Anatomy & Physiology | 2020-21

In this online Anatomy & Physiology class, homeschooled high schoolers will study the most amazing organic machine--the human body. As they study, share, and compare the eleven body systems with their peers, they will discern how every aspect of the body is carefully interwoven to produce an incredible working organism.

  • This is an asynchronous class that will offer a diverse array of print and digital resources.

  • While quite interactive, there are no live meetings.

  • A full-year class: August-May. See our FAQ for complete dates.

  • Students will order their custom lab kit from the instructor and have the option to access their textbook through the Blue Tent OnLoan program.

 

Virtual and Hands-On Labs

The hands-on labs and experiments in this course will enable students to view life through a different “lens.” 

  • With the use of a microscope, they will examine body tissues and identify structures vital to maintaining homeostasis.

  • Labs will train them to ask questions, make observations and predictions, analyze data, construct arguments, and form conclusions—both individually and collaboratively with their classmates.

 

Dissections and Investigations

Performing dissections—with the close involvement of the instructor and the aid of virtual technology and videos—students will explore the internal designs and discuss the importance of body systems within a variety of species.

  • They will have the opportunity to dissect a sheep’s brain, heart, and kidney, as well as a cow’s eye and a fetal pig.

  • Taking a medical “case study” approach, they will be taught how apply their anatomy and physiology knowledge, critically analyze, synthesize their findings, and formulate conclusions.

  • With the guidance of your instructor, they then will learn how to effectively communicate their scientific findings in written investigative reports. 

Digging Deeper

A second-semester research project will offer the opportunity to closely examine a medical condition of interest and investigate historical, mainstream, and cutting-edge treatment options.

  • Instruction and guidance will be provided by the instructor to help students learn the proper way to research, format, and write a scientific paper.

  • Students who have successfully completed a high school biology class will be well-suited for this course if they are:

    • interested in preparing themselves for a medical field—doctor, physician's assistant, nurse, physical therapist—or a sports field, such as exercise physiology or sports medicine

    • interested in taking another high school science, but not ready for or interested in chemistry or physics, and/or

    • interested in--or needing to take--a fourth year of science, having completed the basic requirements of biology, chemistry, and an earth or physical science.

 

We hope students enjoy the dynamic interaction with the instructor and with other homeschooled high schoolers from across the country who all share an interested in science. Exploring the human body together at a microscopic and macroscopic level, they'll gain an even greater appreciation of the body’s artistry!

 

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