Anatomy and Physiology I Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Page
1. I have an old textbook or an older edition of the required textbook, will that still be alright to use?
The medical field is a rapidly changing one. Older texts and editions may not have the current information.
If you have access to someone with a current edition, then using your older book may work. It will require
more time and research on your part. It's your choice, between spending more time or spending more money.
2. It's been a while since I've taken BIOL 1406. Do I need to retake BIOL 1406?
The concepts that you learn in freshman biology will be used in A&P I & II. If your freshman biology is over 3 years old, then you will be required to retake that course. Remember that some health professions programs have limits [3-5 years] on how old your science courses can be and still be acceptable. You may elect to retake Biol 1406 if your grade is to low to be used for a GPA required on the health professions application. If you received a C in 1406, you should consider taking BIOL 1407 as it will cover material applicable to microbiology as well as an introduction to Anatomy and Physiology topics. Having a strong freshman biology background will help you in your health sciences career.
3. I want to take several classes along with my A&P I course work. What can I take to maximize my time?
A&P I is primarily a an anatomy based class with some important physiology concepts. If you have a good chemistry bacground, then you may be able to handle other courses.
If you still need to take courses within a given time, take a course that works with A&P I and that does NOT require in-depth reading assignments (i.e. history or english). Medical terminology, psychology, and even math
could work well with A&P I. Most students find that A&P takes up most of their time. Don't jeopardize your GPA because you want to finish your course prerequisites quickly.
4. I had different instructors for BIOL 1406 lecture and lab last time. Now I have a different instructor for A&P 2401. How am I supposed to know what is expected?
Your new instructor will go over the course syllabus and their particular addendum for lecture and lab.
While it is nice to have the same lecture and lab instructor for the course, you will not always have that option because of the unique scheduling issues for each campus. Good instructors will challenge you to grow out of your comfort zone, all the while supporting and helping you through the course material.
5. I want to succeed in this course. What can I do to get the grade I need?
The best way to succeed in biology is to come prepared. In reality, you should have 2 semesters of math, 2 semesters of inorganic chemistry, and two semesters of freshman biology [BIOL 1406 and BIOL 1407]. Without this background, you will have to do outside reading and extra studying to learn the concepts of the course material. Normal study and prep time, including attending lecture and lab will account for 32-36 hours per week. Making the time necessary and being motivated are the foundations of success in this course.
6. What if I have a problem with my instructor?
For full time faculty, follow the directions on the departmental syllabus. For associate (part time) faculty, contact the department chair. Make sure you have the specfics of the "incident" documented.
Keep an open mind and understand that each professor has a unique teaching style. The division dean or department chair will be able to assess the severity of the situation.
7. What if I have questions?
Make sure you know the contact information for your professor.
Refer to their addendum for this information.
Schedule an appointment with them to discuss concerns or to clarify the information presented.
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