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Welcome to Biology 48 - Human Physiology (5 units)
Lecture 3 units (3 hours); lab 2 units (6 hours)
Prerequisite: Biology 47 and Chemistry 002 or 030A or 001A.
Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

Get a Head Start | Student Services | Purchasing Course Books

Physiology is the study of the organ systems of the human body and the physiological principles involved in normal function. Emphasis is upon cellular and organ system function, integration and homeostasis, and regulatory mechanisms. The laboratory includes experiments stressing function of the body systems. Some experiments will be carried out on the students themselves.


First Class Meeting - Monday June 4th, 2018 @ 8:00AM
Please DO NOT miss the first days of class! Enrolled students who fail to attend the first days of class may be dropped to make room for students trying to add.

Note: This class includes both lecture and lab everyday Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Lecture begins at 8:00am immediately followed by lab ending at 12:45pm. Class will meet for the full scheduled lecture and lab on the first day!

Things to do to get a head start:

  1. Check that you are prepared for this course - take the Physiology Pre-Test.
  2. Read over the Syllabus (green sheet) before coming to class.
  3. Read over the Lab Safety Sheet.
  4. Print out and complete the Syllabus Quiz by the due date (Answer the questions after reading the syllabus. You must complete this before the end of the 5th or 6th class meeting).
  5. Read Lab 1 - Introduction: Homeostasis and Appendix A - Metric System in preparation for the first lab meeting. These will be provided as handouts on the first day of class, however, you can download these lab chapters in pdf format to preview (no need to print) from the downloads page.
  6. Purchase your books (see below for purchasing options) and start reading (see the syllabus for required books and reading assignments). Copies of the text and lab manual are also available at the reserve desk in the library.
  7. Learn your way around campus and the Science & Math building - see the campus map

Note: all of the above documents are available for download in pdf format from the "Downloads" page of this website.


Student Resources
As a registered student you have a host of resources on campus that are available to you, many free of charge. The following is a partial list (for a complete list please refer to the college catalogue or the Student Services section of the college web page).

Admissions and Records General Support Services Campus Facilities
Application for admission Counseling Center Bookstore
WVC Portal (registration) Health Services Library
  Financial Aid  
Academic Support Services  
CANVAS Learning Management System (LMS)
Tutorial Services  
Disability & Educational Support Program (DESP)  
Extended Opportunity Programs & Services (EOPS)  


Purchasing Course Books:
Required Books (see syllabus for additional recommended & optional books and supplies):

Silverthorn, D.U. Human Physiology: An Integrated Approach, 7th ed., Pearson, San Francisco, CA, 2016. (note: older editions and alternate texts may be acceptable, check with the instructor).

Norris, N. Biology 48: Human Physiology Procedures Manual. (note: The lab procedures manual is required for the lab and is only available from the West Valley College bookstore).

Several purchasing options are available to you.

West Valley Campus Bookstore: You can Purchase all of the books listed in the greensheet directly from the bookstore located on West Valley campus. The bookstore also provides an online service in case you do not want to go there in person (WVC bookstore). NOTE: Books are not accessible on open bookshelves in the bookstore. To purchase books at the bookstore, students must have a printed schedule of their classes – course and section numbers. Bookstore employees use the printed schedule to pull books for the students; mobile devices – phones, tablets – cannot be used. Advice for students: Print your class schedule at home, bring it with you to the bookstore. Alternately - computers and a printer should be available at a kiosk in the Campus Center for students who need to print their schedule. Best Option: order your books on-line, pick up at the bookstore – no lines! West Valley College Bookstore page on our web site:

Note: bookstore profits help fund the campus center - purchasing your books from the campus bookstore will help support the campus center.

Books for Food: Borrow a copy of the book from the Books for Food program in exchange for 10 cans of donated food. See the Books for Food website ( for a list of available books and bring your donation to the WVC Library to borrow your book.

books for food

Digital Editions: The textbook may also be purchased as a stand alone digital subscription or as an eText coupled with Mastering Biology (not used in this course). Ask about this option in the bookstore of visit the Pearson website:

Ordering online (new or used): I am aware that book prices are exorbitant. If book prices are out of your budget there may be alternatives to buying new copies. One option to save money is to order books online from discount suppliers. The down side is that it can take several days, or possibly weeks, for your books to arrive depending on the vendor, and you will need the "required books" on the first day of class. Consequently, unless you have ordered your books several weeks in advance, this option may better serve you for the purchase of the "optional books" listed in your syllabus. The following online vendors may prove to be good resources:

Other Local Bookstores: A less commonly successful but useful alternate is to search the local new and used bookstores in the area (including other campus bookstores) for the books you need. I have periodically found useful resource books at a significant discount at used bookstores.

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