Each course carries 4 credits unless otherwise indicated.

Freshman Year

Semester I

CAS BI107: Biology I

For students who plan to concentrate in the natural sciences or environmental science, and for premedical students. Required for biology concentrators. No prerequisite. High school biology is assumed. The evolution and diversity of life; principles of ecology; behavioral biology. Three hours lecture, three hours lab including several field studies. Carries natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS. (Credits: 4)

CAS CH101: General Chemistry 1

For science majors and minors who require a two-semester general chemistry course. Topics include: atoms and molecules; molecular connectivity, infrared spectroscopy, and mass spectrometry; stoichiometry and introduction to reactions in aqueous solutions; thermochemistry and the first law of thermodynamics; quantum aspects of light and matter; and bonding in diatomic and polyatomic molecules. Laboratory exercises include: the size of an atom, qualitative analysis, thermochemistry, and quantum aspects of light and matter. Students must register for the following four course components: lecture, discussion, pre-lab lecture and laboratory. Carries natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS. (Credits: 4)

CAS WR100: Writing Seminar

Topic-based seminar in academic reading and writing. Attention to reading and analyzing primary and secondary sources, argumentation, prose style, revision, and citation. Significant writing and individual conferences. (Credits: 4)

SAR HP150: Freshman Year Experience

This course is designed to provide an orientation to freshmen about the college experience. Expectations, guidelines and resources will be made available to aid freshmen in making informed decisions about the quality of their education while clarifying and enhancing the students' experiences with the Boston University community. Interaction with faculty advisors and peer mentors is provided. (Credits: 0)

SAR HP151: Introduction to the Health and Rehabilitation Professions

Freshmen Seminar. Exploration of the roles and functions of the health and rehabilitation disciplines. Introduction to the health care system and its impact on society. Sargent students only. (Credits: 2)

PDP activity (2 credits)

Semester II

CAS BI108: Biology II

For students planning to concentrate in the natural sciences and for premedical students. It is strongly recommended students complete CAS CH 101 (or equivalent) before this course. High school biology is assumed. Cell and molecular biology, Mendelian & molecular genetics, physiology, and neurobiology. Three hours lecture, three hours lab. Carries natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS. (Credits: 4)

CAS CH102: General Chemistry 2

For science majors and minors who require a two-semester general chemistry course. Topics include: properties of gases; solutions and solubility; equilibrium; acids, bases, and buffers; electrochemistry; spontaneity, free energy and the second law of thermodynamics; and chemical kinetics. Students must have completed CAS CH 101 prior to enrolling in CAS CH 102. Students must register for the following four course components: lecture, discussion, pre-lab lecture, and laboratory. Carries natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS. (Credits: 4)

CAS PS101: General Psychology

Basic introduction to field of psychology; topics include theories and findings governing learning, memory, perception, development, personality, social and abnormal psychology. Three hours large lecture and one hour discussion section or three hours of small lecture class with no discussion sections. Requirements vary. Students are required to participate as subjects in psychology studies. Carries social science divisional credit in CAS. (Credits: 4)

CAS WR150: Writing and Research Seminar

Topic-based seminar in academic reading, writing, and research. Continuing attention to argumentation, prose style, revision, and citation, with additional emphasis on college-level research. Significant writing and individual conferences. (Credits: 4)

Sophomore Year

Semester I

CAS BI203: Cell Biology (CM)

Principles of cellular organization and function: biological molecules, flow of genetic information, membranes and subcellular organelles, and cell regulation. Three hours lecture, one hour discussion. (Credits: 4)

CAS CH203: Organic Chemistry 1

Fundamentals of contemporary organic chemistry, including electronic structure, stereochemistry, and reactions of important functional groups. Laboratory includes extraction, distillation, and chromatography. Three hours lecture, one hour discussion, one hour prelab lecture, three-and-a-half hours lab in alternate weeks. (Credits: 4)

CAS MA121: Calculus for the Life and Social Sciences I

Students may receive credit for either CAS MA 121 or 123, but not both. Differentiation and integration of functions of one variable. Same topics as CAS MA 123, but with less emphasis on mathematical generality and more on application. Especially suitable for students concentrating in the biological and social sciences. Carries MCS divisional credit in CAS. (Credits: 4)

CAS HUXX: Humanities elective

Semester II

CAS BI315: Systems Physiology (PER/Neuro)

An introduction to physiological principles applied across all levels of organization (cell, tissue, organ system). Preparation for more advanced courses in physiology. Topics include homeostasis and neural, muscle, respiratory, cardiovascular, renal, endocrine, gastrointestinal, and metabolic physiology. Three hours lecture, three hours lab. (Credits: 4)

CAS CH204: Organic Chemistry 2

Fundamentals of contemporary chemistry, including electronic structure, stereochemistry, and reactions of important functional groups. Laboratory includes extraction, distillation, and chromatography. Three hours lecture, one hour discussion, one hour prelab lecture, three-and-a-half hours lab in alternate weeks. (Credits: 4)

CAS MA122: Calculus for the Life and Social Sciences II

Students may receive credit for not more than one of the following courses: CAS MA 122, MA 124, MA 127 or MA 129. Continuation of CAS MA 121. Review of univariate calculus, calculus of the elementary transcendental functions, elementary differential equations, elementary multivariate calculus. Applications to exponential growth, optimization, equilibrium, and dynamic modeling problems. Carries MCS divisional credit in CAS. (Credits: 4)

CASSSXXX: Social sciences elective

NOTE: For students planning to apply to medical school the department recommends taking SO100 Principles in Sociology or SO215 Sociology of Healthcare to prepare for the MCAT exam.

Junior Year

Semester I

CAS PY105: Elementary Physics 1

The CAS PY 105/106 sequence satisfies premedical requirements; presupposes knowledge of algebra and trigonometry. Principles of classical and modern physics, mechanics, conservation laws, and heat. Students must register for three sections: a lecture section, a discussion section, and a laboratory section. Carries natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS. (Credits: 4)

SAR HS251: Human Nutrition Science

This course provides an introduction to nutrition and focuses on the relationship between diet and health. Basic scientific information is presented in preparation for discussion of applied issues such as weight loss, eating disorders, prevention of chronic disease, diet and exercise and vegetarian diets. Emphasis is placed on translation of current advice to actual food choices. 4 credits, either semester (Credits: 4)

CAS SSXX: Social Science Elective

Choose one of the following:

CAS CH273: Principles of Biochemistry

Biomolecules in aqueous systems. Composition, structure, and function of proteins, nucleic acids, and polysaccharides. Information transfer from DNA to RNA and proteins. Bioenergetic principles in glycolysis, oxidative energy metabolism, and selected biosynthetic paths. Applications to medicine, nutrition, and biotechnology. Three hours lecture, one hour discussion. (Credits: 4)

CAS CH421: Biochemistry I

Introductory biochemistry. Protein structure and folding, enzyme mechanisms, kinetics, and allostery; nucleic acid structure; lipids and membrane structure; bioenergetics; vitamins and coenzymes; introduction to intermediary metabolism. Three hours lecture, one hour discussion, four hours lab. (Credits: 4)

NOTE: For students planning to apply to medical school the department recommends taking the biochemistry sequence CAS CH 421 and 422. But CAS CH 273 is acceptable. CAS CH 422 Biochemistry II may be taken as a general elective.

Semester II

CAS PY106: Elementary Physics 2

The CAS PY 105/106 sequence satisfies premedical requirements; presupposes knowledge of algebra and trigonometry. Principles of classical and modern physics; electricity and magnetism, waves, optics, light, atomic and nuclear physics. Students must register for three sections: a lecture section, discussion section, and laboratory section. Carries natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS. (Credits: 4)

SAR HS342: Exercise Physiology

Application of physiological principles under different exercise conditions. Integration of the body systems in performance of exercise, work and sports; immediate and long-range effects of these activities on the body. Laboratory includes the measurement of physiological parameters under exercise conditions. (Credits: 4)

CAS HUXX: Humanities elective

NOTE: Students must take SAR HS 342 Exercise Physiology or SAR HS 360 Muscle Biology as a graduation requirement. You are welcome to take the other course as an elective.

Choose one of the following:

CAS MA113: Elementary Statistics

MA 113 may not be taken for credit by any student who has completed any MA course numbered 300 or higher. Students may receive credit for not more than one of the following courses: CAS MA 113, MA 115, or MA 213. Basic concepts of estimation and tests of hypotheses, ideas from probability; one-, two-, and multiple-sample problems. Applications in social sciences. Primarily for students in the social sciences who require a one-semester introduction to statistics; others should consider CAS MA 115 or MA 213. Carries MCS divisional credit in CAS. (Credits: 4)

CAS PS211: Introduction to Experimental Design in Psychology

Introduction to logic and methodology of univariate statistics with relevance to psychology. Topics include descriptive statistics, data representation, statistical inference, probability and significance, correlation and regression, and non parametric analyses. Does not count toward nine principal course requirement for majors. (Credits: 4)

Senior Year

Semester I

SAR HS360: Muscle Biology in Health and Disease

An integrative approach to understanding the biology of muscle in development, exercise, injury, aging, and disease. Students will get a comprehensive overview of muscle biology and muscle disease; develop skills to review and research primary literature; and have an opportunity to develop oral research presentation skills. This class is designed for upper level undergraduates and graduate students. Fall semester only. (Credits: 4)

SAR HS369: Gross Human Anatomy

Integrative approach to the musculoskeletal, peripheral nervous, and circulatory systems of the human body. Regional approach is used to present lectures with the use of projected drawings, films, slides, and demonstrations. Weekly labs reinforce the lectures by a study of osteology, dissected cadavers, and live anatomy palpations. Either semester. (Credits: 4)

SAR HS410: Field Experience: Human Physiology

Practical experience in a research lab, clinic, community, or industrial setting, as appropriate. (Credits: Var)

CAS HUXX: Humanities elective

General electives

NOTE: HS 410 can be taken fall or spring.

NOTE: IN THE FALL semester - if registering for HS410 and HS360 - no general electives are required. If registering for HS410 but not HS360 then 4 credits of general electives are required. If registering for neither HS410 nor HS360 then eight credits of general electives are required. IN THE SPRING semester - if registering for HS410 - students register for 4 elective credits; otherwise students register for 8 elective credits.

Semester II

SAR HS370: Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology

Lecture and laboratory related to the detailed study of development, morphology, internal configuration, and functions, and pathological deficits of the peripheral and central nervous system in humans. Spring semester only. (Credits: 4)

SAR HS375: Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology

Overview of anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems during normal and pathological conditions. Pathophysiology of exercise performance in cardiovascular and respiratory diseases. Adaptations to physical conditioning in these diseases. Spring semester only. (Credits: 4)

General electives

Total Credits for Human Physiology = 128