CAPS Undergraduate Courses

CAPS 200 – Biomedical Research: Essential Skills and Concepts (3 credits) Analysis of the underlying questions and assumptions, experimental approach, results and significance of work described in selected biomedical research presentations.
Term II

Prerequisite: BIOL 200. This course is designed for students in second year. Upper level students are not admitted.
Lectures and Labs : Tuesday and Thursday, 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM
Course Coordinator: Dr. Sally Osborne
Telephone : 1.604.822.3421
Course Description:
This challenging elective course is designed to transform your understanding of scientific research and the underlying process that allows us to create new knowledge. We will deconstruct 2  research seminars given in class by CPS research scientists.This class uses a flipped-participatory discussion model.  You will be guided to think critically and creatively using mini journals, problem sets, seminar summaries and online resources related to the seminar topics. You will have didactic lessons on researching scientific literature using the UBC library e-tools, giving scientific talks and preparing brief research proposals.  In lieu of a final examination, you will be expected to craft a research proposal based on one of the seminar speaker’s topics and present it to the class and research scientists.



CAPS 301 – Human Physiology  Terms I and II (6 credits)  A lecture course on body function with particular reference to mammalian and human physiology.
Prerequisites: BIOL 112, BIOL 121 and one of MATH 101, MATH 103, MATH 105, MATH 121 and one of PHYS 100, PHYS 101, PHYS 107 and one of CHEM 203, CHEM 233, CHEM 260.Lectures: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM.
Course Coordinator:  Dr. Barry Mason
Emailbarry.mason@ubc.caRequired Textbook:    Human Physiology, From Cells to Systems; Lauralee Sherwood & Christopher Ward. 3rd Canadian Edition, 2016, Nelson
Number of Lectures: 72 One-hour lectures
Course Description: Organ systems function with particular reference to mammalian and human physiology.
Topics Covered:
Body Fluids
Cardiovascular Physiology
Pulmonary Physiology (Osborne)
Renal Physiology
Concentration & Dilution of Urine
Gastrointestinal Physiology
Reproductive Physiology
CAPS 303 – Human Physiology Laboratory: Honours (3 credits)  Techniques and principle of human physiology. Restricted to students in CAPS & Pharmacology Honours.
Terms I and II

Restricted to students in Honours Cellular, Anatomical, and Physiological Sciences and students in Honours Pharmacology.

Laboratory: Thursdays 2:00-5:00 pm
Location: Biological Sciences 3027-3029
Offered online synchronous mode:   Thursdays 2-5 pm PST
Course Coordinator:   Dr. Sally Osborne

Laboratory sessions in human physiology designed to provide enriched learning aligned with lectures in CAPS 301.



CAPS 390 – Introduction to Microscopic Human Anatomy
(3 credits) 
Instructor: Dr. Guy Tanentzapf and Dr. Tim O’Connor
Prerequisite: one of the following courses:
BIOL 121 – Genetics, Evolution & Ecology
SCIE 001 – Science I Program
BIOL 200 – Cell Biology I: Structural Basis (recommended)

Course Schedule

CAPS 391 – Introduction to Gross Human Anatomy (3 credits) Structure and function of body regions at the macroscopic level.
Term II (Winter) January to AprilPrerequisite: Six credits of lower level biology courses.
Lectures and Labs: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM.
Instructor: Dr. Majid Alimohammadi
Office: Room 1523, Life Sciences Centre
Telephone: 1.604.822.7545
Required Textbooks: M & M Essential Anatomy, M. Alimohammadi, M. Doroudi, Pearson Publishing Company, 3rd. Edition.
Number of Lectures:12
CAPS 421 – Advanced Cellular & Molecular Physiology (3 credits)  Recent advancements in cellular and molecular physiology that have revolutionized our understanding of cell function in health and disease.
Lectures:   Monday & Wednesday 2:00-4:00 pm, September – December
Location: LSC 1510
Course Coordinators:   Dr. I. Robert Nabi & Dr. T. Michael Underhill
CAPS 422 – Mammalian Cardiovascular & Respiratory Physiology (3 credits)  The control and integration of cardiopulmonary
function in mammals.
Term I

Prerequiste: A cumulative average of 75% over at least 90 credits attempted in the first three years of a student’s program and a minimum mark of 75% in CAPS 301 or PHYL 301

Lectures: Tuesday and Thursday 8:00-10:00 am
Location: LSC 1416
Course Coordinators:   Dr. Sally Osborne (respiratory section) and Dr. Ed Moore (cardiovascular section)
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CAPS 423 – Mammalian Renal & Gastrointestinal Physiology (3 credits)  Control of mammalian renal and gastrointestinal systems.
Term I

Prerequiste: A cumulative average of 75% over at least 90 credits attempted in the first three years of a student’s program and a minimum mark of 75% in CAPS 301 or PHYL 301. Permission of the course director is also required.
  Tuesday & Thursday 2:00-4:00 pm
Location: LSC 1410
Course Coordinator:   Eric Accili, PhD
Office: Rm.3013 DH Copp Bldg, 2146 Health Sciences Mall
Telephone: 604-822-6228
Background Reading:   Selective Chapters of various textbook, Reviews and Journal articles.
Number of lectures: 23 two-hour lectures.

Functional Anatomy and Circulation of the Kidney
Glomerular Filtration and Urinary Excretion
Renal Transports
Acid base balance
Fluid Compartments
Water Homeostasis
The Urinary Bladder
GI Tract Overview
GI Endocrinology
GI Innervation and Taste Perception
GI Innervation and Motility
Gastric Secretion
The Exocrine Pancreas
CAPS 424 – Mammalian Endocrinology (3 credits) Hormonal control of homeostatic, metabolic and reproductive function.
January – April
Lectures:  Tuesday, Thursday 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Location:  LSC 1510
Prerequisite: A cumulative average of 75% over at least 90 credits attempted in the first three years of a student’s program and a minimum mark of 75% in CAPS 301 or its equivalent. Permission of the course director is also required for all except Honours CAPS students.
Course Coordinator: Dr. Victor Viau
Office: BMRC 440
Telephone: 604-822-3899
Email: Dr. Victor Viau
Number of Lectures: 26
Required Textbook: None
This course is intended for Honours students in Physiology or other life sciences.
This course is eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
You must register in the course before you can select the Credit/D/Fail grading option.
Registered students will have access to a CAPS 424 web site on UBC Connect as of January 1 preceding the course. This is used for the posting of lecture notes and other relevant course material.
In addition to attending lectures, students will also participate in group-based mini-presentations of selected topics.
Course Assessment is based on mid-term and final examinations (90%) as well as the student presentations (10%).
Examinations are based upon lecture material only.
There are no recommended textbooks for the course.
Introduction; Peptide hormone biosynthesis/processing;
Receptors; Intracellular Signalling Pathways 1 & 2; Endocrine control of transcription and development; Pancreas I & II & III; Adipose tissue and Adipokines I; Regulation of energy balance & body weight; Adipokines II
Adrenal and the SNS; Hypothalamus/pituitary;
Opioid peptides; Downstream effectors of signalling pathways I & II;
Reproductive endocrinology I & II & III;
Endocrinology in the news
CAPS 426 – Physiological Basis of Central Nervous System Functions (3 credits) An integrated study of the structural and functional organization of the central nervous system with special emphasis on neurophysiological mechanisms.
January – April
Lectures:  Tuesday, Thursday 8:00-10:00 am
Location: LSC 1510
Course Coordinator:   Dr. Kurt Haas
Office: BRC Room F162
Tel: 604-822-9770
Prerequisites:   CAPS 301. Permission from the Department Head is also required.
CAPS 431 – Advanced Laboratory in the Physiology of Human Health and Disease (3 credits) 
Term II
Prerequisite: CAPS 303 and the consent of the department are required and enrollment will be limited.
Laboratories:   Fridays 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Course Coordinator:   Dr. Douglas Allan
Telephone: 1.778.235.3555
Email :
Office: Biological Sciences 3027-3029

This is a 3-credit Laboratory Course for 4th Year Honours CAPS Students*, replacing CAPS 430.

CAPS 448 – Directed Studies in Physiology (3-6 credits)
Course Director: Dr. Guy Tanentzapf, (
Description & Application
CAPS 449 – Graduating Essay  (6 credits) A two term research project with a Department faculty member, culminating in a written thesis and an oral presentation to faculty.
Contact:   Dr. Chris Loewen, Rm 2403 Life Sciences Center

Course Instructions