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Prerequisites for Courses – Prior to Spring 2014

Prior to Spring 2014, the following courses were required prerequisites for enrolling in Human Physiology courses. The prereqs are used to assure that students have the appropriate background training before they enroll in a course. Instructors plan what they teach and how they teach based on the learning objectives of the prereqs. Because of this, prereqs are strictly enforced.

To have passed a prerequisite and move on to the subsequent course, generally students need to show a “C” grade, which includes C-. This signifies a fair level of achievement. They cannot progress if they have a “D” grade, which signifies little or no true understanding of the material. However, the grade criteria used to satisfy the prereq requirement for two of our major courses, HPHY 321 Human Anatomy I and HPHY 322 Human Physiology I are higher (Must be C or better, not C-). These two courses serve as the entry point to the most challenging core of our major, which runs for a full year (29 credits). We believe the students who come in from the prereq courses with grades in the marginal C- range struggle, and often times have to repeat 321 or 322 or both, which increases the number of students in these packed courses, increase the cost of education for students who repeat them, and typically delays their time to graduation. We believe these students would perform better in this core of the major if they are caught at the prereq level and establish stronger study habits/seek assistance in the 200-level prereq courses before progressing to these 300-level courses.

If you are a transfer student, the Undergraduate Advisor can help you determine whether a course you have taken at another institution may satisfy a prereq for a course. With approval of the Undergraduate Advisor, transfer students may be eligible for co-registration in HPHY 212 and 321 (starting in Fall 2014), but it is still strongly recommended that they take HPHY 212 prior to 321 when possible.

Will you be taking classes in Spring 2015 or later?  If so, you should review the NEW PREREQS which will go into effect in Spring 2015. 

The following 100-level General Education courses are Science Group Satisfying and are open to all majors.

100-level General Education Prereqs
101 Exercise as Medicine No prereqs
102 Exercise and Wellness No prereqs
103 Exercise and Performance No prereqs
104 Understanding Human Disease No prereqs
105 Principles of Nutrition No prereqs

The following 200-level Required of Major courses are open to non-HPHY majors after the initial registration period.

200-level Required of Major Prereqs
211 Medical Terminology No prereqs
212 Evidence, Inference, & Biostatistics No prereqs

The following 300-level Required of Major courses are open to non-HPHY majors after the initial registration period, with the exception of HPHY 371 Physiology of Exercise which is only open to HPHY majors.

300-level Required of Major Prereqs
321 Human Anatomy I HPHY 211 and (BI 212 or BI 282H) must each be C or better
322 Human Physiology I HPHY 212 and (BI 212 or BI 282H) must each be C or better
323 Human Anatomy II HPHY 321
324 Human Physiology II HPHY 212, 321, and 322
325 Human Anatomy/Physiology III HPHY 323 and HPHY 324
371 Physiology of Exercise HPHY 324

The following 300-level Electives are only open to HPHY majors.

300-level Electives Prereqs
333 Motor Control (HPHY 321 and HPHY 322) or PSY 304
362 Tissue Injury and Repair HPHY 323 and HPHY 324
381 Biomechanics HPHY 322, HPHY 323, PHYS 201

The following 400-level Electives are only open to HPHY majors. Some do not have prereqs, but all require Department or Instructor approval.

400-level Electives Prereqs
401 Research Department or Instructor approval
402 Thesis Department or Instructor approval
404 Internship Department or Instructor approval
405 Reading and Conference Department or Instructor approval
406 Special Problems Department or Instructor approval
408 Workshop Department or Instructor approval
409 Practicum Department or Instructor approval
409 Anatomy/Physiology Teaching Assistant Department or Instructor approval
420 Human Cadaver Dissection HPHY 323 (students accepted by application, due in early February)

The following 400-level Capstones are only open to HPHY majors.

400-level Capstones Prereqs
410/422 Physiology of Obesity* HPHY 325 and 371
410/443 Clinical Pharmacology* HPHY 325 and 371
410/421 Pathophysiology* HPHY 325 and 371
410 Science of Athletic Performance* HPHY 371
460 Lumbar and Pelvic Functional Anatomy* HPHY 322
410/480 Technology Development in Human Physiology* HPHY 371 and 381
412 Sleep Physiology HPHY 325
413 Muscle Structure, Function, & Plasticity HPHY 371
414 Muscle Cell Metabolism HPHY 371
417 Hypertension HPHY 325
419 Alternative & Complementary Medicine HPHY 325
441 Clinical Exercise Physiology HPHY 371
442 Clinical ECG/EKG HPHY 324
433 Neurophysiology of Concussion HPHY 333
434 Movement Disorders HPHY 333
462 Therapeutic Techniques HPHY 362
470 Environmental Physiology HPHY 371
472 Advanced Labs in Exercise Physiology HPHY 371
473 High Altitude Medicine & Physiology HPHY 325
485 Gait Analysis HPHY 381
486 Orthopedic Biomechanics HPHY 381

*New courses under development which may appear as 399 or 410 when scheduled.

Important changes to course prereqs (We will post corrections/changes here):

Update 11/08/2013 – Indicates complete roll-out of recent changes and link to future prereqs website.

Update 4/26/2013 – One term exception – PHYS 201 will not be enforced as a prereq for HPHY 381 during Fall 2013. This exception is to alleviate conflicts resulting from a schedule change. However, it is PHYS 201 highly recommended as a pre-req, should be taken concurrently for students who have not completed it previously.

Update 4/10/2013 – HPHY 410 Forensic Biomechanics has been discontinued.

Update 3/25/2013 – Starting Fall 2014, additional prereq for HPHY 324 will be HPHY 212.

Update 3/13/2013 – Starting Summer 2014, additional prereq for HPHY 321 will be HPHY 211. Starting Summer 2014, additional prereq for HPHY 322 will be HPHY 212.

Update 1/15/2013 – Starting Fall 2013, the prereqs for HPHY 321 and 322 must be passed with a C or better (i.e., a C- will no longer satisfy the requirement).