Human Anatomy (Biology 2)

Course Description:

Human Anatomy is an entry-level anatomy course for students who wish to prepare for nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, radiologic technology, pharmacy, respiratory therapy, and/or any other area of health science or medicine.  It is a five-unit course, with four hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory per week.  The course covers cells, tissues and all major organ systems, and includes detailed dissection of the cat, and dissection of selected organs from the sheep, cow and pig.  Study of predissected human cadavers is an integral part of the program regimen.

 The summer session accelerates the pace of the course by a factor of three. 

Textbook Information:

 Principles of Human Anatomy (12th edition) by Gerard J. Tortora and Mark T. Nielsen

          Published by John Wiley and Sons, Inc.

          ISBN13:  978-0-470-56705-0

 Human Anatomy Laboratory Manual With Cat Dissections by Elaine N. Marieb

                     Published by Pearson Benjamin Cummings

                     Any recent edition



           Completion (with a grade of C or better) of Introduction to Biology (Biology 010)


Student Learning Outcomes for Biology 002:

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to . . .

  • Identify and describe the gross and microscopic components of the human body, including cells, tissues and organ systems
  • Demonstrate proper and safe dissection technique
  • Correlate human anatomy with human physiology


A word about specimen preservatives: 

All of the specimens that we use in this course are preserved in fluids that contain formaldehyde, phenol and propylene glycol.  None of these chemicals can be made nontoxic. If you are pregnant, or think that you might be pregnant, you should check with your physician before enrolling in Human Anatomy.



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