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BIOL 1595: Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory I

This in-person laboratory course is the first half of the laboratory component generally required for a fundamental first-year anatomy and physiology course. This course provides an introduction to the structure and function of the human body. It begins with an orientation to the body and then covers the functions of a generalized cell - the atoms and molecules that make up organic molecules, tissues, organs, organ systems as well as the integumentary, skeletal, muscular and nervous systems. The focus is on the healthy functioning of the body and consideration of how each system contributes to overall health and the maintenance of homeostasis.


Learning outcomes

  • Describe the overall organization and function of the human body.
  • Operate a microscope.
  • Describe the structure and function of cells and organelles and outline the steps of cell division.
  • Describe the structures and functions of the main tissue types.
  • Describe the structure and main function of the skeletal system, including bone, muscles and joints.

Course topics

  • Lab #1 Human Anatomy - An Overview
  • Lab #2 Microscope, Magnification and Measurement
  • Lab #3 Microorganisms in the Human Environment
  • Lab #4 Membrane Structure and Function
  • Lab #5 DNA Replication and Mitosis
  • Lab #6 Cells, Tissues, and the Integument

(Lab Exam I)

  • Lab #7 Bone Structure and Skeleton I - the Axial Skeleton
  • Lab #8 Bone Structure and Skeleton II
  • Lab #9 Skeletal Muscles

(Lab Exam II)

Required text and materials

Students will be required to print their own laboratory manual prior to their first day in class. Other supplies will be provided during the lab. For safety reasons, students must wear closed shoes. No open-toed shoes or sandals are permitted in the labs.

Any current edition of:

  • Tortora, G. & Derrickson, B. Introduction to the human body: The essentials of anatomy and physiology. New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.,



Assessment will be based on two mandatory laboratory examinations held during the laboratory session. Students must pass each mandatory laboratory exam with a minimum of 50%, and achieve 50% overall in the laboratory course.

Lab Exam I 50%
Lab Exam II 50%
Total 100%
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