Anatomy and Physiology

Course Overview:

The aim of this Anatomy and Physiology online course is to expand upon what was learned in your Biology class, while emphasizing the application of this material to human structures and functions. This course begins the study of human beings at the microscopic level and works its way up to an in-depth study of select organ systems. Special emphasis will be placed upon applying and demonstrating the information learned in this course through, not only tests and quizzes, but through special projects and collaboration as well.

The course progresses by giving students an understanding of how structure and function are related in the human body. The student will study the human body from the cellular level to the organ system level. All of the major body systems will be studied in great detail. Additionally, biochemistry, cell biology, histology, biotechnology, bioethics, and pathology will also be studied. This course is highly recommended for students seeking a career in science or a health-related profession.

Semester 1:  

In Semester A, the course focuses on understanding the human body and its organization. Students learn that the body can be described, organized, and classified for better comprehension. They explore the comprehensive language used to describe animal structure, which is based on Latin and Greek roots. The relationship between a tissue’s structure and its function is emphasized. The integumentary system, which includes the skin, plays a crucial role as the body’s first line of defense against infection and illness. The skeletal system is highlighted as the main support structure of the body.

Semester 2: 

In Semester B, the course delves into key systems of the human body. The muscular system is studied for its role in providing movement, heat production, and protection. The nervous system is explored as the control center of the body, coordinating and regulating various bodily functions. The digestive system is examined, focusing on its ability to convert food into a soluble, absorbable form for the body’s use. The importance of blood is emphasized, as it is a specialized fluid involved in immunity, clotting mechanisms, and the transportation of nutrients to cells while removing waste from those same cells.

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