Bio 3058. Physiological Control Systems
Spring Semester 2019

Professor: Paul S.G. Stein

Systems physiology with emphasis on human physiology. Examination Schedule: Tests, at which attendance is required, will be given from 6:00-7:00 p.m. on the following Thursdays: February 14, March 21, and April 18. No makeup exams will be given. Therefore, do not schedule any conflict for the evenings of the exams. Prereqs: Bio 2960 and Chem 112A. Must be taken for a letter grade.


  1. Bio 3058 is designed mainly for sophomores with interests in physiology, neuroscience, biomedical engineering, and/or medicine. The first lecture in Bio 3058 will be noon-1pm on Monday, January 14, 2019 in Brown 100.
  2. Bio 3058 is a strongly recommended prerequisite for Bio 328, Human Physiology, taught by Dr. Clark. Stein suggests that sophomores who wish to take Bio 328 first enroll in Bio 3058 in spring of sophomore year and then enroll in Bio 328 in spring of junior or senior year.
  3. Bio 3058 is recommended as a prerequisite for Bio 3411, Principles of the Nervous System.
  4. Bio 3058 is required for the Neuroscience Track of the Biology major. It is not required for the other Tracks of the Biology major and it is not required for the generic Biology major. Bio 3058 will provide 2 units of upper-level Biology credit for all types of Biology majors.
  5. Bio 3058 is required for the Biomedical Engineering major.
  6. Prior credit for Bio 2960 and for Chem 112A is required for Bio 3058.
  7. There will be 3 one-hour in-term exams from 6:00pm-7:00pm on selected Thursdays: February 14, March 21, and April 18. There will be a two-hour final exam from 3:30pm-5:30pm on Friday, May 3, 2019. All exam questions will be multiple choice. All in-term exams and the final exam will be cumulative and will test material presented in all previous course lectures. 50% of the total course score will be calculated from the sum of the scores of the best two in-term exams; the score for the lowest in-term exam will be dropped. 50% of the total course score will be calculated from the score on the final exam. No makeup exams will be given. There will be 25 questions on each in-term exam and 50 questions on the final exam.
  8. There will be 9 outstanding undergraduate TAs who will hold office hours, have regularly-scheduled tutoring sessions, give review sessions, and post TA lecture notes on the course website. TA review sessions during the semester will be on Tuesdays, 6:00pm-7:00pm in McDonnell 162. The first TA review session in McDonnell 162 will be on Tuesday January 22 from 6:00pm-7:00pm; the last TA review session in McDonnell 162 will be on Tuesday April 23 from 6:00pm-7:00pm. The TAs will give a comprehensive TA review in Brown 100 from 4:30pm-6:30pm on Tuesday April 30. Stein will answer questions on a Blackboard Discussion Board and will hold question-and-answer sessions from 6:00pm-7:00pm in McDonnell 162 on the following Wednesdays: February 13, March 20, April 17, and May 1.
  9. The course will be videotaped and streaming videos of the course lectures will be posted in Blackboard.
  10. The required text for Bio 3058 is the 15th Edition of "Vander's Human Physiology: The Mechanisms of Body Function" by Widmaier, Raff, and Strang published by McGraw Hill in 2019; ISBN13: 978-1259903885. Stein's lecture and reading schedule refers to specific pages in Vander 15th Edition. During Stein's lectures, there will be specific mention of important figures from Vander 15th Edition as well as key pages from Vander 15th Edition. The pagination and figure numbers from Vander 15th Edition will be different from the pagination and figure numbers from prior editions. Therefore, do not use prior editions of Vander: only use Vander 15th Edition. Stein has no information about the pagination of international editions of Vander 15th Edition; therefore do not use international editions. The Campus Bookstore is offering a Spring Semester Rental Hardcopy of Vander 15th at reduced cost via a special promotion from the publisher.

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