Anatomy & Physiology: An Introduction is an introductory course for non-science majors. It provides a comprehensive survey of the discipline, including fundamental principles and concepts. Students will be able to identify the structures and functions of the body systems and explain how the body maintains homeostasis. Physiological processes between the exchange and use of energy in the body and how they relate to lifestyle and health are discussed. Finally, students will learn how to communicate clearly with health care professionals and make informed decisions about personal health care and lifestyle.
The textbook to accompany this course is An Introduction to Anatomy & Physiology, written by John Erickson with the support of a National Academic Advisory Team. The textbook is also well-suited for a traditional, face-to-face non-majors course. Additional information is provided under the “How to Adopt Course & Print Materials” tab below. To request access to an electronic review copy of the textbook, please contact Kendall Hunt Publishing Company.
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Lesson Titles and Descriptions
1. Introduction to Anatomy & Physiology
From the tiniest cells to the largest organ systems, the human body is a complex organism that is capable of both power and grace. When we think of a ballerina, we might conjure images of grace and fluidity. But such elegance relies upon the strength and power of the structures within the body. When we study the human body, we have to ask ourselves not only “How is it structured?” but also “Why does it work that way?” The human body’s form and function are both complementary and interrelated—they compromise in many ways. These are questions that you should ask yourself in every lesson—the relation between form and function is a central theme throughout this course.
As anatomists came to better understand the structure and function of the human body, they began to develop a common set of terminology. They developed a conventional way to view the body and divide it into portions so they could have a standard reference when observing, discussing, and drawing the human body. This common language enabled a better understanding of what the body looks like and how it functions, thus enabling medical practitioners to more effectively identify diseases, injuries, and treatments.
2. Basic Chemistry & the Cellular Level of Organization
3. Tissues & the Integumentary System
As you learned in Lesson 1, there are different levels of organization in the human body—from the cellular level to the organism level. Tissues are comprised of a collection of cells that have a common function; organs are comprised of two or more common tissues, and organ systems are comprised of organs and their accessory structures.
In Lesson 2, you studied the chemical and cellular levels of organization. In this lesson, you’ll further your study of organization and learn about the four types of tissues in the human body. At the next level of organization, we’ll study the largest organ in the human body—the skin. Finally, you’ll begin your study of an organ system—the integumentary system, which contains the skin and its accessory organs.
4. The Skeletal System
maintaining homeostasis. Healthy bones are anything but dry or brittle; they are dynamic components of our bodies that are
capable of growth, change, and repair.The skeletal system consists of bones and other connective tissues that provide support and flexibility. Bones work together with
muscles to produce controlled, yet precise movements. In this lesson, you’ll learn about bone tissue, the skeleton, and its supporting tissue. In Lesson 5, you’ll learn how skeletal muscles work with bone to provide strength, power, and grace to the human form.
5. The Muscular System
6. The Nervous System
7. The Senses
8. The Endocrine System
9. The Cardiovascular System
Throughout our lives, we are continually consuming oxygen. Our bodies need oxygen to produce adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which provides the cell the ability to do work. We take in oxygen through our lungs, but it is the cardiovascular system that delivers that oxygen to all the cells in our bodies. Each day, the heart pumps about 7,500 liters of blood through a network of blood vessels. That network of blood vessels, along with the heart and the blood itself, combine to make up the cardiovascular system.
The cardiovascular system is responsible for the transport of nutrients, hormones, gases, and wastes to and from the cells in the body. It also plays a critical role in thermal regulation. Keeping the cardiovascular system functioning well is critical to maintain good health; the lifestyle choices that we make can have a huge impact on our cardiovascular condition.
10. Blood, the Lymphatic System & Immunity
transports oxygen from the lungs to body tissues and carbon dioxide from body tissues to the lungs. Blood carries nourishment
from the digestive system and hormones from glands throughout the body. It transports disease-fighting substances to the tissues
and waste to the kidneys and lungs.The lymphatic system distributes immune cells and other factors throughout the body. It also interacts with the blood and the cardiovascular system to drain fluid from cells and tissues. The lymphatic system contains immune cells that protect the body against foreign invaders.
11. The Respiratory System
12. The Digestive System, Nutrition & Metabolism
13. The Urinary System
14. The Reproductive Systems
National Academic Advisory Team
Farah Bennani, Ph.D., Front Range Community College
Mary Teresa Brandon, M.S., New Mexico State University/Doña Ana Community College
Lee F. Famiano, M.S., Cuyahoga Community College
Kimberly D. Harding, Ph.D., Colorado Mountain College
Lucy Kaliski, M.S., Golden West College
Anita N. Naravané, M.D., St. Petersburg College
Margaret (Betsy) Ott, Ph.D., Tyler Junior College
Mitzie Sowell, Ph.D., Pensacola Junior College
Dennis Tabor, M.P.H., M.S., Cowley County Community College
Yong Tang, Ph.D., Front Range Community College
Remon Wahba, MD, Coastline Community College
Jinling Wang, Ph.D., Coastline Community College
Ronda Wimmer, O.M.D., M.S., Golden West College and California State University, Long Beach
Marcus Young Owl, Ph.D., California State University, Long Beach
Frank Baker, M.A.,Professor of Anatomy, Golden West College
Marnie Baker Blakey, M.D., M.P.H., Pediatrician
Danika Bannasch, D.V.M., Ph.D., Veterinary Geneticist, Associate Professor, University of California, Davis
Richard Boyd, Ph.D., Director, Monash Immunology and Stem Cell Laboratories, Monash University
James Bradley, Ph.D., Lecturer in the History of Medicine, The University of Melbourne
Otto Braendli, M.D., Pulmonary Physician, Zurcher Hohenklinik Wald, ZHW Sleep Lab
Ann Chidgey, Ph.D., Researcher, and Associate Professor, Monash Immunology and Stem Cell Laboratories, Monash University
David Diaz, M.D., Reproductive Surgeon, Medical Director, West Coast Fertility Centers
Sheryl M. Flynn, P.T., Ph.D., Neuroscientist & Game DeveloperJohn Furness, Ph.D., Anatomist & Cell Biologist, University of Melbourne
Adam Glatt, C.S., Sommelier
James Hicks, Ph.D., University of California, Irvine
Nathan Jeffery, Ph.D., Anatomist, Senior Lecturer, University of Liverpool
Lucy Kaliski, M.S., Golden West College
Candy McCabe, M.S.C., Ph.D., Consultant Nurse
Rob Medcalf, Ph.D., Researcher, Australian Centre for Blood Diseases, and Associate Professor, Monash University
Douglas Mest, Ph.D., Cosmetic Physician, Medical Director, Tat2begone Medical Group, Inc.
Kevin M. Middleton, Ph.D., Asst. Professor, Department of Biology, California State University, San Bernardino
Wayne Morrison, M.D., Surgeon, Department of Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery, St. Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne
Amy Neben, M.A., 5th Grade Teacher, St. John’s Lutheran School
Vinh Nguyen, M.D., Physician, Memorial Prompt Care
Milo Puhan, M.D., Epidemiologist, University of Zurich
Pekka Puska, M.D., Ph.D., Director General, National Public Health Institite, Finland
Albert “Skip” Rizzo, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Institute for Creative Technologies, University of Southern California
Daniela Rubin, Ph.D., Exercise Physiologist, Assistant Professor, California State University, Fullerton
Rodney Sinclair, M.D., Surgeon and Director of Dermatology Services, St. Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne
Rob Stewart, Conservationist/Filmmaker, Sharwater Productions
Alex Suarez, Medical Didg Inventor
Ronda Wimmer, O.M.D., M.S., Human Anatomy & Physiology, California State University, Long Beach, Golden West College
Jack Youngren, Ph.D., Associate Adjunct Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
An Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology is reader-friendly without simplifying the material - will hold students attention. Overall, it’s a great text!"
—Melody Holmes, Collin County Community College
How to Adopt Course & Print Materials
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An Introduction to Anatomy & Physiology
Kendall Hunt Publishing Company
There are two ISBNs associated with this course.
1. Textbook (Printed): 978-0-7575-6016-3
2. Textbook (Electronic Delivery): 978-1-4652-1040-1
Online Course Access Code Sold Separately: ISBN TBD
Note: The textbook is well-suited for a traditional, face-to-face non-majors course.
If you are interested in licensing just the videos as a resource for your own online, hybrid, or traditional course, please contact our office. In areas where connectivity is a challenge, DVDs are a perfect solution. All of the video lessons are available in a professionally produced set of DVDs and are available directly from Coast Learning Systems. Please contact our office for DVD options and pricing, (800) 547-4748.