Course Descriptions

PRE-MEDICAL STUDIES CORE COURSES AND DESCRIPTIONS

BIOL 201 and 202
(Formerly S218 and 219), Anatomy and Physiology I and II


This course will examine the anatomical and physiological aspects of the various systems of humans, including integumentary, neurologic, sensory, musculoskeletal, reproductive, circulation, respiration, nutrition-digestion, excretion and endocrine. A close correlation between lecture and laboratory topics will be maintained.

BIOL-204, 204L (Formerly S213) Cellular Biology

The structure and physiological role of the various cell organelles are studied with emphasis on electron microscopy. Basic bacteriology and virology are also covered. A term paper reporting on a recent development on organelle physiology (as reported in the literature) is required.

BIOL-207, 207L (Formerly S227) Principles of Genetics

This course is an elective for students who have completed two semesters of Science-major Biology. It will consider Mendelian Genetics and the contributions of other early research on our present knowledge. Included will be crossover consequences, gene mapping, sex linkage, statistical genetics, mutation, chromosome abnormalities and human genetics.

BIOL-221, 221L, (Formerly S221) Microbiology

A study of the biology of microorganisms with emphasis on bacteria and viruses. Topics include bacteriology, virology and immunology and medical microbiology. Classical microbiological techniques will be used in conjunction with modern methods of studying microorganisms in both normal and pathological situations.
BIOL-312 and 313, (Formerly S215 and 216) Biochemistry I and II
These courses are an in-depth study of thermodynamics, energetics, and the biomolecules which are basic to the chemical reactions of living systems. The structure and function of carbohydrates, lipids, nucleic acids, and proteins are explored, with particular emphasis on enzymes and their kinetics and regulation as primary participants in metabolic reactions. The lab introduces students to techniques in protein chemistry.

BIOL-493 and 494 (Formerly S290 and 291) Preceptorships I and II

The preceptorship experience is a unique opportunity designed to enhance the student’s knowledge, technical skills and problem solving abilities within the Biomedical Science realm. These studies will be performed off campus under the supervision of biomedical professionals and other practitioners in the medical sciences, previously approved by the Pre-Medical Studies Coordinator and Preceptorship Coordinator. During the preceptorship period, students are expected to keep a log book of their experiences to be used in the execution of a final 5 to 10 page report on some aspect of the experience that most impressed them.


PRE-MEDICAL STUDIES COURSES UNIQUE TO PHILADELPHIA UNIVERSITY

BIOL 303 (Formerly S236) Histology

Histology provides students with an integrated perspective of how adaptations in physiology, biochemistry and morphology allow cellular organization into human organs and support systems. Laboratory studies will introduce students to abnormal embryology, which is the core of many aspects of disease, especially those affecting children. As well as analysis of prepared slides, students will learn to interpret and present abnormal histology/ embryology in the form of “case histories”.

BIOL 413 (Formerly S240) Pathology

Pathology represents an integrated perspective of how disease results from a series of common, underlying changes resulting from initial and continued cell stresses. Students will relate diseases processes to the symptoms and signs reported by patients and interpreted by physicians through the use of case history presentation and will acquire a variety of light microscopy techniques routinely used in hospitals for the diagnosis and monitoring of abnormal pathology.

BIOL-493 and 494 (Formerly S290 and 291) Preceptorships I and II See above for description

ADVANCED PLACEMENT

Students may receive advanced placement credit per the University transfer credit and advanced placement policy. Students entering with advanced placement credit for Biology I only MUST take both Biology I and Biology II. Students entering with high school advanced placement credits for College Studies courses should take any additional elective, but should speak to their academic advisor.