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.
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.
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