereq: Grad student status or physiology undergraduate who has taken PHSL 3061, Instr consent
Info: 1 cr; A-F only
Instructor(s): Course Director, Alessandro Bartolomucci, William Engeland

This class uses a journal club format that meets once per week to examine stress physiology. There will be a focus on cardiovascular, metabolic, and neurobiology related issues in stress.

PHSL 5444 (BioC/BMEn) - Muscle

PHSL 5444 (BioC/BMEn) - Muscle

Spring Semester

Meeting times: Tu Th, 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Prereq: PHSL 3051 or 3071 or BioC 3021 or BioC 4331
Info: 3 cr; A-F
Instructor(s): Course Director, David D. Thomas, Biochemistry

An introduction to the physiology, biochemistry, biophysics, and pathobiology of muscle. Lectures and reading assignments will be designed to provide the student with an understanding of current knowledge and models of muscle structure and function. Emphasis will be placed on interdisciplinary research that has contributed to our understanding of muscle function and malfunction at the molecular level. The principles will be illustrated by selected clinical applications, in order to understand muscle disease at the molecular level. Several laboratory demonstration sessions will serve to illustrate principles of muscle research. Primary emphasis will be placed on skeletal muscle, but smooth and cardiac muscle will also be discussed. Source material will be taken primarily from textbooks and review articles, with selected examples from the primary research literature. A term paper allows the student to focus on a particular area of interest. The course is designed for graduate students or advanced undergraduates, with a background in biochemistry and/or physiology. Typical classes include students from Biochemistry, Physiology, Neuroscience, Biomedical Engineering, Kinesiology, Pharmacology, Chemistry, and Biophysical Sciences, as well as extension students from Medtronic and other companies. Contact the course director if you have questions about the course.

Course website

PHSL 5510 - Advanced Cardiac Phsiology and Anatomy

PHSL 5510 - Advanced Cardiac Phsiology and Anatomy

Spring Semester

Meeting Days: Mon through Fri - see sample schedule from 2013
Location and times: Mayo Auditorium
Prereq: Instr consent
Info: 2-3 cr; A-F only
Instructor(s): Course Director, Paul Iaizzo, Ph.D.

1) Provide an overview of the physiology and anatomy underlying cardiac function 2) Provide details on cardiac microcirculation, cellular function and oxygen delivery 3) Provide students with an understanding of cardio-pathophysiology and current clinical treatments 4) Allow students to perform dissection within the Human Gross Anatomy Lab 5) Provide students with various demonstrations on monitoring cardiac function.

Course website

PHSL 5525 - Anatomy and Physiology of the Pelvis and Urinary System

PHSL 5525 - Anatomy and Physiology of the Pelvis and Urinary System

Spring Semester

Meeting Days: Wed through Friday
Prereq: At least 1 Anatomy and 1 Physiology course, Instr consent
Info: 1-2 cr; A-F only
Instructor(s): Course Directors, Stephen Katz and Mark Cook

This is a short course focused on the anatomy and physiology of the pelvis, perineum, and urinary system. It has a strong anatomical bias with the pelvis and perineum, but will delve more deeply into the physiology of the urinary system. Some time will be spent considering common pelvic dysfunction (including incontinence, prolapsed and erectile dysfunction), urological pathophysiology and renal physiology. Each afternoon is spent in the U of MN human cadaver lab.

Course website

PHSL 6051 - Systems Physiology

PHSL 6051 - Systems Physiology

Spring Semester

Meeting Days: M – W – F, Lecture, Th, lab
Prereq: Neuroscience, biochemistry, human anatomy recommended
Info: 4 cr; A-F only, primarily for first year dental students - others by instr consent
Instructor(s): Course Director, Stephen Katz

To understand both qualitative and quantitative approaches to the physiology of the organ systems through lectures and demonstrations. Topics include cellular, endocrine, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, energy metabolism, and renal physiology. The topics emphasize homeostasis, basic principles, and regulatory aspects of physiological processes using molecular mechanisms rather than descriptions of facts. The primary objective is to integrate the subject material at the molecular, cellular, organ, and whole organism level. Another major objective is to learn enough Physiology to at least pass the Dental Physiology/Biochemistry Part 1 National Board Exam. Students scoring at the C+ level or beyond in this course typically pass the Physiology section of the Board exam. A final objective is to familiarize first year Dental students with enough basic core Physiology so that they have an excellent idea of how the whole body functions.

See sample course schedule

PHSL 8216 - Selected Topics in Autonomic and Neuroendocrine Regulation

PHSL 8216 - Selected Topics in Autonomic and Neuroendocrine Regulation

Fall and Spring Semesters

Prereq: instr consent
Info: 1 cr; S-N 
Instructor(s): Course Director, William Engeland

Student may contact the instructor or department for information

PHSL 8222 - Central Regulation of Autonomic Function

PHSL 8222 - Central Regulation of Autonomic Function

Fall Semester

Prereq: NSC 5561 or instr consent
Info: 3 cr; A-F 
Instructor(s): William Engeland, John Osborn

Students may contact instructor or department for information.

PHSL 8232 - Critical Reading of Journal Articles in Physiology

PHSL 8232 - Critical Reading of Journal Articles in Physiology

Fall and Spring Semester

Meeting Days: M – W – F
Prereq: Instr Consent
Info: 2 cr; A-F only
Instructor(s): DeWayne Townsend

This course is primarily for graduate students in the Integrative Biology and Physiology graduate program concurrently registered for PHSL 5101. Others wishing to register should contact the course director.

PHSL 8242 - Professional Skills Development for Biomedical Scientists

PHSL 8242 - Professional Skills Development for Biomedical Scientists

Every Other Spring Semester

Meeting Days: Tu (10 sessions)
Prereq: Instr consent
Info: 1 cr; A-F only
Instructor(s): Joseph Metzger

Students will gain knowledge of the NIH grant funding mechanism and on strategies and mechanics to writing a winning grant. Students will evaluate NIH funded research projects, develop and write their own grant, and perform peer review critiques of their submitted grants. This course features professional skills development, including critical evaluation of the scientific literature, oral presentations, development of research project specific aims, grant writing, and peer-review of grants through student lead study sections.

PHSL 8294 - Research in Physiology

PHSL 8294 - Research in Physiology

Fall and Spring and Summer Semester

Prereq: IBP grad student
Info: 1-18 cr; A-F only
Instructor(s): Independent study

This course is used when IBP grad students are doing research lab rotations.

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