AP Biology

Unit 4: Anatomy

AP Biology does not require a dissection though students are required to understand feedback loops and how systems maintain homeostasis. The rat dissection is performed as an end of the year project in conjuction with learning the basics of the nervous system, urinary system, and endocrine system.

Dissections

Dissection of the Sheep Brain

Rat Dissection - Gross Anatomy

Explore the systems of the rat over 2-3 days. Focus is on the digestive, musculoskeletal system, and urogenital system. Depending on how much time is left in the year, assessment may be a lab practical or a traditional test.

*Virtual Rat Dissection | Rat Dissection Photo Album

Videos:

Dissection of the Brain

Positive and Negative Feedback Loops

Rat Dissection by Mrs. Muskopf

Rat Anatomy - Photos with Labels

Articles and Readings

Selected Chapters from "Stiff" by Mary Roach

Wild Life of Our Bodies (I Need My Appendix)