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Human Physiology

This collection contains the California Open Educational Resources Council (CA OER) list of peer-reviewed textbooks for Human Physiology (common course-id BIOL 120 B), one of the top 50 college courses identified for inclusion in the California Open Online Library for Education (COOLforEd).

CID Number: BIOL 120 B

General Course Description - BIOL 120 B:

Study of the physiological principles, function, integration and homeostasis of the human body at the cellular, tissue, organ, organ system and organism level: integumentary system, bone, skeletal, smooth and cardiac muscles, nervous system, sensory organs, cardiovascular system, lymphatic and immune systems, respiratory system, urinary system, digestive system, endocrine system, and reproductive system. This course is primarily intended for Nursing, Allied Health, Kinesiology, and other health-related majors.

Minimum Units: 4.0

Any rationale or comment: B= lab and lecture combined


Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None


  1. Eligible for college-level English (C-ID ENGL 100).
  2. Eligible for college-level math (C-ID MATH 110, 120, 130, 140, 150, 151 OR any other course with Intermediate Algebra as a prerequisite)
  3. Non-majors general biology course and Biology 110 and college-level chemistry.

Pedagogical Approach


Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Describe and distinguish various roles of major classes of biomolecules in living cells.
  • Describe key functional features of different types of human cells and how they communicate.
  • Identify key functions of major organ systems and the physiological mechanisms underlying their operation.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how organ systems of the body are integrated and regulated.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how homeostasis is maintained in the body.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of metabolic and physiological disorders of the major organ systems.
  • Analyze experimental data to demonstrate physiological principles.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the scientific method, experimental design, and the philosophy of science. Apply the scientific method and philosophy of science by designing components of and carrying out physiological experiments.


  • Objective and subjective examinations and lab reports.
  • Practical examinations, case studies, and clinical applications may be included.

Other Information


Course Resources

  • Anatomy and Physiology
    Anatomy and Physiology (Open (Access) Textbook)
    Anatomy and Physiology is a dynamic textbook for the yearlong Human Anatomy and Physiology course taught at most 2 and 4... More
  • Human Physiology
    Human Physiology (Open (Access) Textbook)
    This free textbook is a Wikibook, which means that the content is constantly changing. The word physiology is from the... More