Anatomy, Physiology & Biomechanics

The study of the structure and function of organisms is central to our understanding of biology. The traditional disciplines of anatomy and physiology serve as the hub of modern integrative biology, with engagement in cell & molecular biology, evolutionary biology, behavior and ecology. The study of biomechanics also integrates an understanding of physics and engineering, particularly dynamics and statics, as it applies to the problems of organismal structure and function.

Students intending to attend graduate school are strongly encouraged to undertake an extended research project (multiple semesters) in the area of anatomy, physiology or biomechanics.

Students fulfilling the requirements of the Concentration in Anatomy, Physiology and Biomechanics will receive a note on their official transcript certifying successful completion of the concentration.

Area Advisors

Area Advisors Area Faculty

Dr. Kathleen Smith, Department of Biology
phone: (919) 684-3402 or (919) 684-8325, email: kksmith@duke.edu

Dr. Sönke Johnsen, Department of Biology
phone: (919) 660-7321, email: sjohnsen@duke.edu

Dr. Sheila Patek, Department of Biology
phone:919-613-8306 , email: sheila.patek@duke.edu

Biology: Sönke Johnsen, Dan Kiehart, Fred Nijhout, Steve Nowicki, Sheila Patek, Dan Rittschof, Louise Roth, Kathleen Smith and Anne Yoder

Evolutionary Anthropology: Richard Kay, Daniel Schmidt, Christine Wall, Blythe Williams

 

Pre/Corequisites

Chemistry

For B.S. Degree For B.A. Degree
  • CHEM 101DL Core Concepts in Chemistry OR
  • CHEM 110DL Honors Chemistry: Core Concepts in context OR
  • CHEM 21 General Chemistry Credit
  • CHEM 101DL Core Concepts in Chemistry OR
  • CHEM 110DL Honors Chemistry: Core Concepts in context OR
  • CHEM 21 General Chemistry Credit
  • CHEM201DL Organic Chemistry
 

NOTE: CHEM 210DL and CHEM 202L are recommended for pre-med, pre-vet, biochem and pharm students.

Math

For B.S. Degree For B.A. Degree
  • MATH 111L Laboratory Calculus I OR
  • MATH 121 Introductory Calculus I OR
  • MATH 21 Introductory Calculus I OR
  • BOTH MATH 105L/106L Laboratory Calculus and Functions I and II
  • MATH 105L Laboratory Calculus and Functions I
  • MATH 112L Laboratory Calculus II OR
  • MATH 122 Introductory Calculus II OR
  • MATH 22 Introductory Calculus II OR
  • STA 102 Introductory Biostatistics OR STA 101 (Data Analysis/Statistical Inference) or above OR
  • BIOLOGY 304 Biological Data Analysis (cannot also count as an elective)
  •  MATH 106L Laboratory Calculus and Functions II

Physics

For B.S. Degree For B.A. Degree
  • PHYSICS 141L General Physics I OR
  • PHYSICS 151L Introductory Mechanics OR
  • PHYSICS 161L Introductory Experimental Physics I OR
  • PHYSICS 25 (AP credit)
  • PHYSICS 141L General Physics I OR
  • PHYSICS 151L Introductory Mechanics OR
  • PHYSICS 161L Introductory Experimental Physics I

NOTE: PHYSICS 142L is recommended for pre-med, pre-vet, biochem and pharm students.

Biology Major Requirements (10 courses)

The following courses are required for students pursuing both the B.S. and B.A. biology credentials.

Gateway Courses

Biology Area Requirements

Select 1 course from EACH of the following three areas. Courses listed in more than one area may only be used to meet one area requirement.

Electives (5 courses)

A maximum of 2 independent studies or tutorials may count toward the major. A maximum of 2 alternate electives may count toward the major.

Anatomy, Physiology, & Biomechanics Area Course Requirements

From among the 8 courses taken for the Biology area requirements and electives, at least 4 courses must taken from the following list.
One of the 4 courses must be at the Capstone/400-level or above and be listed or cross-listed in Biology. This may include a second semester of independent study in a project approved by the area advisor (max of 1 Ind Study can count towards the 4 courses).

Lab Experience Requirement

Through the area menu and elective courses, you must take at least 2 full lab courses in addition to the gateway courses BIOLOGY 201L/202L. Courses must be at the 200 level or above. A maximum of 1 independent study may count as a lab course.

Capstone Course Requirement

You must take at least 1 full 400-level or higher biology 'Capstone' course from the list of courses above approved for the concentration. Independent study can count towards this requirement if it is a second semester continuation.