Anatomy & Physiology (Honors)

  • Anatomy  

    The Honors Anatomy and Physiology course broadens the students' abilities in the scientific method, research, and analytical thinking while studying about the human body.  The course concentrates on the structure and function of the ten major body systems with emphasis on the interrelationship of these systems.  Students review cell structure, cell function, and biochemical fundamentals as well as study metabolic pathways.  Labs coincide with reading and lecture content.  Students dissect a representative mammal and representative organs to examine structure.  Models and calculator-based laboratory (CBL) probes are also used.  Computer based labs and the internet are used to reinforce topics discussed in class. A college-level text for the course (available on-line) with the accompanying workbook will be utilized as a guide for course study. 

    This class is directed toward students with a serious interest in the allied health fields, and requires serious study habits for successful completion due to the large degree of memorization required. Students enrolled in this course should realize that this course requires time, effort, reading and memorization. Successful completion of this class requires dedication and commitment from the student. 

    Students enrolled in this class will study the anatomy and physiology of the human body using a body systems approach. The course will involve in-depth analyses of the skeletal, muscular, nervous, digestive, circulatory, reproductive, and respiratory systems. Lab activities will supplement class lectures and will include dissection and reconstruction. Mandatory projects are also an integral part of the class. Grades will be based on tests, notebooks, projects, and lab work.

    Honors credit will be awarded. This is an honors class which translates into a faster pace, more depth in physiology, current event and research reviews, increased ownership in learning and performance tasks.

    Communication. I prefer to communicate with the student on an issue or question that may arise. However, if the issue cannot be resolved please feel free to send an email to schedule a conference.

    Tutoring. Tuesday and Thursday after school and Wednesday before school.

    Learner Outcomes. I am excited to be instructing your student in exploring and learning Anatomy and Physiology for the upcoming school year. Over the course of the year, students will demonstrate an understanding of the following concepts:

    1. Structure and function of cells and tissues

    2. Metabolism and biochemistry

    3. The structures and functions of human systems

    4. The maintenance of homeostasis.

    Required Materials (Please bring every class period)

    1. Lab Workbook
    2. Composition or Spiral Notebook

    3. Pen AND pencil

    Grading (Please check grades via Skyward)

    • Test/Quiz Grades 60%
    • Labs 30% (There is a zero tolerance for inappropriate behavior in lab. Any misbehavior results in immediate removal from lab environment, a zero on all work for that day, and parent contact.)
    • Daily grades 10%
    • Late work will be accepted up to one week (three class days) after the original due date. Timeliness of the late work collected during this time cannot count for more than 30% of the assignment.

    ALL student grades finalize at the end of each grading term and will not be changed. All late assignments must be received prior to the end of each grading term in order to receive credit.

    Major projects will not be accepted late when an extended time period has been provided to complete the assignment. However, milestones in the major project will ensure that students are making reasonable progress to the completion of the assignment. Those milestones may be recorded as daily grades.

    Classroom Expectations

    1. Be in your assigned seat and working on the assigned bell work when the tardy bell rings.

    2. Bring all books and materials to class with you and take them with you when you leave.

    3. Treat each person in the classroom with dignity and respect.

    4. Follow all directions the first time they are given.

    5. Follow all procedures and policies outlined in the Pearland High School and Pearland ISD handbooks.

    Syllabus: A&P Syllabus 2019-20

    Year at A Glance: A&P Year at a Glance


    Class Lessons (some, not all)

    Class Power Points (some, not all)

    Fall Semester Exam Review



    Fetal Pig dissection begins in September, 2019.


    There is no real substitute for dissection in anatomy.


    AP Book  

       A&P Textbook Online Access