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Physiology is the study of the function of the body, its cells, organs, and systems. Most students study human Physiology in conjunction with Anatomy, and have the same goal, becoming an allied health professional, such as a paramedic, nurse, or dental hygienist. Many schools have combined Anatomy / Physiology courses but these courses are usually taught separately at SRJC. Students have successfully taken either course first, but it is strongly recommended to take Anatomy first. There are two specialized combined anatomy and physiology courses: ANAT 140 and ANAT 40. ANAT 140 is for Medical Assistant students and ANAT 40 is designed for paramedic students.

The Physiology laboratory includes computers with the BioPac ® system for gathering and analyzing data. None of the human Physiology courses include experimentation with living animals, such as frogs or mice. Instead students monitor some of their own physiological processes.

Each Physiology course is designed to prepare students for different allied health professions. Check our Anatomy & Physiology Course Descriptions to be sure you enroll in the correct course. Many students have questions about the allied health prerequisite science courses. Please read information on Allied Health Prerequisite Science Classes, including best course sequences and strategies to get into these impacted courses.

Physiology course outlines

PHYSIO 1 Human Physiology
PHYSIO 58 Introduction to Human Physiology