Human Biology

Human Biology

BIOL 195-01
Core B2

Course description:

Have you ever wondered how your heart helps to pump blood throughout your
body? Or why you are more likely to get sick when you are stressed? Or how *
does* a muscle contract? This course will provide answers to all of these
questions (and more)! The First Year Seminar “Human Biology” course is an
opportunity for non-science majors to gain a greater understanding of how
the human body functions and how biomedical science addresses the needs of
human health and disease. The course will introduce students to the cell
and important cellular processes, how tissues and organs function in the
body, and how diseases affect normal body function. In addition to weekly
lectures, there will also be weekly laboratory sessions and three scheduled
field trips.

Faculty Bio:

Christina Tzagarakis-Foster received her B.S. in Biology from the
University of San Francisco and her Ph.D. in Microbiology from the
University of California at Davis. Her area of research is focused on key
factors that regulate breast cancer development and control of "stemness"
in embryonic stem cells. She teaches courses in Cell Physiology,
Endocrinology and Cancer Biology in the Department of Biology. When she
isn't teaching or carrying out experiments, she enjoys exploring the
beautiful bay area with her husband and two sons.