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Note: I am not teaching Anatomy this semester. Please refer to Christine Peters-Stanton's or Leticia Gallardo's websites for anatomy this semester.


Welcome to Biology 47 - Human Anatomy (5 units)
Lecture 3 hours; lab 6 hours
Prerequisite: Completion of a College biology course or High school biology.
Recommended preparation: Math 902
Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

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This course for health professionals includes study of the gross and microscopic structure of the human body. Lab will consist of HUMAN CADAVER examination, CAT dissection, and microscopic examination of human tissues.


Student Resources
As a registered student you have a host of resources on campus that are available to you, many free of charge. The following is a partial list (for a complete list please refer to the college catalogue or the student services section of the college web page).

Admissions and Records General Support Services Campus Facilities
Application for admission Counseling Center Bookstore
WVC Portal (registration) Health Services Library
  Financial Aid  
Academic Support Services  
CANVAS Learning Management System
Tutorial Services  
Disability & Educational Support Program (DESP)  
Extended Opportunity Programs & Services (EOPS)  


Purchasing Course Books:
Required Books (see syllabus for additional recommended & optional books and supplies):

Martini, F.H., M.J. Timmons and R. B. Tallitsch. Human Anatomy, 8th ed., Pearson Benjamin Cummings, San Francisco, 2012. ISBN 978-0-321-90285-9 (note: older editions and alternate texts may be acceptable, check with the instructor. The version available in theWest Valley College bookstore will include an access code for an online study resource called Mastering Biology which is included free but is not required for this course).

Norris, N. Biology 47: Human Anatomy Course Manual, West Valley College Biology Department. 2015. (note: The lab manual is required for the lab and is only available from the West Valley College bookstore).

Several purchasing options are available to you.

West Valley Campus Bookstore: You can Purchase all of the books listed in the greensheet directly from the bookstore located on West Valley campus. The bookstore also provides an online service in case you do not want to go there in person (WVC bookstore). You can reserve the books to pick them up later or make arrangements for home delivery. Note: bookstore profits help fund the campus center - purchasing your books from the campus bookstore will help support the campus center.

Ordering online (new or used): I am aware that book prices are exorbitant. If book prices are out of your budget there may be alternatives to buying new copies. One option to save money is to order books online from discount suppliers. The down side is that it can take several days, or possibly weeks, for your books to arrive depending on the vendor, and you will need the "required books" on the first day of class. Consequently, unless you have ordered your books several weeks in advance, this option may better serve you for the purchase of the "optional books" listed in your syllabus. The following online vendors may prove to be good resources:

Other Local Bookstores: A less commonly successful but useful alternate is to search the local new and used bookstores in the area (including other campus bookstores) for the books you need. I have periodically found useful resource books at a significant discount at used bookstores.

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