SCB 103 – Human Biology in Health and Disease

Course Content

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Lab Handouts, Manuals and Safety

SCB 103 Lab Manuals

Labs 1 to 4 and Lab 6 are done with the virtual Labster Lab on Blackboard. Instructions to login to your Blackboard via CUNYFirst.

  1. Lab 1 “Atomic Structure (Principles): Atom and Isotopes” (Labster lab on Blackboard)
  2. Lab 2 “Your Diet and Your DNA” (Labster lab on Blackboard)
  3. Lab 3 “Cell Structure: Cell theory and internal organelles” (Labster lab on Blackboard)
  4. Lab 4 “Mitosis: using a toxic compound from the yew tree in cancer therapy” (Labster lab on Blackboard)
  5. Lab 5 Genetics
  6. Lab 6 “Antibodies: Why are some blood types incompatible?” (Labster lab on Blackboard)
  7. Lab 7 Cardiovascular and Respiratory System
  8. Lab 8 Digestive System
  9. Lab 9 Nervous System and Neurodegenerative disease
  10. Lab 10 Immune System, Infectious disease, and HIV
  11. Lab 11 Reproductive System, Pregnancy, and Human development
  12. Lab 12 Birth Control and Sexually transmitted Diseases

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Homework and Assignments

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Free E-Textbook 


Biology 2e is optional. The textbook is free to read online and download (PDF, Kindle). (Book URL: https://openstax.org/details/books/biology-2e)

Clark, M.A., Douglas, M., & Choi, J.  (2018) (2019). Biology 2e. Houston, Texas: OpenStax. Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0

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Kotoe Yamazaki painting
Yamazaki, Kotoe, Untitled.© (n.d.). LaGuardia Community College. Photo by Dina Pizzarello.©2020


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SCB 103 Syllabus

SCB 103 Course Description

This one-semester course provides students with an overview of the structure and function of the human body. The anatomy and physiology of the following organ systems will be discussed: cardiovascular, respiratory, nervous, gastrointestinal, immune and reproductive. Each of these systems will be considered under normal conditions as well as under disease conditions. Contemporary health issues will also be discussed. The laboratory component of the course will involve simulations in a computer lab. Prerequisites: CSE099, ENA/ENG/ESA099, MAT096. Fulfills “Pathways: Flexible Core-Scientific World.” 3 credits; 3 hours (2 lecture, 1 lab)

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References: Biology OER