Undergraduate Courses

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Course Descriptions

IPHY-1950 (3) Introduction to Scientific Writing in Integrative Physiology
Provides an overview of writing skills and strategies, emphasizing those most important to the sciences, especially physiology. Focuses on fundamental skills, objective analysis, and scientific persuasion, with attention to clear organization and style, academic and scientific mechanics, and distinctions between audiences. Meets MAPS requirement for English. Approved for arts and sciences core curriculum: written communication. Prerequisites: Restricted to students with 0-86 credits (Freshmen, Sophomore or Juniors) only.

IPHY-2010 (1-3) Seminar in Integrative Physiology
Introduces a small group of lower-division students to current research topics in integrative physiology. Emphasizes relevant applications to real-world situations. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours when topics vary.

IPHY-2420 (3) Nutrition for Health and Performance
Focuses on the basic anatomy, physiology, and chemistry of nutrition. Topics include weight management, the role of diet and lifestyle in disease prevention, specific nutrient deficiencies and toxicities, nutrition standards and guidelines, sports nutrition recommendations, agricultural practices, and food policy issues. IPHY juniors or seniors are excluded from taking this course. Credit not granted for both IPHY 2420 and 3420. Approved for arts and sciences core curriculum: natural science. Prerequisites: Restricted to non-IPHY majors or IPHY freshmen/sophomores only.

IPHY-2500 (1) Perspectives in Health and Medicine
Designed to increase awareness of issues that surround international and U.S. health care. Provides broad overview of topics relevant to 21st century medical practice. Includes guest lectures by faculty and practitioners from Denver Metro region, followed by opportunities to integrate new concepts using small group discussion and writing. Topics change each semester and may include: global development and health; socio-cultural issues in health care; health disparities; applied bioethics; health care system reform; narrative medicine. Restricted to sophomores/juniors/seniors. Pass/Fail grading only.

IPHY-2800 (4) Introduction to Statistics
Examines the application of statistics to research relevant to integrative physiology. Includes instruction and hands-on experience with related computer programs and interpretation of the results of their use. Prereq., MATH 1300 or equivalent. Prerequisites: Restricted to Integrative Physiology majors only.

IPHY-2910 (1-3) Practicum in Integrative Physiology
Offers practical experience in organized situations with direct supervision. Restricted to IPHY majors. May be repeated up to 3 total credit hours. Prereq., instructor consent. Prerequisites: Restricted to Kinesiology (KINE), Integrative Physiology (IPHY), or Integrative Physiology Concurrent Degree (C-IPHY) majors only.

IPHY-3010 (1-2) Teaching in Integrative Physiology
Provides an opportunity to assist in teaching specific laboratory sections in IPHY under direct faculty supervision. Students must make arrangements with the faculty member responsible for the course in which they plan to assist. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Prereq., junior standing and instructor consent. Prerequisites: Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Juniors or Seniors).

IPHY-3060 (4) Cell Physiology
Lect. and lab. Introduces the biology of eukaryotic systems at molecular, cellular, and systems levels of integration, emphasizing the complementarities of structure and function and physiological mechanisms of regulation at the cellular and molecular level. Prereqs., MCDB 1150, 1151, 2150 and 2151, or EBIO 1210, 1220, 1230 and 1240, IPHY 3430 (non-majors only), or IPHY 3470 (IPHY majors only). Restricted to students with 27-180 credits (Sophomore, Junior or Senior) only. Prerequisites: Restricted to students with 27-180 credits (Sophomore, Junior or Senior) only.

IPHY-3410 (3) Introduction to Human Anatomy
Introduces the basics of human anatomy. Prereqs., MCDB 1150, 1151, 2150 and 2151, or EBIO 1210, 1220, 1230 and 1240.

IPHY-3415 (2) Human Anatomy Laboratory
Introduces structures of the human anatomical systems using human cadavers and animal tissue. This laboratory is meant to complement IPHY 3410, Introduction to Human Anatomy lecture. Prereqs., MCDB 1150, 1151, 2150 and 2151, or EBIO 1210, 1220, 1230 and 1240; IPHY 3410 (or as coreq.).

IPHY-3430 (3) Introduction to Human Physiology
Introduces the physiology of the nervous, muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, immune, endocrine, digestive and reproductive systems. Restricted to non-Integrative Physiology majors only. Prereqs., EBIO 1210 and 1220; CHEM 1133 and 1134. Recommended prereqs., IPHY 3410 and 3415 or IPHY 3460. Prerequisites: Restricted to non-Integrative Physiology majors only.

IPHY-3435 (2) Physiology Lab
Introduces laboratory experience in selected aspects of human and comparative physiology for students in pharmacy and allied health programs. Involves animals and animal tissues. Prereqs: one year of biology; one year of chemistry; IPHY 2800 (or equivalent), IPHY 3410 and 3415 or IPHY 3460; IPHY 3470 (majors) or IPHY 3430 (non-majors). Recommended coreq for majors only: IPHY 3450 or 3480.

IPHY-3440 (3) Clinical Nutrition
This class will explore the concepts of clinical nutrition, from a health care provider perspective. It will examine how and why diseases develop and what nutritional therapy and intervention is appropriate for disease resolution. Prereq., IPHY 2420. Prerequisites: Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Junior or Senior) Integrative Physiology (IPHY) or Integrative Physiology Concurrent Degree majors only.

IPHY-3450 (3) Comparative Animal Physiology
Introduces principles of animal physiology and responses to environmental change. Involves animals and/or animal tissues. Prereqs., MCDB 1150, 1151, 2150 and 2151, or EBIO 1210, 1220, 1230 and 1240.

IPHY-3460 (5) Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
Introduces major components of the vertebrate body and how they are organized into a whole organism, emphasizing function, evolution, and diversity of these basic features. Laboratories involve dissection of representative groups and demonstrations. Involves animals and/or animal tissues. Prereqs., MCDB 1150, 1151, 2150 and 2151, or EBIO 1210, 1220, 1230 and 1240.

IPHY-3470 (3) Human Physiology 1
Focuses on scientific thinking, cell physiology, neurophysiology, endocrinology, immunology, and musculoskeletal physiology. The first semester of a two-semester sequence for IPHY majors. Prereqs., one year of general biology; one year of general chemistry. Prerequisites: Requires pre-requisite courses of IPHY 3410 and IPHY 3415 or IPHY 3460. Restricted to Integrative Physiology majors only.

IPHY-3480 (3) Human Physiology 2
Focuses on the physiology of the respiratory, cardiovascular, urinary, digestive, and reproductive systems. The second semester of a two-semester sequence for IPHY majors. Prereqs., one year of general biology, one year of general chemistry, IPHY 3410 and 3415 or IPHY 3460; 3470. Recommended coreq., IPHY 3435. Prerequisites: Restricted to Integrative Physiology majors only.

IPHY-3500 (2) Applied Clinical Research
Introduces fundamental concepts of clinical research to those interested in pursing a career in medicine or medical research. In addition to lectures introducing students to research design, errors in research, and basic biostatistics, there will be significant emphasis on participation in on-going medical research at Denver Health Medical Center and The Children's Hospital. This unique experience will provide students with first-hand exposure to all aspects of clinical research. Prereqs., MCDB 1150 and 2150, or EBIO 1210 and 1220, and CHEM 3311. Recommended prereq., premedical focus and/or previous research experience.

IPHY-3660 (3) Dynamics of Motor Learning
Focuses on information processing approaches and dynamical systems theory as explanations for human motor learning and the coordination of movement. Various topics are discussed from both perspectives including practice organization, attainment of elite performance, and the production of novel movements. Approved for arts and sciences core curriculum: natural sciences.

IPHY-3700 (3) Scientific Writing in Integrative Physiology
Takes a process-based approach to writing. Assignments and classroom experiences emphasize critical thinking, using scientific evidence and reasoning to construct original arguments, and applying conventions and problem-solving skills to craft successful documents. Prereq., IPHY 2800. Approved for arts and sciences core curriculum: written communication. Prerequisites: Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Junior or Senior) Integrative Physiology (IPHY) or Integrative Physiology Concurrent Degree majors only.

IPHY-3800 (3) Forensic Biology
Introduces basic concepts of modern forensic science with emphasis on biological aspects such as forensic entomology, forensic botany, hair analysis, forensic anthropology, and forensic DNA analysis. Prereqs., MCDB 1150, 1151, 2150 and 2151, or EBIO 1210, 1220, 1230 and 1240; CHEM 1133 and 1134.

IPHY-3810 (1) Forensic Biology Laboratory
Introduces basic laboratory techniques and procedures of modern forensic science with emphasis on biological aspects such as forensic entomology, forensic botany, hair analysis, forensic anthropology, and forensic DNA analysis. Prereqs., MCDB 1150, 1151, 2150 and 2151, or EBIO 1210, 1220, 1230 and 1240; CHEM 1133 and 1134. Coreq., IPHY 3800.

IPHY-4010 (1-3) Seminar in Integrative Physiology
Introduces a small group of students to current research topics in integrative physiology, evaluation of current research, and discussion of critical issues. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hourswhen topics vary. Prereq., IPHY 2800. Prerequisites: Restricted to students with 27-180 credits (Sophomore, Junior or Senior) only.

IPHY-4200 (3) Physiological Genetics and Genomics
Covers fundamental concepts in molecular genetics and genomics and their applications towards understanding genetic aspects of physiology and pathophysiology. Topics include structure and function of nucleic acids, pedigree analysis, genetic and genomic research tools, regulation of gene expression, gene mapping, pharmacogenetics, gene therapy, comparative and evolutionary genomics, animal models and ethical issues in modern genomics. Same as IPHY 5200. Prerequisites: Restricted to students with 27-180 credits (Sophomore, Junior or Senior) only.

IPHY-4440 (4) Endocrinology
Introduces mammalian endocrine system. Course provides a thorough analysis of chemical communication by hormones and related bioregulators with emphasis on the major endrocrine systems such as the thyroid, gonad, pituitary and the brain. Restricted to Integrative Physiology majors only. Prereq., IPHY 3470. Same as IPHY 5440. Prerequisites: Restricted to Integrative Physiology majors only.

IPHY-4470 (3) Biology of Human Reproduction
Anatomy and physiology of human reproduction, including gender determination, embryology, puberty, menstrual cycle, pregnancy, lactation, menopause, sexual behavior, sexual abnormalities and contraception. Open to nonmajors. Prereqs., MCDB 1150, 1151, 2150 and 2151, or EBIO 1210, 1220, 1230 and 1240.

IPHY-4480 (3) Comparative Reproduction
Focuses on comparative anatomy and physiology of reproductive system and the evolution of reproductive behavior in vertebrates and invertebrates. Topics include courtship, mating, fertilization, estrous and menstrual cycles, and environmental control of seasonal reproduction. Prereqs., MCDB 1150, 1151, 2150 and 2151, or EBIO 1210, 1220, 1230 and 1240. Recommended prereq., IPHY 3430 (non-majors only), 3450 or 3480 (IPHY majors only).

IPHY-4540 (5) Biomechanics
Applies the principles of physics and physiology to the analysis of human movement. Quantitative analysis of the forces, torques, mechanical energy, power impulses and momentum associated with human movement. Mechanical properties of muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bones. Restricted to Integrative Physiology majors only. Prereqs., MATH 1300 or 1310 or APPM 1350; PHYS 2010; IPHY 2800, 3410 or 3460; IPHY 3470. Prerequisites: Restricted to Integrative Physiology majors only.

IPHY-4580 (3) Sleep Physiology
Describes the physiology and neurobiology of sleep and impact of sleep, sleep deprivation, and sleep disorders on immune, endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, and neural systems, as well as examines changes in sleep across the life span. The integrative nature of sleep and circadian rhythms in normal physiologcial and cognitive function and their importance in health and disease processes will be emphasized. IPHY 4580 and 5580 are identical courses. Prereqs. for IPHY 4850: one year of biology, one year of chemistry, IPHY 2800 (or equivalent) and IPHY 3470. IPHY 5580 is restricted to graduate students only.

IPHY-4600 (3) Immunology
Studies the immune system, a multi-cellular system that functions to protect us from disease. Introduces concepts associated with the development and function of individual cells of the immune system (T-cells, B-cells, neutrophils, dendritic cells, macrophages), as well as their integrative roles in physiology and host defense. Prereqs., one year of biology, one year of chemistry, IPHY 3470. Recommended prereq., IPHY 3060. Same as IPHY 5600. Prerequisites: Restricted to students with 27-180 credits (Sophomores, Juniors or Seniors) Integrative Physiology (IPHY) or Integrative Physiology Concurrent Degree majors only.

IPHY-4650 (5) Exercise Physiology
Examines physiological and biochemical adjustments that occur in the body with acute and chronic exercise. Topics center on physiological mechanisms pertaining to metabolic, cardiovascular, and hormonal alterations, the role of exercise in health and disease, soreness and fatigue, immune function, as well as exercise during varied environmental conditions. Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Junior or Senior) Integrative Physiology (IPHY)or Integrative Physiology Concurrent Degree majors only. Prereqs., IPHY 2800; IPHY 3470; IPHY 3450 or 3480. Prereq. or coreq., IPHY 3410 or 3460. Prerequisites: Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Junior or Senior) Integrative Physiology (IPHY) or Integrative Physiology Concurrent Degree majors only.

IPHY-4660 (3) Critical Thinking in Integrative Physiology
Covers specific integrative physiology topics in areas such as animal physiology, endothelial function, neurobiology, exercise immunology, and exercise physiology. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Prereq., 13-hours of IPHY coursework. Prerequisites: Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Junior or Senior) Integrative Physiology (IPHY) or Integrative Physiology Concurrent Degree majors only.

IPHY-4680 (3) Critical Thinking in Exercise Physiology
Covers specific exercise physiology topics such as cellular cause of fatigue and muscle soreness, heart disease, regulation of blood flow, diabetes, aging, training adaptations, exercise at high altitude, ergogenic aids, and excitation-contraction of muscle. Prereq., IPHY 4650. Prerequisites: Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Junior or Senior) Integrative Physiology (IPHY) or Integrative Physiology Concurrent Degree majors only.

IPHY-4720 (4) Neurophysiology
Explores the function of the nervous system, including how the properties of neurons influence nervous system activity, how the nervous system controls the activity of muscles and how the sensory effects of muscle activity influence the function of the nervous system. Prereqs., one year of biology, one year of chemistry, IPHY 2800 (or equivalent), IPHY 3410 or 3460; IPHY 3470. Prerequisites: Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Junior or Senior) Integrative Physiology (IPHY) or Integrative Physiology Concurrent Degree majors only.

IPHY-4740 (3) Theory of Motor Skill Learning
Offers a critical analysis of motor learning theories, including Adam's closed loop theory, Schmidt's schema theory, and the influence of contextual interference on learning and performance. Also covers feedback and practice organization. Projects and presentations required. Prereq., junior standing. Same as IPHY 5740. Prerequisites: Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Juniors or Seniors).

IPHY-4860 (1-6) Independent Study: Undergraduate
Students may register for more than one section per term. May be repeated up to 8 total credit hours.

IPHY-4870 (1-3) Honors Thesis
Prereq., IPHY 2800 and 3700.

IPHY-4930 (1-6) Internship
Provides an opportunity for field/laboratory work in a variety of different settings. Prereq., junior or senior status and completion of at least two of the major core classes. Consult with faculty for approval. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Prerequisites: Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Juniors or Seniors).