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Biology of Women (BIOL 1160)

Total Credits: 3
Lecture Credits: 3

Description: This course is designed to give you an opportunity to explore aspects of biology that apply specifically to women. Within the context of body image, this course examines the biological principles, concepts and vocabulary associated with the following topics: the skin; the female reproductive system; menstruation and menopause; pregnancy and fetal development; infertility; genetics and biological sex differentiation. No previous coursework in biology is required. This course fulfills the lab-like experience requirements for MnTC Goal Area 3.

Topical Outline:
1. Introduction to human biology
2. Genetics, cell division, hormones and menstruation
3. Reproductive biology
4. General health and well being

Learning Outcomes:
1. Understand the organization, structure and function of human body systems, with an emphasis on male and female reproductive systems
2. Understand the menstrual cycle, particularly the role of hormones and their influence on our fertility
3. Investigate aspects of reproduction, including conception, pregnancy, fetal development, options in birth, contraceptives and infertility
4. Learn strategies to maximize health and well-being through exploration of risk factors for ailments common to women, including, for example, heart disease, osteoporosis, and cancer

Prerequisites:  Placement into READ 1300 or completion of READ 0200 or ESOL 0052

MnTC: Goal 3: Natural Sciences