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BIOL 1693: Anatomy and Physiology II

Continuing from BIOL 1593: Anatomy and Physiology I, this is the second of two comprehensive theory courses, in which students survey the anatomy and physiology of all the human body systems, with an emphasis on the relationship between a body organ's structure and its function. Students who have little formal knowledge of the human body but who wish to train for a career in health-related professions are invited to take this course.

BIOL 1695, the laboratory component of BIOL 1693, is usually offered once per year in the summertime in Kamloops BC.

Note: Please note that credit for this course does not usually count toward the requirements of the Bachelor of Health Science degree. If you need to take this course, please consult your advisor before registering.

Learning outcomes

  • Describe the structure and function of each of the following systems: endocrine; cardiovascular, including blood, the heart, and blood vessels; lymphatic; respiratory; digestive; urinary; and reproductive.
  • Discuss nutrition and metabolism.
  • Discuss fluid, electrolyte, and acid-base homeostasis.
  • Discuss development and inheritance.

Course topics

  • Module 1: The Endocrine System
  • Module 2: The Cardiovascular System: Blood
  • Module 3: The Cardiovascular System: The Heart
  • Module 4: The Cardiovascular System: Blood Vessels and Circulation
  • Module 5: The Lymphatic System, Nonspecific Resistance to Disease, and Immunity
  • Module 6: The Respiratory System
  • Module 7: The Digestive System
  • Module 8: Nutrition and Metabolism
  • Module 9: The Urinary System
  • Module 10: Fluid, Electrolyte, and Acid-Base Homeostasis
  • Module 11: The Reproductive Systems
  • Module 12: Development and Inheritance

Required text and materials

The following Open Education Resources (OER) textbook is required for this course:

  1. OpenStax College. (2021). Anatomy & physiology. Houston, TX: OpenStax College.
    Retrieved from:

Note: If you have any questions about course textbooks or other materials, email OLMaterials.

This is a companion course to BIOL 1593, therefore, there is no materials package for this course, however if students did not take BIOL 1593 and/or don’t already own the required textbook, please be aware students will need to retrieve it from the link above.


Please be aware that should your course have a final exam, you are responsible for the fee to the online proctoring service, ProctorU, or to the in-person approved Testing Centre. Please contact with any questions about this.

To successfully complete this course, you must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on the overall course and 50% or higher on the mandatory Final Exam. Students applying this course towards any TRU Health Care program may be required to obtain a minimum 60% on the course overall to meet program requirements.

Midterm 1 25%
Midterm 2 25%
Final Exam (mandatory) 50%
Total 100%
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