Human Physiology, Technology, and Medical Devices

BIOL 1015
4 credits

We are currently not accepting instructor applications for this course unless applicant will replace an existing CIS instructor. Replacement teachers should apply as soon as possible.

Sponsoring U of M Academic Department: Biology Teaching and Learning, College of Biological Sciences

U of M Catalog Description

Fitness, disease, body systems such as muscular and cardiovascular systems. Cooperative learning groups and inquiry-based lab activities.

Additional Information

2016-17 is a year of transition for this course as it moves to its new department home in the College of Biological Sciences. The course description and additional information on this webpage are in flux at this time.

BIOL 1015 examines specific topics in physiology, such as fitness, disease, and body systems, including the respiratory, muscular, and cardiovascular systems. Students engage in a wide range of learning tasks, such as Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL), cooperative quizzes, and many other endeavors that promote the social nature of knowledge, e.g., group discussions. There is little lecture in this course.

Watch the introductory video.

Additional Credit Information

BIOL 1015:

  •     is a freshman-level introduction to human physiology
  •     satisfies the U of M liberal education core requirement for a biological science with lab

Student Qualification Requirements

Students enrolling in BIOL 1015 must be juniors or seniors in high school and have earned a B or better in a rigorous high school chemistry course.

Instructor Qualifications

Instructors apply and are selected by faculty in accordance with the U of M policy governing Academic Appointments with Teaching Functions. Once approved, an instructor is appointed as a Teaching Specialist 9754 (University Job Title and Code) in the College of Continuing Education. Instructor qualifications are determined by the sponsoring University department.

The Instructor Qualifications outline the degree(s) and coursework, required experience, additional evidence of currency/proficiency in the field, and course philosophy and instruction for this course.

Other Considerations

This course is typically taught over an entire high school academic year.

Applications for teaching this course will ONLY be considered if you are applying to replace a current CIS teacher. Contact Jan M. Erickson, Associate Director, at 612-624-9898 or if you have any questions or wish to be added to a waiting list.

Class size limit: Capacity of lab


  • Visual Essentials of Anatomy & Physiology, Martini, F., Ober, W., Bartholomew, E., Nath, J. (2012), Benjamin Cummings, publisher, is recommended. ISBN-10:0321780779 | ISBN-13: 978-0321780775. (Cost was approximately $67 in 2013.)
  • Teachers may use another text, if approved by the CIS faculty coordinator.
  • Lecture Study Guide by Murray Jensen (made available without cost to CIS teachers who choose to use it).

Lab handouts (made available without cost to CIS teachers who choose to use them).

Internet Usage

BIOL 1015 uses Moodle and Google drive to share information between schools and teachers.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are the texts and readings specified or mandated by the University of Minnesota? If not, what are some of the choices?
CIS does not require schools to use the textbook used in BIOL 1015 on the University campus. CIS instructors may choose from a variety of the introductory anatomy and physiology texts offered by major publishing companies; the chosen text must, however, be approved by the faculty coordinator. Currently there are five to ten different texts to choose from. Instructors are not required to use either the lecture guide or lab handouts.

Do teachers have choice in assignments? Are there required assignments?
All schools are required to implement cooperative quizzes and use inquiry-based instructional methods.

Who creates the exams?
Individual teachers create their own exams.

Is there a training and mentoring system for BIOL 1015 teachers new to CIS?
Yes. When you begin teaching BIOL 1015 you will be joining a group of high school teachers who share ideas and materials with each other through e-mail and teacher workshops held in the summer and throughout the school year. New teachers also benefit from an orientation to College in the Schools that will familiarize them with the support available through CIS as well as prepare them for administrative tasks such as registering students and posting grades.

High school class schedules vary; can a teacher in the block system teach BIOL 1015?
This course must be taught over an entire high school academic year.

What happens at typical teacher workshops?
Typical activities at CIS workshops include meeting University faculty and hearing about their recent research in the discipline; reviewing and/or developing student assessment tools; sharing instructional materials; discussing particular content, pedagogy, or assessment of the University course; and receiving updates on CIS program policies and practices. BIOL 1015 workshops focus especially on discussion of class assignments and the development of new curriculum.

Sample documents

High Schools Offering this Course

Apple Valley High School
Bethlehem Academy
Cretin-Derham Hall
Dover-Eyota High School
Eagan High School
Eastview High School
Elk River High School
Faribault High School
Hill-Murray High School
Hmong Academy
Hopkins High School
Johnson High School
Jordan High School
Mahtomedi High School
Minnehaha Academy
New London-Spicer High School
Pine City High School
Plainview-Elgin-Millville High School
Richfield High School
Rogers High School
Rosemount High School
Shakopee High School
Stillwater Area High School
Tri-City United High School
Ubah Medical Academy
Wabasha-Kellogg High School
Washington Technical Secondary Magnet
Watertown-Mayer High School