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BIOL250 - Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab I

Course Details

Course Code: BIOL250 Course ID: 4628 Credit Hours: 4 Level: Undergraduate

This is the first of a two-course sequence in human anatomy & physiology. This intensive course is intended to prepare students for careers in the health sciences (sports medicine, physical therapy, EMS nursing, physician assistant, etc.). Lessons and laboratory exercises focus on the organization of the human body, homeostasis, basic chemistry, cell biology, genetics and heredity, and the integumentary musculoskeletal, and nervous systems. This course includes a hands-on laboratory component, and students are required to perform dissection of preserved animal specimens. Some of the laboratory activities require the use of glass or sharp laboratory instruments; therefore, students must have a safe work area available to perform laboratory activities. Students must also have room temperature storage available in order to maintain laboratory materials and specimens through both BIOL250 and BIOL251. Refrigerated storage is not required. In addition, students must be able to document their laboratory work using still pictures and/or video. This is a time and resource-intensive course. Students intending to pursue a career in the health sciences should verify that the BIOL250 and BIOL251 course sequence meets the requirements of their intended program prior to enrollment. Lab material for this course will only be provided once. If you need replacement lab equipment for any reason or need to retake the course later, you will need to purchase your own lab refills. NOTE: Students may take either BIOL201or BIOL250/BIOL251 for credit, but not both versions of anatomy & physiology. (Prerequisites: CHEM133 or SCIN131, and MATH110, MATH111, or MATH225)


Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
12/28/21 - 06/03/22 06/06/22 - 09/25/22 Spring 2022 Session C 16 Week session
01/25/22 - 07/01/22 07/04/22 - 10/23/22 Summer 2022 Session A 16 Week session
02/22/22 - 07/29/22 08/01/22 - 11/20/22 Summer 2022 Session K 16 Week session
03/29/22 - 09/02/22 09/05/22 - 12/25/22 Summer 2022 Session C 16 Week session
04/26/22 - 09/30/22 10/03/22 - 01/22/23 Fall 2022 Session A 16 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to

CO-1 Explain the presence of inherited anatomical and physiological traits using the principles of genetics and heredity.
CO-2 Identify the gross and microscopic structures of the integumentary, musculoskeletal, and nervous systems.
CO-3 Explain the normal physiological processes of the integumentary, musculoskeletal, and nervous systems.
CO-4 Explain the use of feedback loops to control the integumentary, musculoskeletal, and nervous systems.
CO-5 Explain the relationship between anatomical structures and physiological functions in the integumentary, musculoskeletal, and nervous systems.
CO-6 Explain the interrelationships within and between anatomical and physiological systems of the human body.
CO-7 Explain the relationship between homeostatic imbalances of the integumentary, musculoskeletal, and nervous systems and each of the following; Lifestyle decisions, disease, and injury.
CO-8 Explain basic clinical assessment and laboratory procedures used to evaluate the physiological functions of the integumentary, musculoskeletal, and nervous systems.
CO-9 Interpret graphs of anatomical and physiological data.

Your final grade in the course will be determined by your performance on five types of assignments:

Discussion Forums (16 forums; 10% of final grade)

During each week of the course, you will provide an initial post to the discussion forum by Thursday of that week that is relevant to the assigned topic. In addition, you will respond to at least two of your classmate’s initial posts and answer any questions asked about your initial post by Sunday. The forums are for student interaction and input should be submitted as early in the week in order to fully participate in the discussions. Students should demonstrate their own knowledge in the forums and not copy and paste from websites.

Initial Post (40 possible points)

  • The post is on topic, clearly related to the thread, and addresses all components of the assignment with significant depth, analysis, and clarity.
  • The post is approximately 250-350 words long and written in your own words.

Reply Posts (30 possible points)

  • Reply to at least two of your classmates’ original posts with responses that are on topic, clearly related to the thread, and further the discussion of the original comment. For example, ask an interesting and related question, or share relevant information on the topic.
  • The post is approximately 100-200 words long and written in your own words.
  • Please reply early enough in the week to allow time for your classmates and instructor to respond.

Creates Conversation and Community (15 possible points)

  • Respond to follow-up questions and comments posted to your initial post by your classmates and instructor during the week.
  • All posts are written in a constructive and respectful tone.

Terminology, Sources, and Attribution (15 possible points)

  • All posts accurately apply scientific concepts and use scientific terminology correctly (including spelling).
  • Posts include background information based on credible sources of scientific information, where applicable, to support discussion. *
  • All sources used are attributed to the original author with a citation or URL so that your classmates and instructor can locate and view the source. *
  • If a post is based on an opinion, the post offers a well phrased and thought out position.

*Please review Academic Honesty Policies.

Quizzes (10 quizzes; 10% of final grade)
In most weeks, you will complete a quiz. Quiz questions will cover the week’s lesson and reading from the textbook. Quizzes are open-book, open-notes and may be submitted multiple times prior to the due date with the highest grade recorded.

Lab Assignments (5 assignments; 30% of final grade)
Each week, you will apply the lesson content in a laboratory exercise. You will submit five laboratory reports based on the related laboratory exercises. Two of these assignments will be written assignments and three will be video-based submissions.

Unit Exams (5 exams; 35% of final grade)
You will complete five unit exams during the course. Each unit exam will cover approximately 3 chapters of the course textbook, lesson content, and laboratory activities. Exam questions cover both new material and relevant material from respective chapters. Unit exams are closed-book, closed-note, and the use of any external resources is prohibited.

Cumulative Final Exam (1 final exam; 15% of final grade)
You will complete one comprehensive final exam at the end of the course. The exam will cover all course readings, lessons, and laboratory activities completed during the course. The final exam is closed-book, closed-note, and the use of any external resources is prohibited.

Please see the Student Handbook to reference the University’s grading scale.

NameGrade %
Forums 10.00 %
Introduction Forum 0.63 %
Week 2 Forum 0.63 %
Week 3 Forum 0.63 %
Week 4 Forum 0.63 %
Week 5 Forum 0.63 %
Week 6 Forum 0.63 %
Week 7 Forum 0.63 %
Week 8 Forum 0.63 %
Week 9 Forum 0.63 %
Week 10 Forum 0.63 %
Week 11 Forum 0.63 %
Week 12 Forum 0.63 %
Week 13 Forum 0.63 %
Week 14 Forum 0.63 %
Week 15 Forum 0.63 %
Week 16 Forum 0.63 %
Quizzes 10.00 %
Quiz 1 1.00 %
Quiz 2 1.00 %
Quiz 3 1.00 %
Quiz 4 1.00 %
Quiz 5 1.00 %
Quiz 6 1.00 %
Quiz 7 1.00 %
Quiz 8 1.00 %
Quiz 9 1.00 %
Quiz 10 1.00 %
Lab Reports 30.00 %
Assignment 2: Lab Report 1 - Introduction to Science 6.00 %
Assignment 4: Lab Report 2 - Diffusion and Osmosis 6.00 %
Assignment 6: Lab Report 3 - Skin and Bone 6.00 %
Assignment 9: Lab Report 4 - The Brain 6.00 %
Assignment 11: Lab Report 5 - The Eye 6.00 %
Unit Exams 35.00 %
Unit Exam 1 7.00 %
Unit Exam 2 7.00 %
Unit Exam 3 7.00 %
Unit Exam 4 7.00 %
Unit Exam 5 7.00 %
Final Exam 15.00 %
Comprehensive Final Exam 15.00 %
Extra Credit 5.00 %
Assignment 3: Unit Exam 1 Extra Credit 1.00 %
Assignment 5: Unit Exam 2 Extra Credit 1.00 %
Assignment 7: Unit Exam 3 Extra Credit 1.00 %
Assignment 8: Unit Exam 4 Extra Credit 1.00 %
Assignment 10: Unit Exam 5 Extra Credit 1.00 %

In accordance with the Student Handbook (, students who have not received a shipping confirmation email from eScience Labs or UPS by the first Friday of class must drop the course and re-register for a future semester.

If you are retaking BIOL250 and need to replenish the supplies in your kit:

  • A resupply kit is available for purchase directly from eScience Labs. Please discuss your situation with your instructor before purchasing the consumables kit.

Required Technology

  • See the Technology Requirements section of the undergraduate catalog for the minimum hardware and software requirements.
  • In addition, students must be able to document their laboratory work using still pictures and/or video.
  • Microsoft Office 365 is available to APUS students for free. To sign up, visit If you have questions about accessing the software, please contact Classroom support at

Book Title:If you received a kit for a previous registration of this course, a 2nd kit will not be provided. Please contact for any questions.
ISBN:eScience Note 2
Book Title:Lab kits ship w/o any action needed, so your shipping address must be current. You may need to obtain items on your own (ex. gloves)
ISBN:eScience Note
Book Title:Custom Anatomy & Physiology 1 Lab Kit
Publication Info:eScience
Unit Cost:$139.00
Book Title:Anatomy & Physiology - e-book available online, link provided in the classroom
Publication Info:OpenStax
Author: No Author Specified
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.